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

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 960MNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 1000 Series
GeForce GTX 980M SLI (compare) 3072 @ 1038 - 1127 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M SLI (compare) 2560 @ 924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz2x 192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M SLI (compare) 2048 @ 924 - 950 (Boost) MHz2x 128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980M (compare) 1536 @ 1038 - 1127 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M (compare) 1280 @ 924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M (compare) 1024 @ 924 / 935 - 950 / 1151 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 960M 640 @ 1096 - 1202 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 950M (compare) 640 @ 914 - 993 - 1124 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 1800 - 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (compare) 3584 @ 1481 - 1600 (Boost) MHz352 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) (compare) 5120 @ 1556 - 1733 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop) (compare) 3840 @ 1506 - 1683 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) (compare) 4096 @ 1443 - 1645 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) (compare) 2560 @ 1607 - 1733 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) (compare) 2560 @ 1566 - 1733 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop) (compare) 2432 @ 1607 - 1683 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) (compare) 1920 @ 1506 - 1683 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (compare) 2560 @ 1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) (compare) 2048 @ 1443 - 1645 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q (compare) 2048 @ 1101 - 1215 - 1265 - 1379 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) (compare) 1280 @ 1506 - 1708 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) (compare) 1280 @ 1404 - 1670 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q (compare) 1280 @ 1063 - 1265 - 1341 - 1480 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop) (compare) 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 (compare) 768 @ 1151 – 1290 - 1290 – 1417 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) (compare) 640 @ 1354 - 1455 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop) (compare) 640 @ 1354 - 1493 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q (compare) 640 @ 999 - 1189 - 1139 - 1328 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) (compare) 384 @ 1228 - 1670 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 6000 MHz
CodenameN16P-GXN17P-G1
ArchitectureMaxwellPascal
640 - 768 -
Core1096 - 1202 (Boost) MHz1290 - 1392 (Boost) MHz
Memory5000 MHz7008 MHz
Bus128 Bit128 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory4096 MB4096 MB
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DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_0), 5.0DirectX 12_1
Transistors1870 Million
Technology28 nm16 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 Monitor
Size
Introduced12.03.2015 25.10.2016
Manufacturerhttp://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook...

3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
min: 1198     avg: 1202     median: 1202 (9%)     max: 1206 Points
min: 2474     avg: 2568     median: 2568 (19%)     max: 2662 Points
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
min: 1138     avg: 1148     median: 1148 (8%)     max: 1158 Points
min: 2277     avg: 2308.5     median: 2308 (16%)     max: 2340 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 191856     avg: 224199     median: 226307 (43%)     max: 251562 Points
352876 Points (66%)
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 27912     avg: 90551.1     median: 106594 (15%)     max: 131124 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 4513     avg: 15112.8     median: 16283 (26%)     max: 19618 Points
24195 Points (39%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 21403     avg: 29219.9     median: 30085 (16%)     max: 33474 Points
50939 Points (28%)
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 2990     avg: 3926.8     median: 3984 (15%)     max: 4340 Points
min: 6644     avg: 6782.7     median: 6816 (25%)     max: 6888 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 3906     avg: 4294.4     median: 4318 (11%)     max: 4705 Points
min: 7293     avg: 7491.3     median: 7485 (18%)     max: 7696 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 28134     avg: 100084     median: 112891 (15%)     max: 200269 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 3527     avg: 5444.3     median: 5535 (16%)     max: 6161 points
min: 9151     avg: 9480.5     median: 9480 (27%)     max: 9810 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 4826     avg: 5276.6     median: 5278 (10%)     max: 5901 points
min: 9212     avg: 9453     median: 9453 (19%)     max: 9694 points
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 (25%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
56.2 fps (21%)
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
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
min: 667     avg: 835.6     median: 879 (17%)     max: 991 Samples/s
1175 Samples/s (22%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
min: 1097     avg: 1310.8     median: 1254 (12%)     max: 1532 Samples/s
2156 Samples/s (20%)
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 3139     avg: 3320.9     median: 3337 (12%)     max: 3503 Points
5493 Points (20%)
Power Consumption - FurMark 1.19 GPU Stress Test - Power Consumption (external Monitor) 1280x720 *
164 Watt (39%)
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra 1920x1080 *
155 Watt (35%)
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%

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

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