GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of R9 M290X vs 960M among Laptop GPUs over 35W TDP


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T-Rex, Manhattan, Sky Diver Factor and Fire Strike Factor


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Performance per Watt

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Noise and Power

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Overall Score

AMD Radeon R9 M290X 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon R9 M290X  based on its gaming, benchmarks and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon R9 M290X

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon R9 M290X

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Much better PassMark score 4,284 vs 2,043 More than 2x better PassMark score
More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Higher memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s vs 80.2 GB/s More than 90% higher memory bandwidth
Better 3DMark06 score 6,817 vs 5,277 Around 30% better 3DMark06 score
Better floating-point performance 2,304 GFLOPS vs 1,404.2 GFLOPS Around 65% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 72 GTexel/s vs 43.9 GTexel/s Around 65% higher texture rate
Higher pixel rate 28.8 GPixel/s vs 17.55 GPixel/s Around 65% higher pixel rate
More shading units 1,280 vs 640 Twice as many shading units
More texture mapping units 80 vs 40 Twice as many texture mapping units
More render output processors 32 vs 16 Twice as many render output processors
Significantly wider memory bus 256 bit vs 128 bit 2x wider memory bus
Significantly better PassMark direct compute score 2,527 vs 1,479 More than 70% better PassMark direct compute score
Higher crysis 3 framerate 22.8 fps vs 20.75 fps Around 10% higher crysis 3 framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 960M

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M

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Higher clock speed 1,097 MHz vs 850 MHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Much better T-Rex score 3.69 frames/s vs -1 frames/s Around 475% better T-Rex score
Much better manhattan score 3,713.7 vs 2,047.22 More than 80% better manhattan score
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 1,176 MHz vs 900 MHz More than 30% higher turbo clock speed
Lower TDP 75W vs 100W 25% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon R9 M290X vs GeForce GTX 960M

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 M290X
258.05 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960M
174.57 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 M290X
54.52 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960M
54.29 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 M290X
1,134.46 frames/s
GeForce GTX 960M
795.24 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon R9 M290X
GeForce GTX 960M

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

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