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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game HD i7 3840QM GeForce GT 550M
Cyberpunk 2077 1728% 1122%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1572% 1017%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1518% 981%
FIFA 21 822% 516%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1518% 981%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2521% 1651%
Watch Dogs Legion 1664% 1078%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 1631% 1057%
Grand Theft Auto VI 2473% 1619%
Genshin Impact 1728% 1122%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GT 550M are significantly better than the Intel HD i7 3840QM.

The GeForce GT 550M has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed and 12 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD i7 3840QM. This results in the GeForce GT 550M providing 9.2 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 GeForce GT 550M has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed and 2 more Render Output Units than the HD i7 3840QM. This results in the GeForce GT 550M providing 1.7 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 HD i7 3840QM was released over a year more recently than the GeForce GT 550M, and so the HD i7 3840QM is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GeForce GT 550M.

The GeForce GT 550M has 1024 MB video memory, but the HD i7 3840QM does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD i7 3840QM has 16 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GT 550M has 96. However, the actual shader performance of the HD i7 3840QM is 83 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GT 550M is 142. The GeForce GT 550M having 59 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GT 550M delivers a slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the HD i7 3840QM.

The HD i7 3840QM transistor size technology is 18 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GT 550M. This means that the HD i7 3840QM is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GT 550M.

The HD i7 3840QM requires 45 Watts to run and the GeForce GT 550M requires 35 Watts. The HD i7 3840QM requires 10 Watts more than the GeForce GT 550M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the HD i7 3840QM to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce GT 550M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed650 MHzvs740 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs-
ArchitectureIvy Bridge GT2Fermi GF108
OC Potential - vs Poor
Driver Support Good vs Poor
Release Date29 Apr 2012vs05 Jan 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
1600x900 - vs green tick
vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
green tick vs -

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs1024 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus64 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth12.8GB/secvs28.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 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 Units16vs96
Actual Shader Performance4%vs7%
Texture Mapping Units4vs16
Texture Rate2.6 GTexel/svs11.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units2vs4
Pixel Rate1.3 GPixel/svs3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power45 Wattsvs35 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-3840QM 4-Core 2.8GHzvsIntel Core i3-2330M 2.2GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1366x768vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewN/AOverview
GeForce GT 550M is a 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 GF108 which has 2 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 96 Shader Processing Units, 16 TMUs and 4 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 740MHz.

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 900MHz.

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 only slightly above a desktop GeForce GT 430.

System Suggestions
We recommend a modest processor (Intel Core i3 Mobile) and 4GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GT 550M.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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