Select any two GPUs for comparison

Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon HD 6850M GeForce GTX 280M
Grand Theft Auto VI 1077% 1060%
New World 640% 629%
Resident Evil 8 988% 972%
The Ascent 1362% 1341%
Battlefield 2042 988% 972%
Far Cry 6 1110% 1093%
FIFA 22 322% 316%
Halo Infinite 988% 972%
Forza Horizon 5 559% 549%
Age of Empires IV 736% 724%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 6850M.

The Radeon HD 6850M has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 280M, but the GeForce GTX 280M has 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the Radeon HD 6850M. As a result, the GeForce GTX 280M exhibits a 10.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the Radeon HD 6850M. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The Radeon HD 6850M has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed than the GeForce GTX 280M and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the Radeon HD 6850M providing 1.4 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 Radeon HD 6850M was released over a year more recently than the GeForce GTX 280M, and so the Radeon HD 6850M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GeForce GTX 280M.

The Radeon HD 6850M and the GeForce GTX 280M have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GeForce GTX 280M has 35.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the Radeon HD 6850M, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 280M is noticeably better than the Radeon HD 6850M.

The Radeon HD 6850M has 800 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 280M has 128. However, the actual shader performance of the Radeon HD 6850M is 270 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 280M is 187. The Radeon HD 6850M having 83 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GeForce GTX 280M performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon HD 6850M transistor size technology is 15 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 280M. This means that the Radeon HD 6850M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 280M. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the Radeon HD 6850M should consume less power than the GeForce GTX 280M.

The Radeon HD 6850M requires 50 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 280M requires 75 Watts. The GeForce GTX 280M requires 25 Watts more than the Radeon HD 6850M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce GTX 280M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the Radeon HD 6850M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed675 MHzvs585 MHz
Boost Clock-vs-
ArchitectureTerascale 2 Granville PROTesla G92-N10E-GTX
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Poor
Release Date04 Jan 2011vs01 Mar 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

GPU Memory

Memory1024 MBvs1024 MB
Memory Speed800 MHzvs950 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth25.6GB/secvs60.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 256 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units800vs128
Actual Shader Performance13%vs9%
Texture Mapping Units40vs64
Texture Rate27 GTexel/svs37.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate10.8 GPixel/svs9.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs2560x1600
VGA Connections1vs1
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs75 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.3vs3.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-2617M 2-Core 1.5GHz-
Recommended RAM6 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon 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+).
GeForce GTX 280M is the second most powerful GPU of the 200M Series released by NVIDIA in 2009/2010. The biggest hindrance it has is the fact that it only supports DirectX up to 10 so DirectX 11 games aren't supported.
It uses the 'G92b' architecture, similar to the one 9800M GTX has but was manufactured at 55nm, instead of 65nm. It also features extra Pipelines as well as increases core frequencies so the performance is much better but still nothing like its desktop version - GeForce GTX 280. It's technically a slower GeForce GTX 285M.
Compared to powerful Mobile GPUS (e.g. GTX 485M, Radeon HD 6990M), GeForce GTX 280M is not far behind and it's capable of playing demanding games (like Crysis 2) at high settings. However, very demanding games like Metro 2033 can only be played at medium settings.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
GPU Variants