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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GT 445M v2 FirePro W4170M
Hitman 3 950% 655%
Cyberpunk 2077 707% 481%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 638% 431%
FIFA 21 307% 193%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1036% 717%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 614% 414%
Resident Evil 8 707% 481%
Genshin Impact 707% 481%
Far Cry 6 1068% 740%
The Medium 907% 625%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD FirePro W4170M are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GT 445M v2.

The FirePro W4170M has a 255 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GT 445M. This results in the FirePro W4170M providing 6.1 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The FirePro W4170M has a 255 MHz higher core clock speed than the GT 445M, but the GT 445M has 8 more Render Output Units than the FirePro W4170M. As a result, the GT 445M exhibits a 2.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the FirePro W4170M. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The FirePro W4170M was released over three years more recently than the GT 445M, and so the FirePro W4170M is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GT 445M when running the latest games.

The FirePro W4170M has 1024 MB more video memory than the GT 445M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the FirePro W4170M also has superior memory performance overall.

The FirePro W4170M has 32 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GT 445M, which means that the memory performance of the FirePro W4170M is noticeably better than the GT 445M.

The GeForce GT 445M v2 has 144 Shader Processing Units and the FirePro W4170M has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the GT 445M is 164 and the actual shader performance of the FirePro W4170M is 294. The FirePro W4170M having 130 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the FirePro W4170M delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GT 445M.

The FirePro W4170M transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GT 445M. This means that the FirePro W4170M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GT 445M.

The GeForce GT 445M v2 requires 35 Watts to run and the FirePro W4170M requires 50 Watts. The FirePro W4170M requires 15 Watts more than the GT 445M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the FirePro W4170M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GT 445M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed570 MHzvs825 MHz
Boost Clock-vs900 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF106-N11E-GE-A1GCN 1.1 Mars XTX
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date03 Sep 2010vs28 Apr 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed625 MHzvs1125 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth40GB/secvs72GB/sec
L2 Cache 384 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units144vs384
Actual Shader Performance8%vs14%
Texture Mapping Units24vs24
Texture Rate13.7 GTexel/svs19.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs8
Pixel Rate9.1 GPixel/svs6.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power35 Wattsvs50 Watts
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GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-540M 2.53GHzvsIntel Core i5-4340M 2.9GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GT 445M v2 is a Fast-Middle-Class Mobile Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Fermi Architecture.

The Fermi Architecture is manufactured with a 40nm technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GF106-N11E-GE-A1 which has 3 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 144 Shader Processing Units, 24 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 570MHz.

The GPU accesses a 1GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 625MHz.

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

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 35W, it is suited for 15" or larger laptops.

Gaming benchmarks put its performance almost on level with the desktop GeForce GT 450 v4.

System Suggestions
We recommend a decent processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 4GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 445M v2.
FirePro W4170M is a Professional Graphics Card based on the 28nm GCN architecture.
It's based on the GCN 1.1 Mars XTX and therefore offers 384 Shader Processing Units, 24 TMUs and 8 ROPs on a 128-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked 825MHz and goes up to 900MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1125MHZ.
Its performance lies somewhere between desktop Radeon R7 240 and Radeon R7 250.
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