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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1060M Radeon R9 M395X 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 3% 85%
Hitman 3 34% 141%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 6% 69%
Resident Evil 8 3% 85%
FIFA 21 48% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 45% 161%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 9% 64%
Genshin Impact 3% 85%
The Medium 28% 131%
Far Cry 6 49% 168%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060M are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 M395X 4GB.

The GeForce GTX 1060M has a 681 MHz higher core clock speed but 22 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the R9 M395X. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GeForce GTX 1060M manages to provide 56.3 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 GTX 1060M has a 681 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the R9 M395X. This results in the GeForce GTX 1060M providing 44.3 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 GTX 1060M was released over a year more recently than the R9 M395X, and so the GeForce GTX 1060M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the R9 M395X.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GeForce GTX 1060M has 2048 MB more video memory than the R9 M395X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce GTX 1060M also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GTX 1060M has 32.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 M395X, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 1060M is noticeably better than the R9 M395X.

The GeForce GTX 1060M has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 M395X 4GB has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1060M is 2886 and the actual shader performance of the R9 M395X is 1259. The GeForce GTX 1060M having 1627 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 1060M delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 M395X.

The GeForce GTX 1060M transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the R9 M395X. This means that the GeForce GTX 1060M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R9 M395X.

The GeForce GTX 1060M requires 120 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 M395X 4GB requires 125 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1060M. The R9 M395X requires 5 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 1060M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the R9 M395X to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce GTX 1060M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1404 MHzvs723 MHz
Boost Clock1670 MHzvs-
ArchitecturePascal P106-400-A1GCN 1.2 Amethyst XT
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Sep 2016vs09 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed2002 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.2GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs61%
Texture Mapping Units106vs128
Texture Rate148.8 GTexel/svs92.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs32
Pixel Rate67.4 GPixel/svs23.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections1vs0

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs125 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 27 Amps-

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6300HQ 2.3GHzvsIntel Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 1060M is a performance notebook graphics card based on the Pascal Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed P106-400-A1 which is a First Gen Pascal GPU.

The central unit runs at 1404MHz and goes up to 1670MHz in Boost mode. These clock speeds are the only significant difference between the desktop version and this laptop version of the GTX 1060M, which sees the desktop running at 1506MHz in normal and 1709MHz in Boost

The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2002MHz.

Power Consumption
The desktop version of this GTX 1060 requires 120W

Early benchmarks indicate that this notebook GeForce GTX 1060M offers gaming performance around the Level of desktop GeForce GTX 970 and the GTX 1060M will be able to run most 2016 AAA games on High settings and 1080p screen resolution. Bringing real gaming performance to the laptop market

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1060M is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a High-End Processor and at least 8GB of RAM for optimal performance.
Radeon R9 M395X 4GB is a High-End Mobile Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture (CGN).

Radeon R9 M395X 4GB Features a GPU Codenamed Amethyst XT which is a Third Gen GCN GPU and is identical to the Tonga XT GPU used on the Desktop Radeon R9 380X.
Amethyst XT has 32 Compute Units Unlocked and thus offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

The Central Unit is Clocked at 723MHz.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 256-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 4GB. Under most circumstances, this only proves useful in certain 3D Games whose Settings Require Large Amounts of Memory.
However, because the GPU itself is too weak to work under other circumstances in which 4GB of Memory are needed - such as 4K Gaming, a Large Frame Buffer is mostly a Gimmick.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 125W, it is suited for very large laptops.

Radeon R9 M395X 4GB is a Direct Rebrand of Radeon R9 M295X 4GB.
Performance is Comparable to the desktop Radeon R9 280. Therefore, even GeForce GTX 970M is still faster.

System Suggestions
Radeon R9 M395X 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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