GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 8870M vs 850M among Laptop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

6.5

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M  based on its gaming, benchmarks and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 8870M

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 8870M

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Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 4,500 MHz vs 2,002 MHz Around 2.2x higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 72 GB/s vs 32 GB/s 2.2x higher memory bandwidth
Significantly higher battlefield 4 framerate 65.95 vs 20.4 Around 3.2x higher battlefield 4 framerate
Higher memory clock speed 1,125 MHz vs 1,001 MHz More than 10% higher memory clock speed
Front view of GeForce GTX 850M

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M

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Much higher dead space 3 framerate 57.85 fps vs 46.2 fps More than 25% higher dead space 3 framerate
Higher clock speed 902 MHz vs 725 MHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 14,358.5 vs 10,181.5 More than 40% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Significantly better T-Rex score 3,364.34 vs 2,077.4 More than 60% better T-Rex score
Better 3DMark06 score 4,385.5 vs 2,986 More than 45% better 3DMark06 score
Higher turbo clock speed 936 MHz vs 775 MHz More than 20% higher turbo clock speed
Higher diablo III framerate 61 fps vs 54.2 fps Around 15% higher diablo III framerate
Better fire strike factor score 26.99 vs 16.52 Around 65% better fire strike factor score
Better bitcoin mining score 153.1 mHash/s vs 106.85 mHash/s Around 45% better bitcoin mining score
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 28.4 fps vs 19.3 fps More than 45% higher BioShock infinite framerate

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 8870M vs GeForce GTX 850M

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8870M
106.85 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 850M
153.1 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8870M
24.1 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 850M
38.06 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8870M
1,797.75
GeForce GTX 850M
3,715.98

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 4

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