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 2 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 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 Memory2048 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 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 93.58      avg: 96.8 (84%)     median: 95.2 (83%)     max: 103.06 Points
3DMark (2013) - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 65179      avg: 128073 (37%)     median: 142410.5 (41%)     max: 162292 Points
3DMark (2013) - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 22135      avg: 26439.5 (34%)     median: 27604.5 (36%)     max: 28414 Points
3DMark (2013) - Fire Strike Standard Graphics 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 3174      avg: 3749.3 (31%)     median: 3938 (33%)     max: 3947 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 5210      avg: 5275.8 (41%)     median: 5257 (41%)     max: 5349 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 4905      avg: 5028.4 (32%)     median: 4969 (31%)     max: 5165 points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 18385      avg: 19133.3 (52%)     median: 19287 (52%)     max: 19574 Points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 17093      avg: 18075.5 (41%)     median: 18359 (42%)     max: 18491 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 58.4      avg: 67.1 (41%)     median: 70 (43%)     max: 70.2 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 56.44      avg: 59 (54%)     median: 58.9 (54%)     max: 61.49 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.

The Elder Scrolls Online
The Elder Scrolls Online (2014)
low:
89.6  fps      Compare
med.:
83.6  fps      Compare
high:
73.6  fps      Compare
ultra:
39.8  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Titanfall
Titanfall (2014)
low:
60 60 ~ 60 fps      Compare
med.:
60 60 ~ 60 fps      Compare
high:
58 59.5 59.7 ~ 59 fps      Compare
ultra:
37.3 42.4 48.1 ~ 43 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Thief
Thief (2014)
low:
60.5 62.3 ~ 61 fps      Compare
med.:
52.7 55.2 ~ 54 fps      Compare
high:
43.2 46.2 48.8 ~ 46 fps      Compare
ultra:
22.6 23.9 24.9 ~ 24 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
X-Plane 10.25
low:
90.3 99.2 ~ 95 fps      Compare
med.:
44.4 49.1 ~ 47 fps      Compare
high:
25.2 26.9 27.3 ~ 26 fps      Compare
ultra:
15.4 17.2 20 ~ 18 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Call of Duty: Ghosts
low:
83 89.1 ~ 86 fps      Compare
med.:
78.6 80.1 ~ 79 fps      Compare
high:
48.1 51.4 52.1 ~ 51 fps      Compare
ultra:
26.1 31 31.1 ~ 29 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Battlefield 4
low:
134.8 137.5 ~ 136 fps      Compare
med.:
104.3 105.2 ~ 105 fps      Compare
high:
70.2 73.7 74.5 ~ 73 fps      Compare
ultra:
26.2 28.8 28.9 ~ 28 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
F1 2013
F1 2013 (2013)
low:
118 118 ~ 118 fps      Compare
med.:
112 114 ~ 113 fps      Compare
high:
107 110 118 ~ 112 fps      Compare
ultra:
83 84 84 ~ 84 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Saints Row IV
low:
66.8 67.4 ~ 67 fps      Compare
med.:
58.9 59.1 ~ 59 fps      Compare
high:
49.3 50.1 53.4 ~ 51 fps      Compare
ultra:
31.1 33.4 34.6 ~ 33 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Dota 2
Dota 2 (2013)
low:
118.7 119.1 ~ 119 fps      Compare
med.:
116.1 117.6 ~ 117 fps      Compare
ultra:
58.3 82.4 83.1 ~ 75 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
GRID 2
GRID 2 (2013)
low:
134.8 134.8 ~ 135 fps      Compare
med.:
103.4 106.9 ~ 105 fps      Compare
high:
96.9 100.9 106.6 ~ 101 fps      Compare
ultra:
46.2 46.4 47.9 ~ 47 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Metro: Last Light
low:
94.9 95.7 ~ 95 fps      Compare
med.:
88.3 88.9 ~ 89 fps      Compare
high:
45.2 55 56 ~ 52 fps      Compare
ultra:
23.7 28.4 28.6 ~ 27 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
BioShock Infinite
low:
181.7 189.9 ~ 186 fps      Compare
med.:
124.7 125.7 ~ 125 fps      Compare
high:
103.9 110.3 111.3 ~ 109 fps      Compare
ultra:
35.9 42.3 42.7 ~ 40 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Tomb Raider
Tomb Raider (2013)
low:
290.9 297.2 ~ 294 fps      Compare
med.:
161.1 162.4 ~ 162 fps      Compare
high:
89.1 98.3 99.1 ~ 96 fps      Compare
ultra:
43 44.8 45.1 ~ 44 fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Crysis 3
Crysis 3 (2013)
low:
118.8 119.7 ~ 119 fps      Compare
med.:
77.2 77.8 ~ 78 fps      Compare