Graphics Comparison

Nvidia GTX 1080 12633  SEARCH
Nvidia GTX 1070 11604  SEARCH
 Nvidia GTX 980 Ti  11529  SEARCH
 Nvidia GTX 980  9739  SEARCH
Nvidia GTX 1060 9387  SEARCH
 Nvidia GTX 970  8653  SEARCH
 Nvidia GTX 960  5912  SEARCH
 Nvidia GTX 950  5240  SEARCH
 Nvidia GTX 780  8021  SEARCH
 Nvidia GTX 770  6149  SEARCH
 Nvidia GTX 760  4951  SEARCH
 Nvidia GTX 750 Ti  3686  SEARCH
 Nvidia GTX 750  3241  SEARCH
 Nvidia GT 740  1577  SEARCH
 Nvidia GT 730  926  SEARCH
 Nvidia GT 720  736  

Note - FPS will vary depending on overall system performance including processor and memory speeds


Radeon R9 Fury X 8327 SEARCH
Radeon RX 480 7559 SEARCH
Radeon R9 Nano TBA 
Radeon RX 470 7418 SEARCH
Radeon R9 390X 7555
Radeon R9 390 7167 SEARCH
Radeon R9 380 5126 SEARCH
Radeon R7 370 4722 SEARCH
Radeon RX 460 4218 SEARCH
Radeon R7 360 3051 SEARCH
Radeon R9 290 6890  SEARCH
Radeon R9 285 5531  SEARCH
Radeon R9 280X 5152  SEARCH
Radeon R9 280  4673  SEARCH
Radeon R9 270X  4576  SEARCH
Radeon R9 270 4240  SEARCH
Radeon R7 260X  3066  SEARCH
Radeon R7 260  2858  SEARCH
Radeon R7 250  1403  SEARCH
Radeon R7 240 963  SEARCH

Note - FPS will vary depending on overall system performance including processor and memory speeds 
N/A = Data Not Available
Data Accurate as of 27th August 2016




Radeon R7 AMD A10-7890K  
Radeon R7 8 AMD A10-7870K 1153 64 SEARCH
Radeon R7 8 AMD A10-7850K 1015
Radeon R7 8 AMD A10-7800 886 62 SEARCH
Radeon R7 AMD A8-7670K  924
Radeon R7 AMD A8-7650K 893
Radeon R7 6 AMD A8-7600 918 61 SEARCH
Radeon R5 4 AMD A6-7400K 644 30 - 40* SEARCH
Radeon R3 NA AMD Athlon 5350 373 20 SEARCH
Radeon HD 8470D NA AMD A4-7300 516 33 SEARCH
Radeon HD 8330 NA AMD A4-5000 348 19 SEARCH
Intel HD 530 24 Intel i7-6700K (Skylake) 967 40
Intel HD 520 24 Intel Pentium (Skylake)  767
Intel HD 5500 24 Intel i5-5200U 559 27
Intel HD 4600 20 Intel i7 (Haswell) 707 37 SEARCH
Intel HD 4600 20 Intel i5 (Haswell) 707 35* SEARCH
Intel HD 4400 20 Intel i3 (Haswell) 547 18 SEARCH
Intel HD 4000 10 Intel Pentium (Haswell) 451 17 SEARCH
Intel HD 4000 10 Intel Celeron (Haswell) 451 16 SEARCH
Intel HD Graphics 16 Intel N3700 (Braswell) TBD 15* SEARCH
Intel HD Graphics 12 Intel N3150 (Braswell) TBD 14 SEARCH
Intel HD Graphics 4 Intel J1900 (Baytrail) TBD 8 SEARCH
Intel HD Graphics 4 Intel J1800 (Baytrail) TBD 7* SEARCH
*estimated based on data available


Choosing the Right Graphics
Graphics Cards are the most important component of a computer if you are interested in 3D gaming, the power of your GPU will have the most influence on the Frame Rate (FPS) and detail level of your games graphics.

GPU performance and features also play an important role in video playback such as Bluray, online HD streaming and more recently the introduction of 4K UltraHD (2160p) content.

All modern processors with Integrated Graphics (known as IGP's or APU's) have the ability to smoothly decode 1080p video including Bluray, onboard dedicated decoders make this process very efficient so that even low powered IGPs can handle high bit rate Full HD video.

The introduction of 4K resolution has brought with it a few technology hurdles:

HDMI 1.4a vs HDMI 2.0
The first hurdle is a lack of bandwidth in the current HDMI 1.4a interface which limits the refresh rate to 30Hz at UltraHD resolutions (2160p). Please note - 30Hz is acceptable for movie playback which usually runs at 24Hz.

To combat this limitation HDMI have released version 2.0 which is capable of 2160p at a full 60Hz. HDMI 2.0 is available on the newest 4K TVs, the first generation of 4K TV's use HDMI 1.4a so please check if this is something you are looking into.

Currently the only Graphics Cards that feature HDMI 2.0 outputs are the NVidia GTX 900 series of cards, most recently being the GTX 950 which is ideally suited for HTPC 4K use.

h.264 vs h.265/HEVC
The level of detail in 4K video is amazing to witness, but with this detail comes larger file sizes which presents a problems such as increased storage space and increased streaming bandwidth required.

For many years the codec of choice has been h.264, most video cards and IGPs have inbuilt h.264 decoders which allows the GPU to efficiently handle all the decoding allowing the CPU to work on other tasks.

To counter the increased file size a new codec has been developed to further compress video file sizes called h.265, or otherwise known as HEVC. This new codec means that the majority of current IGP's and and Graphics Cards do not have the ability to decode HEVC video thus passing the task onto your CPU which can be very inefficient at this task, this means a fairly powerful processor is required for smooth 4K video decoding.

The newest generation of Graphics cards and IGPs have started to include dedicated h.265/HEVC decoders and encoders enabling UltraHD video playback available in much lower powered systems, these include the GTX 950 and 960 and the newest generation of Intels integrated graphics. Most recently is the release of the N3000 series of Intel Processors with 8th Generation Intel HD Graphics which are ideal for HTPC use with ultra low power consumption for silent operation and dedicated 4K hardware acceleration.
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