NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI

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 1050 Ti (Desktop)

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The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (N17P-G1) for desktops is an entry level gaming graphics card that was announced late 2016. It is based on the GP107 chip using the Pascal architecture and manufactured in 14nm FinFET at Samsung (the bigger Pascal chips are manufactured in 16nm at TSMC). Usually it is equipped with 4 GB GDDR5 memory with a 7 Gbps data rate. The mobile GTX 1050 Ti version should be announced later (beginning of 2017) and feature similar specs.

The performance of the GTX 1050 lies between the Radeon RX 460 and the RX 470 on a similar level of the old GeForce GTX 960 (or 970M). Therefore, the card is most suited for 1080p gaming at high detail settings (but not maximum settings).

See our extensive review of the MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti for more information on power consumption, benchmarks and noise level.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI is a high-end DirectX 11-compatible graphics solution for laptops, consisting of two GeForce GTX 965M. Each card has a 28 nm GM204 GPU based on the Maxwell architecture, which is the same chip as found on the GTX 980M, GTX 970M as well as several desktop cards. The clocks for the SLI-setup are usually identical to a single GTX 965M (924 MHz GPU, 1250 MHz memory).

With SLI, each card renders a single frame (AFR mode). Therefore, it may suffer from micro stuttering in low fps ranges of 30 fps. This happens because of different timespans between two frames (e.g., irregular delays between sequential frames).

Architecture

GM204 is based on Nvidia's Maxwell architecture, which replaces the previous Kepler generation. Among other changes, Nvidia have restructured the streaming multi processors (SMM) in order to increase workload and efficiency. Now each SMM contains only 128 shader units and 8 TMUs, which is noticeably less than an equivalent Kepler GPU. The GM204 features four GPCs, and each consists of four SMMs. But, in the GeForce GTX 965M, Nvidia have deactivated 8 of 16 SMMs. As a result, only 1024 shader ALUs and 64 TMUs are active. In addition, there are 32 ROPs in two clusters with 16 units each.

The memory interface has a bandwidth of 128-bits (2x 64 bit) for each of the two GPUs. Thanks to an improved compression algorithm, the connection to the GDDR5 memory should be significantly more efficient per MHz. Furthermore, the L1 (96 KB per SMM) and L2 caches (2 MB) have been significantly increased to lower the needed bandwidth. Compared to the mid-range GM107, the newer and larger GM204 has several additional features and changes. Aside from the improved polymorphic engine in the SSMs, it is also the first Nvidia chip to support DirectX 12 Feature Level 12_1.

Performance

With good driver support, SLI almost doubles the performance of a single card. In this case, the GTX 965M SLI beats a single GeForce GTX 980M by about 10 percent. Therefore, the GTX 965M SLI is powerful enough to run even the most demanding games with highest details, AA/AF and/or resolutions exceeding FullHD.

Features

Most of the features are identical to the GeForce GTX 800M series. With the GTX 965M, there can be up to 4 active displays, but this will likely decrease due to Optimus. Displays can be connected with a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels via DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 2.0 (no HDCP @ 4K). HD audio formats like Dolby True HD and DTS HD can be sent to a compatible receiver as bitstream. As with previous models, 3D Vision is not supported with Optimus.

The video processor VP6 supports the usual formats like H.264 and can also decode and encode H.265 with a resolution of up to 4K via the NVENC API (hybrid H.265 decoder, not fully fixed function). Several parallel streams, such as picture-in-picture in a Blu-Ray movie, are also possible.

Further features of the GTX 900M series, which are also partly supported by older cards, include Battery Boost (longer battery life during gaming), Shadowplay (recording of gaming videos up to 4K60p and 130 Mbit/s) and Gamestream (game streaming on Shield console). More information on these features are available here.

Power Consumption

The power consumption of each GeForce GTX 965M including its MXM board and memory should be around 70 W, leading to a total TDP of about 140 W. Therefore, the SLI setup can only be used in very large and heavy gaming notebooks with powerful cooling systems. Under low load, dynamic clock rates help the GPUs to save energy.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960MNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI
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) MHz128 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 1080 Ti 3584 @ 1481 - 1600 (Boost) MHz352 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) 5120 @ 1556 - 1733 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop) 3840 @ 1506 - 1683 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) 4096 @ 1443 - 1645 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) 2560 @ 1607 - 1733 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) 2560 @ 1566 - 1733 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop) 2432 @ 1607 - 1683 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) 1920 @ 1506 - 1683 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q 2560 @ 1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) 2048 @ 1443 - 1645 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q 2048 @ 1101 - 1215 - 1265 - 1379 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) 1280 @ 1506 - 1708 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) 1280 @ 1404 - 1670 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 1280 @ 1063 - 1265 - 1341 - 1480 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop) 768 @ 1493 - 1620 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) 768 @ 1290 - 1392 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q 768 @ 1151 – 1290 - 1290 – 1417 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) 640 @ 1354 - 1455 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop) 640 @ 1354 - 1493 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q 640 @ 999 - 1189 - 1139 - 1328 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) 384 @ 1228 - 1670 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 6000 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) MHz128 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-GXN17P-G1
ArchitectureMaxwellPascalMaxwell
640 - 768 - 2048 -
Core1096 - 1202 (Boost) MHz1290 - 1392 (Boost) MHz924 - 950 (Boost) MHz
Memory5000 MHz7008 MHz5000 MHz
Bus128 Bit128 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory4096 MB4096 MB2x 4096 MB
nonono
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_0), 5.0DirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1, 5.0
Transistors1870 Million2x 5200 Million
Technology28 nm16 nm28 nm
FeaturesBattery Boost, GameStream, ShadowPlay, GPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, SLI, GeForce Experience, GameWorks, Adaptive VSync, DSR, AnselMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi MonitorBattery Boost, GameStream, ShadowPlay, GPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, SLI, GeForce Experience
Size
Introduced12.03.2015 25.10.2016 05.01.2015
Manufacturerhttp://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook...

3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
min: 1198     avg: 1202     median: 1202 (8%)     max: 1206 Points
min: 2474     avg: 2568     median: 2568 (18%)     max: 2662 Points
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
min: 1138     avg: 1148     median: 1148 (8%)     max: 1158 Points
min: 2277     avg: 2309     median: 2308.5 (16%)     max: 2340 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 191856     avg: 224199     median: 226308 (43%)     max: 251562 Points
352876 Points (66%)
250259 Points (47%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 27912     avg: 90551     median: 106594 (15%)     max: 131124 Points
73221 Points (10%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 4513     avg: 15113     median: 16283 (24%)     max: 19618 Points
24195 Points (36%)
22188 Points (33%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 21403     avg: 29220     median: 30085.5 (16%)     max: 33474 Points
50939 Points (26%)
51182 Points (26%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 2990     avg: 3927     median: 3984 (14%)     max: 4340 Points
min: 6644     avg: 6783     median: 6816 (24%)     max: 6888 Points
7815 Points (28%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 3906     avg: 4294     median: 4318 (11%)     max: 4705 Points
min: 7293     avg: 7491     median: 7485 (18%)     max: 7696 Points
10207 Points (25%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 28134     avg: 100084     median: 112891 (15%)     max: 200269 Points
73450 Points (10%)
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 3527     avg: 5444     median: 5535.5 (16%)     max: 6161 points
min: 9151     avg: 9481     median: 9480.5 (27%)     max: 9810 points
11638 points (33%)
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 4826     avg: 5277     median: 5278 (10%)     max: 5901 points
min: 9212     avg: 9453     median: 9453 (19%)     max: 9694 points
14428 points (28%)
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Extreme HD DirectX 1920x1080
40.7 fps (24%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
min: 56     avg: 56.2     median: 56.2 (21%)     max: 56.3 fps
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
68.7 fps (29%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
min: 667     avg: 836     median: 879 (17%)     max: 991 Samples/s
1175 Samples/s (22%)
1513 Samples/s (29%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
min: 1097     avg: 1311     median: 1254 (12%)     max: 1532 Samples/s
2156 Samples/s (20%)
2699 Samples/s (25%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 3139     avg: 3321     median: 3337 (12%)     max: 3503 Points
5493 Points (20%)
3818 Points (14%)
Power Consumption - FurMark 1.19 GPU Stress Test - Power Consumption (external Monitor) 1280x720 *
164 Watt (37%)
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra 1920x1080 *
155 Watt (33%)
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra - Power Consumption *
99.5 Watt (22%)

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) → 163%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI → 152%

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

Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

2019
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
75  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
34.8  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
22.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
14.3  fps
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
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high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
43.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
33.9  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
24  fps
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
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FIFA 20

FIFA 20

2019
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
141  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
107  fps
4K 3840x2160
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
62  fps
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
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low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
115  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
47.5  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
29.6  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
21.8  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
15  fps
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
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Control

Control

2019
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
94  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
29.9  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
21.3  fps
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
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F1 2019

F1 2019

2019
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
164  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
73  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
52.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
37.4  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
29.3  fps
4K 3840x2160
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
18  fps
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
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low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
153  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
51.4  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
31.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
21.4  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
12.8  fps
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
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Rage 2

Rage 2

2019
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
32.8  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
15.9  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
13.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
13.3  fps
GeForce GTX 960M:
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Anno 1800

Anno 1800

2019
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
55.8  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
25.8  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
15.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
7.8  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
5.6  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
2  fps
GeForce GTX 960M:
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low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
62  fps
252%
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
156 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
28  fps
191%
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
53.6 fps