NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M

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 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 960MNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 900M Series
GeForce GTX 980M SLI 3072 @ 1.04 - 1.13 GHz2x 256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M SLI 2560 @ 0.92 - 1.04 GHz2x 192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M SLI 2048 @ 0.92 - 0.95 GHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980M 1536 @ 1.04 - 1.13 GHz256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M 1280 @ 0.92 - 1.04 GHz192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M 1024 @ 0.92 - 0.95 GHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 960M 640 @ 1.1 - 1.2 GHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 950M 640 @ 0.91 - 1.12 GHz128 Bit @ 1800 - 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 3584 @ 1.48 - 1.6 GHz352 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) 5120 @ 1.56 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop) 3840 @ 1.51 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) 4096 @ 1.44 - 1.65 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) 2560 @ 1.61 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile 2560 @ 1.57 - 1.73 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop) 2432 @ 1.61 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) 1920 @ 1.51 - 1.68 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q 2560 @ 1.1 - 1.28 GHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile 2048 @ 1.44 - 1.65 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q 2048 @ 1.1 - 1.27 GHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) 1280 @ 1.51 - 1.71 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile 1280 @ 1.4 - 1.67 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 1280 @ 1.06 - 1.34 GHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile 768 @ 1.49 - 1.62 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) 768 @ 1.29 - 1.39 GHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q 768 @ 1.15 - 1.29 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) 640 @ 1.35 - 1.46 GHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile 640 @ 1.35 - 1.49 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q 640 @ 1 - 1.14 GHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) 384 @ 1.23 - 1.67 GHz64 Bit @ 6000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980M SLI 3072 @ 1.04 - 1.13 GHz2x 256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M SLI 2560 @ 0.92 - 1.04 GHz2x 192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M SLI 2048 @ 0.92 - 0.95 GHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980M 1536 @ 1.04 - 1.13 GHz256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M 1280 @ 0.92 - 1.04 GHz192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M 1024 @ 0.92 - 0.95 GHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 960M 640 @ 1.1 - 1.2 GHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 950M 640 @ 0.91 - 1.12 GHz128 Bit @ 1800 - 5000 MHz
CodenameN16P-GXN17P-G1
ArchitectureMaxwellPascalMaxwell
Cores640 - unified768 - unified1280 - unified
Core1096 - 1202 (Boost) MHz1290 - 1392 (Boost) MHz924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz
Memory5000 MHz7008 MHz5000 MHz
Bus128 Bit128 Bit192 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory4096 MB4096 MB6144 MB
Shared Memorynonono
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_0), 5.0DirectX 12_1DirectX 12_1, 5.0
Transistors1870 Million5200 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, DSR, Ansel, G-SYNC
Size1/32/3
Introduced12.03.2015 25.10.2016 07.10.2014
Manufacturerhttp://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook...http://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook...

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
14.2 pt (16%)
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Score
min: 1198     avg: 1202     median: 1202 (7%)     max: 1206 Points
min: 2474     avg: 2568     median: 2568 (15%)     max: 2662 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Time Spy Graphics
min: 1138     avg: 1148     median: 1148 (6%)     max: 1158 Points
min: 2277     avg: 2309     median: 2308.5 (12%)     max: 2340 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics
min: 191856     avg: 224199     median: 226308 (36%)     max: 251562 Points
352876 Points (56%)
min: 265020     avg: 277485     median: 274626 (43%)     max: 303296 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
min: 27912     avg: 90551     median: 106594 (15%)     max: 131124 Points
min: 42740     avg: 103456     median: 96678 (13%)     max: 203891 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 4513     avg: 15113     median: 16283 (22%)     max: 19618 Points
24195 Points (32%)
min: 13453     avg: 20337     median: 20720 (27%)     max: 22537 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 21403     avg: 29220     median: 30085.5 (15%)     max: 33474 Points
50939 Points (25%)
min: 24050     avg: 48403     median: 51247 (25%)     max: 55797 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 2990     avg: 3927     median: 3984 (12%)     max: 4340 Points
min: 6644     avg: 6783     median: 6816 (20%)     max: 6888 Points
min: 5982     avg: 6572     median: 6565 (20%)     max: 7124 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 3906     avg: 4294     median: 4318 (10%)     max: 4705 Points
min: 7293     avg: 7491     median: 7485 (17%)     max: 7696 Points
min: 7241     avg: 7482     median: 7463 (17%)     max: 8216 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 28134     avg: 100084     median: 112891 (15%)     max: 200269 Points
min: 48702     avg: 130534     median: 116692 (16%)     max: 340853 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 3527     avg: 5444     median: 5535.5 (14%)     max: 6161 Points
min: 9151     avg: 9481     median: 9480.5 (24%)     max: 9810 Points
min: 8533     avg: 9369     median: 9403 (24%)     max: 10936 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 4826     avg: 5277     median: 5278 (9%)     max: 5901 Points
min: 9212     avg: 9453     median: 9453 (16%)     max: 9694 Points
min: 9439     avg: 9950     median: 9877.5 (17%)     max: 12446 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
3DMark 06 - Standard 1024x768 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Unigine Valley 1.0 DX
40.7 fps (22%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - Unigine Heaven 3.0 DX 11
min: 56     avg: 56.2     median: 56.2 (19%)     max: 56.3 fps
min: 91.6     avg: 92.8     median: 93 (31%)     max: 93.7 fps
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
68.7 fps (13%)
SPECviewperf 11
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp11 snx-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp11 tcvis-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp11 sw-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp11 proe-05 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp11 maya-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp11 lightwave-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp11 ensight-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp11 catia-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp12 sw-03 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp12 snx-02 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp12 showcase-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp12 mediacal-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp12 maya-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp12 energy-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp12 creo-01 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
specvp12 catia-04 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Room GPU
min: 667     avg: 836     median: 879 (9%)     max: 991 Samples/s
1175 Samples/s (12%)
min: 1113     avg: 1234     median: 1222.5 (13%)     max: 1395 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - LuxMark v2.0 Sala GPU
min: 1097     avg: 1311     median: 1254 (9%)     max: 1532 Samples/s
2156 Samples/s (15%)
min: 1920     avg: 2246     median: 2223 (15%)     max: 2545 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - ComputeMark v2.1 Result
min: 3139     avg: 3321     median: 3337 (7%)     max: 3503
5493 (12%)
min: 4975     avg: 5196     median: 5137.5 (11%)     max: 5622
Power Consumption - Furmark Stress Test Power Consumption - external Monitor *
164 Watt (33%)
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption - external Monitor *
155 Watt (31%)
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 Power Consumption *
99.5 Watt (22%)

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M → 100% n=13

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) → 160% n=13

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M → 147% n=13

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

low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
56.1  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
25.6  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
18.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
12.1  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
8.6  fps
F1 2020

F1 2020

2020
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
44.7  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
32.3  fps
4K 3840x2160
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
17.6  fps
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
200  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
71.7  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
44.3   fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
32.6  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
20.6  fps
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
101  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
62.9  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
55.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
52.9  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
39.3  fps
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
109  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
41.6  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
33.5  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
50.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
40.2  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
32.4  fps
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rage 2

Rage 2

2019
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
32.8  fps
205%
GeForce GTX 970M:
67.4  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
15.9  fps
196%
GeForce GTX 970M:
31.2  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
13.8  fps
196%
GeForce GTX 970M:
27.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
13.3  fps
198%
GeForce GTX 970M:
26.4  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 970M:
16.5  fps
Anno 1800

Anno 1800

2019
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
55.8  fps
111%
GeForce GTX 970M:
62  fps
med. 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
25.8  fps
204%
GeForce GTX 970M:
52.7  fps
high 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
15.8  fps
220%
GeForce GTX 970M:
34.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
7.8  fps
200%
GeForce GTX 970M:
15.6  fps
QHD 2560x1440
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
5.6  fps
200%
GeForce GTX 970M:
11.2  fps
4K 3840x2160
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
2  fps
310%
GeForce GTX 970M:
6.2  fps
low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 960M:
62  fps
252%
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop):
156 fps