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Gaming Performance Comparison

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon HD 8730M are massively better than the .

The has no core clock speed set, so any comparison between Texture and Pixel Fill Rates is not currently possible.

The Radeon HD 8730M was released over three years more recently than the , and so the Radeon HD 8730M is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the when running the latest games.

The Radeon HD 8730M has 1024 MB video memory, but the does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The Radeon HD 8730M has 384 Shader Processing Units but the does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The Radeon HD 8730M requires 15 Watts to run but there is no entry for the .

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GPU Core Details

Core Speed650 MHzvs-
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Mars LE-
Notebook GPUyesno
Release Date01 Apr 2013-
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs-
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs-
Memory Bus128 Bitvs-
Memory TypeDDR3vs-
Memory Bandwidth32GB/secvs-
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs-
Actual Shader Performance228vs-
Texture Mapping Units24vs-
Texture Rate15.6 GTexel/svs-
Render Output Units8vs-
Pixel Rate5.2 GPixel/svs-

GPU Display Tech

Shader Model5.0vs-
Open GL4.3vs-
Max Resolution (WxH)-vs-
VGA Connections0vs-
DVI Connections0vs-
HDMI Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power15 Watts-

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended RAM6 GB-
Recommended Screen Size1366x768-
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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon HD 8730M is a Fast-Middle-Class Mobile Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the GCN Architecture.

The GCN 1.1 Release adds support for AMD's TrueAudio Technology which does calculations of audio effects "better" than the CPU and further improves the Powertune Technology.

It equips a GPU codenamed Mars PRO which has 6 Compute Units activated and thus offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs. The Central Unit Initially Operates at 650MHz and goes up to 700MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The memory clock operates at 1000MHz.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Crossfire, PowerTune Technology, Eyefinity, App Acceleration, HD3D, ZeroCore Power and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 15W, it is suited for 13" or larger laptops.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance somewhat above NVIDIA's GeForce GT 635M.

System Suggestions
We recommend a Decent Processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon HD 8730M.
Recommended CPUIntel Core 2 Duo P7350 2.0GHz
Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 2.4GHz
Intel Pentium P6000 1.87GHz
Intel Pentium P6100 2GHz
AMD Turion II Dual-Core Mobile M520
Possible GPU UpgradesGeForce GTX 675MX Mac Edition
GeForce GTX 680MX
GeForce GTX 670MX SLI
GeForce GTX 965M 2GB
GeForce GTX 870M 6GB
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