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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 965M 2GB Radeon R9 M295X 4GB
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds 108% 63%
Battlefield V 135% 84%
State Of Decay 2 38% 7%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 135% 84%
Far Cry 5 433% 316%
Dauntless 108% 63%
Dark Souls Remastered 2% 20%
Grand Theft Auto VI 241% 166%
The Crew 2 105% 60%
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age 123% 74%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4GB are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M 2GB.

The GTX 965M has a 74 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 M295X, but the R9 M295X has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 965M. As a result, the R9 M295X exhibits a 49.7 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 965M. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 965M has a 74 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 M295X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 965M providing 2.4 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 965M was released less than a year after the R9 M295X, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The R9 M295X has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 965M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 M295X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 M295X has 94.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 965M, which means that the memory performance of the R9 M295X is massively better than the GTX 965M.

The GeForce GTX 965M 2GB has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 M295X 4GB has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 965M is 1017 and the actual shader performance of the R9 M295X is 1132. The R9 M295X having 115 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 M295X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 965M.

The GeForce GTX 965M 2GB requires 70 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 M295X 4GB requires 125 Watts. The R9 M295X requires 55 Watts more than the GTX 965M to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 M295X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 965M.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed924 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock993 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-N16ETonga
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date07 Jan 2015vs23 Nov 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1362 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs174.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 28% vs green tick 54%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs2048
Actual Shader Performance49%vs54%
Texture Mapping Units64vs128
Texture Rate59.1 GTexel/svs108.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs27.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power70 Wattsvs125 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4710MQ 4-Core 2.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4930MX 4-Core 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 965M 2GB is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture.

GeForce GTX 965M 2GB Equips the GPU Codenamed GM204-N16E-GS which is a Second Gen Maxwell GPU and has 8 SM activated. It offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

The central unit runs at 924MHz and goes up to 950MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 128-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1253MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 2GB. This is adequate for 1080p Gaming in most Games.

Power Consumption
GeForce GTX 965M 2GB has a Rated Board TDP of 50W.

GeForce GTX 965M 2GB proves to be incredible fast at resolutions up to 1920x1080. In fact, even at 1920x1080 it matches the older GeForce GTX 870M.
Above 1920x1080, GeForce GTX 965M 2GB's performance decreases significantly and becomes further distant from the higher positioned GeForce GTX 970M.
Nevertheless, all modern games should run comfortably at 1080p. It can be said its performance lies somewhere between a desktop GeForce GTX 660 and a Radeon R9 270 which are both powerful Graphics Cards.

System Suggestions
We Recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Radeon R9 M295X 4GB is an upcoming high-end mobile Graphics Card, based on the second revision of the GCN architecture.
It offers a GPU codenamed "Tonga" which is at essence an upgraded Tahiti XTX GPU (used on Radeon HD 7970 GE) and features 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5.
The clock frequencies are not known yet.
Expect a rated board TDP that should clearly surpass the 100W barrier and performance around the levels of a Radeon HD 7950.
There are no benchmarks yet but we predict Radeon R9 M295X 4GB has potential to be slightly faster than the world's most powerful mobile Graphics Card as of June 2014 - GeForce GTX 880M.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz
Intel Core i7-820QM 4-Core 1.73GHz
Intel Core i3-6167U 2.7GHz
Intel Core i3-6100H 2.7GHz
Intel Core i5-5350U 1.8GHz
Intel Core i7-4930MX 4-Core 3.0GHz
Intel Core i7-5950HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz
Intel Core i7-4980HQ 4-Core 2.8GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesN/AN/A
GPU Variants--