GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 8870M vs 950M 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

7.1

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M  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 1,800 MHz 2.5x higher effective memory clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 72 GB/s vs 28.8 GB/s 2.5x higher memory bandwidth
Much better T-Rex score 3,362 vs 1,680.85 More than 2x better T-Rex score
Higher memory clock speed 1,125 MHz vs 900 MHz 25% higher memory clock speed
Front view of GeForce GTX 950M

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M

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Significantly higher clock speed 993 MHz vs 725 MHz More than 35% higher clock speed
Better 3DMark 11 graphics score 22,237 vs 15,675 More than 40% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 1,124 MHz vs 775 MHz More than 45% higher turbo clock speed
Much higher diablo III framerate 102.9 fps vs 54.2 fps Around 90% higher diablo III framerate
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 14,227 vs 10,181.5 Around 40% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Better 3DMark06 score 4,444 vs 2,986 Around 50% better 3DMark06 score
Higher hitman: absolution framerate 31.2 vs 13 Around 2.5x higher hitman: absolution framerate
Better face detection score 40.71 mPixels/s vs 24.1 mPixels/s Around 70% better face detection score
Better PassMark direct compute score 1,764 vs 1,108 Around 60% better PassMark direct compute score
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 29.6 fps vs 19.3 fps Around 55% higher BioShock infinite framerate

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 8870M vs GeForce GTX 950M

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8870M
106.85 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 950M
139.85 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8870M
24.1 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 950M
40.71 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8870M
465.5 frames/s
GeForce GTX 950M
369.32 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8870M
3,715.76
GeForce GTX 950M
1,858.22

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