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GeForce GTX 860M vs Radeon R9 M275X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 860M comes with clock speeds of 797 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1152 SPUs as well as 96 TAUs and 16 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 M275X, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1125 MHz on this specific model. It features 640 SPUs along with 40 Texture Address Units and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 860M 45 Watts
Radeon R9 M275X 50 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (11%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon R9 M275X is 13% quicker than the GeForce GTX 860M in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon R9 M275X 72000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 860M 64000 MB/sec
Difference: 8000 (13%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M is much (about 113%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 M275X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 76512 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M275X 36000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 40512 (113%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 M275X is a bit (more or less 13%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 860M, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

Radeon R9 M275X 14400 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 860M 12752 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1648 (13%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 860M

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Radeon R9 M275X

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 860M Radeon R9 M275X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 12 2014 May 1 2014
Code Name GM107 Venus XTX
Memory 4096 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 797 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 4500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 45 watts 50 watts
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 72000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 76512 Mtexels/sec 36000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12752 Mpixels/sec 14400 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 640
Texture Mapping Units 96 40
Render Output Units 16 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 860M

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Radeon R9 M275X

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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