NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
vs
AMD Radeon R9 M280X 2GB

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
AMD Radeon R9 M280X 2GB
GTX 960M R9 M280X 2GB Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M AMD Radeon R9 M280X 2GB
Price $ 1,066.0 $ 1,070.0 4 (0%)
Year 2015 2015 0 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 66C 9 (12%)
Max Fan Noise 40dB 52.8dB 12.8 (32%)
Recommended Power Supply 75W 70W 5 (7%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz ($306.99) *closest mobile equivalent* Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99) *closest mobile equivalent*
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 27.7 FPS 27.0 FPS 0.7 (3%)
Average 1440p Performance 19.9 FPS 19.7 FPS 0.2 (1%)
Average 4K Performance 11.4 FPS 10.9 FPS 0.5 (4%)
Memory 4 GB 2 GB 2 (50%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 38.5 $ 39.6 1.1 (3%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 53.6 $ 54.3 0.7 (1%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 93.5 $ 98.2 4.7 (5%)
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Our Verdict: Upgrading from R9 M280X 2GB to GTX 960M is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
AMD Radeon R9 M280X 2GB
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
22
25.2
21
24.1
2019 Anthem
14
16.2
13
15.5
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
21
23.8
20
22.8
2019 Resident Evil 2
28
32.0
27
31.0
2019 Metro Exodus
12
14.2
12
13.8
2019 World War Z
23
26.2
27
30.2
2019 Gears of War 5
18
20.7
18
21.0
2019 F1 2019
23
26.0
23
26.3
2019 GreedFall
21
23.4
21
23.7
2019 Borderlands 3
14
16.4
14
16.6
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
28
31.6
28
32.0
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
10
12.2
11
12.3
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
17
19.1
17
19.4
2018 Forza Horizon 4
23
26.6
17
19.4
2018 Fallout 76
27
30.8
20
22.8
2018 Hitman 2
21
23.8
16
18.1
2018 Just Cause 4
18
20.6
18
20.0
2018 Monster Hunter: World
19
22.1
19
21.5
2018 Strange Brigade
29
33.3
30
33.8
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
19
21.7
18
20.1
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
24
27.0
17
19.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
25
28.5
24
27.6
2017 For Honor
34
37.9
33
36.8
2017 Project CARS 2
24
26.9
23
26.1
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
29
32.6
28
31.6
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
15
16.9
15
16.8
2016 Hitman
20
22.9
24
27.3
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
28
32.1
22
24.7
2016 The Division
21
24.2
20
23.1
2016 Overwatch
37
41.6
27
30.5
2016 Dishonored 2
17
19.6
17
19.0
2015 DiRT Rally
39
43.5
39
43.7
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
22
25.1
21
23.9
2015 The Witcher 3
20
23.0
17
19.2
2015 Rocket League
99
110.7
96
107.4
2015 Need For Speed
27
30.7
26
29.7
2015 Project CARS
26
29.4
25
28.5
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
48
53.8
46
52.2
2013 Crysis 3
24
27.4
22
25.0
2013 Battlefield 4
32
35.6
31
34.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
68
75.9
66
73.6
2009 League of Legends
128
142.4
124
138.1

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
AMD Radeon R9 M280X 2GB
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
15
18.8
14
18.0
2019 Anthem
10
12.9
9
12.3
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
14
18.5
14
17.7
2019 Resident Evil 2
17
21.5
16
20.8
2019 Metro Exodus
8
11.1
8
10.7
2019 World War Z
15
19.2
17
22.0
2019 Gears of War 5
12
15.0
12
15.2
2019 F1 2019
14
18.4
14
18.6
2019 GreedFall
13
16.9
13
17.1
2019 Borderlands 3
9
11.5
9
11.7
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
18
22.8
18
23.0
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
8
10.0
8
10.1
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
12
15.0
12
15.2
2018 Forza Horizon 4
17
22.4
13
16.8
2018 Hitman 2
12
15.4
9
11.4
2018 Just Cause 4
12
15.2
11
14.7
2018 Monster Hunter: World
12
15.5
12
15.0
2018 Strange Brigade
18
23.2
18
23.5
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
12
16.1
12
15.4
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
14
17.6
10
12.7
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
16
20.6
16
20.0
2017 For Honor
17
22.1
17
21.5
2017 Project CARS 2
15
19.0
14
18.4
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
23
29.4
22
28.5
2016 Overwatch
23
28.9
16
21.1
2016 Dishonored 2
13
16.8
13
16.3
2015 Rocket League
38
47.5
36
46.0
2015 Need For Speed
18
23.7
18
23.0
2015 Project CARS
18
22.5
17
21.8
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
27
34.8
27
33.8
2013 Crysis 3
19
24.7
19
24.5
2013 Battlefield 4
17
22.0
17
21.3
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
50
63.3
49
61.4
2009 League of Legends
63
79.1
61
76.7

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
AMD Radeon R9 M280X 2GB
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
7
11.2
7
10.7
2019 Anthem
4
7.0
4
6.7
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
6
9.8
6
9.4
2019 Resident Evil 2
7
10.6
7
10.3
2019 Metro Exodus
4
6.9
4
6.8
2019 World War Z
7
11.1
8
12.7
2019 Gears of War 5
6
9.5
6
9.6
2019 F1 2019
8
11.7
8
11.8
2019 GreedFall
4
7.0
4
7.0
2019 Borderlands 3
4
6.0
4
6.1
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
9
13.6
9
13.8
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
4
6.3
4
6.4
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
6
9.5
6
9.6
2018 Forza Horizon 4
10
14.7
7
10.7
2018 Hitman 2
6
9.1
4
6.7
2018 Just Cause 4
5
7.9
5
7.6
2018 Monster Hunter: World
5
7.4
5
7.2
2018 Strange Brigade
8
12.6
8
12.8
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
6
9.1
6
8.7
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
6
9.3
4
7.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
9
14.2
9
13.8
2017 For Honor
7
11.1
7
10.7
2017 Project CARS 2
11
15.8
10
15.3
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
17
24.7
16
23.9
2016 Overwatch
10
14.7
7
10.8
2016 Dishonored 2
9
13.3
9
12.9
2015 Rocket League
15
22.1
15
21.5
2015 Need For Speed
11
15.8
10
15.3
2015 Project CARS
11
15.8
10
15.3
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
11
16.2
10
15.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
39
57.0
38
55.2
2009 League of Legends
22
31.6
21
30.7
GTX 960M vs R9 M280X 2GB with i7-4790K vs i7-4770K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 960M vs R9 M280X 2GB with i7-4790K vs i7-4770K at 1440p and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 960M vs R9 M280X 2GB with i7-4790K vs i7-4770K at 4K and ultra vs ultra settings

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M / i7-4790K

In terms of cost, pricing clearly is a genuine issue here and the price of GTX 960M is simply ridiculous. With current 4096 MB RAM, the GTX 960M can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

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AMD Radeon R9 M280X 2GB / i7-4770K

In terms of cost, pricing clearly is a genuine issue here and the price of R9 M280X 2GB is simply ridiculous. With current 2048 MB RAM, the R9 M280X 2GB can have serious memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. This combination between R9 M280X 2GB and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between R9 M280X 2GB and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 2048 MB RAM, the R9 M280X 2GB can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

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GTX 960M vs R9 M280X 2GB Specifications Comparison

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