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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 730M Radeon HD 6850M
Grand Theft Auto VI 1016% 1077%
New World 602% 640%
Resident Evil 8 932% 988%
The Ascent 1286% 1362%
Battlefield 2042 932% 988%
Far Cry 6 1047% 1110%
FIFA 22 300% 322%
Halo Infinite 932% 988%
Forza Horizon 5 525% 559%
Age of Empires IV 693% 736%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 730M are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon HD 6850M.

The GeForce GT 730M has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 6850M, but the Radeon HD 6850M has 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GT 730M. As a result, the Radeon HD 6850M exhibits a 3.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GeForce GT 730M. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GT 730M has a 50 MHz higher core clock speed than the Radeon HD 6850M and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GT 730M providing 0.8 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 GeForce GT 730M was released over a year more recently than the Radeon HD 6850M, and so the GeForce GT 730M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the Radeon HD 6850M.

The GeForce GT 730M has 1024 MB more video memory than the Radeon HD 6850M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce GT 730M also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GT 730M has 3.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 6850M, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GT 730M is marginally better than the Radeon HD 6850M.

The GeForce GT 730M has 384 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 6850M has 800. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GT 730M is 278 and the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 6850M is 270. The GeForce GT 730M having 8 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GT 730M delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the Radeon HD 6850M.

The GeForce GT 730M transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the Radeon HD 6850M. This means that the GeForce GT 730M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the Radeon HD 6850M. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce GT 730M should consume less power than the Radeon HD 6850M.

The GeForce GT 730M requires 33 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 6850M requires 50 Watts. The Radeon HD 6850M requires 17 Watts more than the GeForce GT 730M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the Radeon HD 6850M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce GT 730M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed725 MHzvs675 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureKepler GK107Terascale 2 Granville PRO
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date20 Jan 2013vs04 Jan 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs800 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/secvs25.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs green tick 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units384vs800
Actual Shader Performance13%vs13%
Texture Mapping Units32vs40
Texture Rate23.2 GTexel/svs27 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate11.6 GPixel/svs10.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power33 Wattsvs50 Watts
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GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-3210M 2.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-2617M 2-Core 1.5GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs6 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 730M is a Middle-Class Mobile Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Kepler Architecture.

The Kepler Architecture was NVIDIA's big step to power efficiency. Each Stream Multiprocessor (SMX) now hosts 192 Shader Processing Units - against the 48 of older Fermi Architecture, and has been redesigned being now clocked at the same speed of the Central Unit. This means they are more energy efficient and will consequently lead to cooler operating temperatures. However, it also means they are weaker. It can be said that one Fermi SMX is as fast as 2 Kepler SMXs.
Additionally, and not available in all GPUs, Kepler also introduced the Boost Clock Feature. The Boost Clock is an even higher Clock Speed activated when in gaming mode and becomes the effective speed of the GPU.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GK107 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 725MHz.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU. The Memory Clock Operates at 900MHz.

DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for Optimus, CUDA, OpenCL, DirectCompute, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 33W, it is suited for small laptops.

GeForce GT 730M is essentially a fast GeForce GT 645M.
Gaming benchmarks indicate its performance stands somewhere between GeForce GT 645M & GeForce GT 650M.

System Suggestions
We recommend a decent processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 4GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 730M.
Radeon HD 6850M is a high-end GPU based on the 40nm Terrascale 2 architecture.
It's based on the Juniper Core (therefore related to Radeon HD 6770) and offers 800 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs on a 128-bit memory interface. Though fast GDDR5 is supported, the most common version features standard DDR3 but comes higher clocked. Its central clock runs at 675MHz and the memory clock operates at 800MHz.
Compared to Radeon HD 6850M, its performance is considerably slower due to being paired with standard DDR3 and the power consumption should remain similar since GDDR5 is more energy efficient.
Using a 720p resolution, most of today's games are only playable at medium settings but with very fluent frame rates (45+).
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