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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1050M Radeon R9 M395X 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 81% 85%
Hitman 3 135% 141%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 65% 69%
Resident Evil 8 81% 85%
FIFA 21 9% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 154% 161%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 60% 64%
Genshin Impact 81% 85%
The Medium 126% 131%
Far Cry 6 162% 168%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050M are marginally better than the AMD Radeon R9 M395X 4GB.

The GeForce GTX 1050M has a 631 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 M395X, but the R9 M395X has 88 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 1050M. As a result, the R9 M395X exhibits a 38.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 1050M. 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 1050M has a 631 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 M395X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GTX 1050M providing 20.2 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 1050M was released over a year more recently than the R9 M395X, and so the GeForce GTX 1050M 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 R9 M395X has 2048 MB more video memory than the GeForce GTX 1050M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 M395X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 M395X has 47.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 1050M, which means that the memory performance of the R9 M395X is noticeably better than the GeForce GTX 1050M.

The GeForce GTX 1050M has 640 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 M395X 4GB has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1050M is 1257 and the actual shader performance of the R9 M395X is 1259. The R9 M395X having 2 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 M395X delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 1050M.

The GeForce GTX 1050M transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the R9 M395X. This means that the GeForce GTX 1050M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the R9 M395X. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce GTX 1050M should consume less power than the R9 M395X.

The GeForce GTX 1050M requires 75 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 M395X 4GB requires 125 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1050M. The R9 M395X requires 50 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 1050M to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 M395X may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GTX 1050M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1354 MHzvs723 MHz
Boost Clock1455 MHzvs-
ArchitecturePascal P107GCN 1.2 Amethyst XT
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Nov 2016vs09 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1752 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.1GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 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 Units640vs2048
Actual Shader Performance60%vs61%
Texture Mapping Units40vs128
Texture Rate54.2 GTexel/svs92.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate43.3 GPixel/svs23.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power75 Wattsvs125 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 27 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-6700HQ 4-Core 2.6GHzvsIntel Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The latest GeForce GTX 1050m is Nvidia's lower end graphics card designed for laptops, although they have decided to name both the GTX 1050. They share exactly the same perormance. Designed to compete against AMDs more affordable gaming cards, like the RX 460 or RX 470 and expected to replace the outgoing GTX 960.

The Pascal Architecture aims for twice as much performance as the Maxwell Architecture and Introduces support for Second Gen HBM.

It equips a GPU Codenamed GP107-400 which has 5 SM activated and thus 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1354MHz and goes up to 1455MHz with the Boost Clock.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface, while the memory clock Operates at 3504MHz which is outstanding.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 75W, it relies entirely on the PCI Slot for power, meaning no extra connectors are required.

The GTX 1050 will enable mid level graphics performance on modern AAA 2016 released games. Although there will be variations on this frame rate we expect this card to deliver around 50+ FPS on medium graphics settings at a 1080p screen resolution.
Comparatively, this card will have slightly faster performance than the GTX 960.

System Suggestions
The GeForce GTX 1050 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080, so our recommendation would be to use 1600x900 in order to get the most out of your settings. We recommend a high-end processor such as the i7-6700HQ and 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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