NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M is an (upper) mid-range, DirectX 11-compatible graphics card for laptops unveiled in March 2015. It is based on Nvidia's Maxwell architecture (GM107 chip) and manufactured in 28 nm. The GTX 950M offers 640 shader units clocked at 914 MHz (+ Boost) as well as fast GDDR5 memory (128 bit, 5000 MHz effective, 80 GB/s). Compared to the previous and technically very similar GTX 850M, the GTX 950M is clocked slightly higher. A detailed performance comparison of the GTX 950M with GDDR5 and DDR3 can be found here.

Some GTX 950M may be equipped with cheaper 900 - 1000 MHz DDR3 memory (1800 - 2000 MHz effective, 28.8 - 32 GB/s), which leads to a 10 - 20 percent lower performance despite the slightly higher core clock of 993 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.

GM107 supports DirectX 12 with feature level 11_0 only.

Performance

Although the GTX 950M has the same memory bandwidth as the previous GTX 850M, its higher core clock leads to a slightly better performance. Overall, the 950M (GDDR5 version) is about 15 percent slower than the GTX 960M and just slightly behind the old GTX 860M.

Many games of 2014/2015 can be played fluently in FullHD resolution and high detail settings. However, very demanding games such as Assassin's Creed Unity will require lower resolutions and/or details.

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 950M should be similar to (or slightly above) the previous GTX 850M at about 50 watts. Therefore, the GPU is best suited for 15-inch laptops or larger. The 900M series also supports Optimus to automatically switch between an integrated graphics card and the Nvidia GPU.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M is a high end DirectX 11.2 graphics card for laptops. The card is not yet officially announced and therefore the following information is based on rumors and leaks. The card based on the GM204 Maxwell chip, that is already available in the desktop GeForce GTX 970 and 980. Thanks to the improved efficiency, the GTX970M should be clearly faster than the previous GTX 870M and even the old GTX 880M.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M is an upper mid-range, DirectX 11-compatible graphics card for laptops unveiled in March 2015. It is based on Nvidia's Maxwell architecture (GM107 chip) and manufactured in 28 nm. The GTX 960M offers 640 shader units clocked at 1097 - 1202 MHz (Boost) as well as fast GDDR5 memory (128 bit, 5000 MHz effective, 80 GB/s).

Compared to the previous and technically very similar GTX 860M, the GTX 960M is clocked slightly higher.

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.

GM107 supports DirectX 12 with feature level 11_0 only.

Performance

Although the GTX 960M has the same memory bandwidth as the previous GTX 860M, its higher core clock leads to a slightly better performance. Overall, the 960M is almost 10 percent faster and similar to the desktop GTX 750 Ti.

Many games of 2014/2015 can be played fluently in FullHD resolution and high detail settings. However, very demanding games such as Assassin's Creed Unity will require lower resolutions and/or details.

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 960M should be similar to the old GTX 860M (about 60 watts). Therefore, the GPU is best suited for 15-inch laptops or larger. The 900M series also supports Optimus to automatically switch between an integrated graphics card and the Nvidia GPU.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950MNVIDIA GeForce GTX 970MNVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 900M Series
GeForce GTX 980M SLI 3072 @ 1038 - 1127 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M SLI 2560 @ 924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz2x 192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M SLI 2048 @ 924 - 950 (Boost) MHz2x 128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980M 1536 @ 1038 - 1127 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M 1280 @ 924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M 1024 @ 924 / 935 - 950 / 1151 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 960M 640 @ 1096 - 1202 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 950M 640 @ 914 - 993 - 1124 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 1800 - 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980M SLI 3072 @ 1038 - 1127 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M SLI 2560 @ 924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz2x 192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M SLI 2048 @ 924 - 950 (Boost) MHz2x 128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980M 1536 @ 1038 - 1127 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M 1280 @ 924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M 1024 @ 924 / 935 - 950 / 1151 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 960M 640 @ 1096 - 1202 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 950M 640 @ 914 - 993 - 1124 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 1800 - 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980M SLI 3072 @ 1038 - 1127 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M SLI 2560 @ 924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz2x 192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M SLI 2048 @ 924 - 950 (Boost) MHz2x 128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980M 1536 @ 1038 - 1127 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M 1280 @ 924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M 1024 @ 924 / 935 - 950 / 1151 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 960M 640 @ 1096 - 1202 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 950M 640 @ 914 - 993 - 1124 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 1800 - 5000 MHz
CodenameN16P-GTN16P-GX
ArchitectureMaxwellMaxwellMaxwell
640 - 1280 - 640 -
Core914 - 993 - 1124 (Boost) MHz924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz1096 - 1202 (Boost) MHz
Memory1800 - 5000 MHz5000 MHz5000 MHz
Bus128 Bit192 Bit128 Bit
MemoryDDR3/GDDR5GDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory4096 MB6144 MB4096 MB
nonono
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_0), 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 12_1), 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), 5.0
Transistors1870 Million5200 Million1870 Million
Technology28 nm28 nm28 nm
FeaturesBattery Boost, GameStream, ShadowPlay, GPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, SLI, GeForce Experience, GameWorks, Adaptive VSync, DSR, AnselBattery Boost, GameStream, ShadowPlay, GPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, SLI, GeForce Experience, DSR, Ansel, G-SYNCBattery Boost, GameStream, ShadowPlay, GPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, SLI, GeForce Experience, GameWorks, Adaptive VSync, DSR, Ansel
Size
Introduced12.03.2015 07.10.2014 12.03.2015
Manufacturerhttp://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook...http://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook...http://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook...

3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
1094 Points (8%)
min: 1198     avg: 1202     median: 1202 (9%)     max: 1206 Points
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
971 Points (7%)
min: 1138     avg: 1148     median: 1148 (8%)     max: 1158 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 139393     avg: 187457     median: 198867 (37%)     max: 204769 Points
min: 265020     avg: 277485     median: 274626 (52%)     max: 303296 Points
min: 191856     avg: 224199     median: 226308 (43%)     max: 251562 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 45989     avg: 75149.4     median: 73448 (10%)     max: 120877 Points
min: 42740     avg: 103456     median: 96678 (13%)     max: 203891 Points
min: 27912     avg: 90551.1     median: 106594 (15%)     max: 131124 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 1262     avg: 12003.7     median: 13966 (24%)     max: 16389 Points
min: 13453     avg: 20336.9     median: 20720 (35%)     max: 22537 Points
min: 4513     avg: 15112.8     median: 16283 (27%)     max: 19618 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 18547     avg: 21483.8     median: 21355.5 (12%)     max: 25900 Points
min: 24050     avg: 48403.3     median: 51247 (28%)     max: 55797 Points
min: 21403     avg: 29219.9     median: 30085.5 (16%)     max: 33474 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 2304     avg: 2898.6     median: 2837.5 (11%)     max: 3448 Points
min: 5982     avg: 6571.7     median: 6565 (25%)     max: 7124 Points
min: 2990     avg: 3926.8     median: 3984 (15%)     max: 4340 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 2931     avg: 3253.1     median: 3200 (8%)     max: 3638 Points
min: 7241     avg: 7481.7     median: 7463 (18%)     max: 8216 Points
min: 3906     avg: 4294.4     median: 4318 (11%)     max: 4705 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 40625     avg: 81849.1     median: 69209 (9%)     max: 162860 Points
min: 48702     avg: 130534     median: 116692 (16%)     max: 340853 Points
min: 28134     avg: 100084     median: 112891 (15%)     max: 200269 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 3276     avg: 4393.3     median: 4574.5 (15%)     max: 4892 points
min: 8533     avg: 9369.3     median: 9403 (30%)     max: 10936 points
min: 3527     avg: 5444.3     median: 5535.5 (18%)     max: 6161 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 4046     avg: 4348.4     median: 4367 (9%)     max: 4678 points
min: 9439     avg: 9950.2     median: 9877.5 (19%)     max: 12446 points
min: 4826     avg: 5276.6     median: 5278 (10%)     max: 5901 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 43262     avg: 46127.3     median: 43517 (23%)     max: 51603 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 19685     avg: 22797.7     median: 23810 (51%)     max: 24898 Points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Extreme HD DirectX 1920x1080
17.8 fps (12%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
42.1 fps (16%)
min: 91.6     avg: 92.8     median: 93 (35%)     max: 93.7 fps
min: 56     avg: 56.2     median: 56.2 (21%)     max: 56.3 fps
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - OpenGL, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
33.9 fps (20%)
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
56.1 fps (25%)
68.7 fps (31%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
min: 123.62     avg: 132.3     median: 132.3 (24%)     max: 141 fps
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
min: 59.9     avg: 60     median: 60 (16%)     max: 60 fps
GFXBench - Car Chase Offscreen off screen
69 fps (18%)
GFXBench - Car Chase Onscreen on screen
58.5 fps (41%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
min: 642     avg: 733     median: 743.5 (14%)     max: 803 Samples/s
min: 1113     avg: 1234     median: 1222.5 (23%)     max: 1395 Samples/s
min: 667     avg: 835.6     median: 879 (17%)     max: 991 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
min: 1118     avg: 1234.3     median: 1242.5 (12%)     max: 1334 Samples/s
min: 1920     avg: 2246     median: 2223 (21%)     max: 2545 Samples/s
min: 1097     avg: 1310.8     median: 1254 (12%)     max: 1532 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 2702     avg: 2777.2     median: 2747 (10%)     max: 2853 Points
min: 4975     avg: 5196.4     median: 5137.5 (18%)     max: 5622 Points
min: 3139     avg: 3320.9     median: 3337 (12%)     max: 3503 Points
Power Consumption - FurMark 1.19 GPU Stress Test - Power Consumption (external Monitor) 1280x720 *
75.7 Watt (18%)
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra 1920x1080 *
60.7 Watt (14%)
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra - Power Consumption *
33 Watt (7%)

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M → 205%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M → 184%

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* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

The Division 2

The Division 2

2019
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 950M:
49  fps
190%
GeForce GTX 970M:
93  fps
127%
GeForce GTX 960M:
62  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 950M:
24  fps
204%
GeForce GTX 970M:
49  fps
117%
GeForce GTX 960M:
28  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 950M:
17  fps
229%
GeForce GTX 970M:
39  fps
129%
GeForce GTX 960M:
22  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 950M:
12  fps
250%
GeForce GTX 970M:
30  fps
117%
GeForce GTX 960M:
14  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 970M:
20  fps
GeForce GTX 960M:
9