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GeForce GTX 870M vs Radeon R9 M380

Intro

The GeForce GTX 870M makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 941 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this particular card. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 TAUs and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 M380, which features GPU clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1500 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 640 Stream Processors, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 870M is a lot (approximately 163%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 M380. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 105392 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M380 40000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 65392 (163%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 870M is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 22584 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M380 16000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 6584 (41%)

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 870M

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Radeon R9 M380

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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 870M Radeon R9 M380
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 12 2014 2015
Code Name GK104 Cape Verde
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 941 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts (Unknown) watts
Bandwidth 96000 MB/sec 96000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 105392 Mtexels/sec 40000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 22584 Mpixels/sec 16000 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1344 640
Texture Mapping Units 112 40
Render Output Units 24 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-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 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its 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 the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 870M

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Radeon R9 M380

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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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