NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M is an upper mid-range, DirectX 11-compatible graphics card for laptops unveiled in March 2014. It is one of the first cards based on Nvidia's new Maxwell architecture (GM107 chip), but is still manufactured in 28 nm. The GTX 860M offers 640 shader units clocked at 1029 MHz (+ Boost) as well as 4 GB of GDDR5 memory (128 bit, 5000 MHz effective).

Alternatively, there is also a version based on the Kepler chip GK104, which has 1152 shader units clocked at 797 MHz.

Architecture

Compared to Kepler, Maxwell has been optimized in several details to increase power efficiency. Smaller Streaming Multiprocessors (SMM) with only 128 ALUs (Kepler: 192) and an optimized scheduler should lead to better utilization of the shaders. Nvidia promises that a Maxwell SMM with 128 ALUs can offer 90 percent of the performance of a Kepler SMX with 192 ALUs. GM107 features 5 SMMs and thus 640 shader cores, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs (128-bit interface).

Another optimization is the massively enlarged L2 cache (GM107: 2 MB). The increased size can handle some of the memory traffic to allow for a relatively narrow memory interface without significantly reducing the performance.

Similar to Fermi and Kepler, Maxwell / GM107 supports DirectX 11.2 with feature level 11.0 only.

Performance

Although the GTX 860M has much less memory bandwidth and computing power, it can compete with (or sometimes even beat) the old Kepler-based GeForce GTX 770M while drawing significantly less power. Many games of 2013/2014 (Tomb Raider or BioShock Infinite, etc.) can be played fluently in FullHD resolution and very high detail settings. However, very demanding games such as Crysis 3 or Battlefield 4 will require lower resolutions and/or details.

Despite its considerably higher shader count, the Kepler version is about 10 percent slower, mainly due to the worse bandwidth efficiency.

Features

GM107 integrates the sixth generation of the PureVideo HD video engine (VP6), offering a better decoding performance for H.264 and MPEG-2 videos. Of course, VP6 supports all features of previous generations (4K support, PIP, video encoding via NVENC API). Unfortunately, HDMI 2.0 is still not supported.

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 860M should be similar to the old GTX 765M (about 60 watts). The low-clocked Kepler version draws just slightly more power. Therefore, the 860M is best suited for 15-inch laptops or larger. The 800M series also supports Optimus to automatically switch between an integrated graphics card and the Nvidia GPU.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTX 800M Series

GeForce GTX 880M SLI

3072 @ 954MHz256 Bit @ 5000MHz

GeForce GTX 860M SLI

1280 @ 1029MHz128 Bit @ 5000MHz

GeForce GTX 880M

1536 @ 954MHz256 Bit @ 5000MHz

GeForce GTX 870M

1344 @ 941MHz192 Bit @ 5000MHz
GeForce GTX 860M 640 @ 1029MHz128 Bit @ 5000MHz

GeForce GTX 850M

640 @ 876MHz128 Bit @ 2000 - 5000MHz
CodenameN15P-GX
ArchitectureMaxwell
Pipelines640 - unified
Core Speed *1029 MHz
Memory Speed *5000 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Transistors1870 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesBattery Boost, GameStream, ShadowPlay, GPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, SLI, GeForce Experience
Notebook Sizemedium sized
Date of Announcement12.03.2014
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

Cinebench R15 - Ref. Match 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 99.6      avg: 99.6 (100%)     median: 99.6 (100%)     max: 99.6 Points
Cinebench R15 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 88.95      avg: 95.6 (80%)     median: 95.5 (80%)     max: 103.06 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 3174      avg: 3868.6 (32%)     median: 3936 (33%)     max: 4199 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 22135      avg: 27535.2 (36%)     median: 28019 (36%)     max: 30150 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 137981      avg: 137981 (52%)     median: 137981 (52%)     max: 137981 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 65179      avg: 150118.5 (20%)     median: 161461.5 (22%)     max: 193375 Points
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 45.2      avg: 49.5 (34%)     median: 49.5 (34%)     max: 53.9 fps
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
0% 100%
min: 3106      avg: 3106 (54%)     median: 3106 (54%)     max: 3106 Points
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 483      avg: 483 (32%)     median: 483 (32%)     max: 483 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala Scene, OpenCL GPUs-only
0% 100%
min: 914      avg: 914 (37%)     median: 914 (37%)     max: 914 Samples/s
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 4819      avg: 4995.3 (31%)     median: 4925.5 (31%)     max: 5305 points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 5046      avg: 5221.4 (40%)     median: 5217 (40%)     max: 5545 points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 17093      avg: 18283.1 (40%)     median: 18345 (40%)     max: 19732 Points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 17842      avg: 19054.6 (49%)     median: 19283 (50%)     max: 20492 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 20419      avg: 20419 (68%)     median: 20419 (68%)     max: 20419 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 58.4      avg: 68.7 (37%)     median: 70 (38%)     max: 75.2 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060
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min: 5.48      avg: 16 (31%)     median: 20.8 (41%)     max: 21.63 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 1.34      avg: 2 (2%)     median: 2.3 (3%)     max: 2.29 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 13.52      avg: 17.8 (50%)     median: 19.8 (55%)     max: 19.97 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060
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min: 1.35      avg: 10.1 (54%)     median: 13.9 (75%)     max: 14.88 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 16.95      avg: 25.7 (48%)     median: 29.8 (55%)     max: 30.37 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 0.7      avg: 6 (27%)     median: 0.7 (3%)     max: 16.7 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 11.1      avg: 19.8 (27%)     median: 11.6 (16%)     max: 36.87 fps
SPECviewperf 12 - Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060
0% 100%
min: 14.24      avg: 15.8 (29%)     median: 16.5 (30%)     max: 16.69 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 5.46      avg: 5.5 (9%)     median: 5.5 (9%)     max: 5.46 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1.34      avg: 1.3 (2%)     median: 1.3 (2%)     max: 1.34 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 13.16      avg: 13.2 (20%)     median: 13.2 (20%)     max: 13.16 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1.25      avg: 1.3 (7%)     median: 1.3 (7%)     max: 1.25 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 15.14      avg: 15.1 (13%)     median: 15.1 (13%)     max: 15.14 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 15.27      avg: 15.3 (19%)     median: 15.3 (19%)     max: 15.27 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 37.07      avg: 37.1 (46%)     median: 37.1 (46%)     max: 37.07 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Catia 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 14.56      avg: 14.6 (21%)     median: 14.6 (21%)     max: 14.56 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 54.53      avg: 57.6 (53%)     median: 57.7 (53%)     max: 61.49 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 6612      avg: 6706 (55%)     median: 6738 (56%)     max: 6768 Points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

GRID: Autosport
low 1024x768
151.9 232.4 ~ 192 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
96.2 123.1 ~ 110 fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
72.4 88 95.6 ~ 85 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
42.6 47.2 61 ~ 50 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Watch Dogs
low 1024x768
60.7 81.7 ~ 71 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
52.8 68.6 ~ 61 fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
27 28.4 ~ 28 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
18.9  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Wolfenstein: The New Order
low 1280x720
59.9 60 60 ~ 60 fps      Compare
med. 1280x720
59.1 59.9 60 ~ 60 fps      Compare
high 1920x1080
45.4 54.7 59 ~ 53 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
35.2 35.7 ~ 35 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
The Elder Scrolls Online
low 1024x768
87.8 89.6 ~ 89 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
79.3 83.6 ~ 81 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
67.8 73.6 ~ 71 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
39.8 40.7 ~ 40 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Titanfall

Titanfall

2014
low 1024x768
60 60 ~ 60 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
60 60 ~ 60 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
58 59.5 59.7 ~ 59 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
37.3 42.4 48.1 ~ 43 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Thief

Thief

2014
low 1024x768
56.9 60.5 62.3 ~ 60 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
50.1 52.7 55.2 ~ 53 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
37.4 42 43.2 44.8 46.2 48.8 ~ 44 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
21.9 22.6 23.9 24 24.9 25.4 ~ 24 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
X-Plane 10.25
low 1024x768
90.3 99.2 ~ 95 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
44.4 49.1 ~ 47 fps      Compare
high 1366x768
25.2 26.9 27.3 ~ 26 fps      Compare
ultra 1920x1080
15.4 17.2 20 ~ 18 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Call of Duty: Ghosts
low 1024x768
83 88.8 89.1 ~ 87 fps      Compare
med. 1366x768
78.6 80.1 82.7 ~ 80 fps      Compare