AMD Radeon RX 540 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M

AMD Radeon RX 540
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M

General info

Comparison of Radeon RX 540 and GeForce GTX 850M architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Polaris
 
Maxwell
Code name
Polaris 12
 
GM107
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
21 March 2017
 
12 March 2014

Technical specs

Radeon RX 540 and GeForce GTX 850M's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon RX 540 and GeForce GTX 850M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
512
 
640
CUDA cores
no data
 
640
Boost Clock
1219 MHz
 
no data
Transistor count
1,500 million
 
1,870 million
Manufacturing process technology
14 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
65 Watt
 
45 Watt
Texture fill rate
39.01
 
36.08
Floating-point performance
1,248 gflops
 
1,155 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon RX 540 and GeForce GTX 850M compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.
Laptop size
large
 
medium sized
Bus support
no data
 
PCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
no data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon RX 540 and GeForce GTX 850M: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
DDR3
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
2 GB
Standard memory configuration
no data
 
DDR3 or GDDR5
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
6000 MHz
 
no data
Memory bandwidth
96 GB/s
 
80.0 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon RX 540 and GeForce GTX 850M.
Display Connectors
no data
 
No outputs
eDP 1.2 signal support
no data
 
Up to 3840x2160
LVDS signal support
no data
 
Up to 1920x1200
VGA аnalog display support
no data
 
Up to 2048x1536
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
no data
 
Up to 3840x2160
HDMI
-
 
+
HDCP content protection
-
 
+
7.1 channel HD audio on HDMI
-
 
+
TrueHD and DTS-HD audio bitstreaming
-
 
+

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon RX 540 and GeForce GTX 850M. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
FreeSync
+
 
-
3D Blu-Ray
-
 
+
GeForce ShadowPlay
-
 
+
GPU Boost
no data
 
+
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
-
 
+
Optimus
-
 
+
BatteryBoost
-
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
no data
 
+
GeForce Experience
no data
 
+
FXAA
no data
 
+
TXAA
no data
 
+
Direct Compute
no data
 
+
Adaptive VSync
no data
 
+
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
+
 
no data
Ansel
no data
 
+
HDMI 2.0
+
 
no data

API support

APIs supported by Radeon RX 540 and GeForce GTX 850M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12
 
12 (11_0)
OpenGL
no data
 
4.5
OpenCL
no data
 
1.1

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon RX 540 and GeForce GTX 850M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

RX 540 9.90 +18.8%
GTX 850M 8.33

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

RX 540 24170 +10.5%
GTX 850M 21873

3DMark Fire Strike Score

RX 540 3059 +10.6%
GTX 850M 2766

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

RX 540 3686 +19.4%
GTX 850M 3086

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

RX 540 4646 +5.9%
GTX 850M 4386

3DMark Vantage Performance

RX 540 13720
GTX 850M 15863 +15.6%

Unigine Heaven 3.0

RX 540 31
GTX 850M 42 +35.5%

Passmark

RX 540 2788 +4.3%
GTX 850M 2674

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon RX 540 and GeForce GTX 850M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
no data
 
153 Mh/s
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
no data
 
1.8 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon RX 540 and GeForce GTX 850M are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 540

18.8% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (21 March 2017 vs 12 March 2014)
Higher memory bandwidth (96 vs 80 GB/s)
Finer manufacturing process technology (14 vs 28 nm)
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
HDMI 2.0
AMD FreeSync
FreeSync

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M

More pipelines (640 vs 512)
Less power hungry (45 vs 65 watts)
Battery Boost (saves energy while gaming by lowering FPS to a still acceptable level. Can make a laptop working on battery twice as long, depending on the particular game)
NVIDIA GameStream
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Adaptive VSync
Ansel
NVIDIA BatteryBoost
TXAA
FXAA
Direct Compute
Blu-Ray 3D
HDMI
HDCPContentProtection
71ChannelHDAudioOnHDMI
TrueHDAndDTSHDAudioBitstreaming
H264VC1MPEG21080pVideoDecoder
Optimus Support

So, RX 540 or GTX 850M?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends AMD Radeon RX 540.
Should you still have questions on choice between Radeon RX 540 and GeForce GTX 850M, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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