NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile

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 Mobile

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The Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti is a mainstream GPU based on the Pascal architecture and was announced in January 2017. Contrary to the faster models, the GTX 1050 uses the GP107 chip, which is manufactured in a 14 nm process at Samsung.

The notebook version differs a bit in terms of clocks, but is equipped with 768 shader units, just like the desktop model. It is shipped with up to 4 GB GDDR5-VRAM attached via 128-bit interface and a 7 Gbps memory data rate (112 GB/s).

Features

The GP107 chip is manufactured in a 14 nm FinFET process at Samsung and offers a number of new features, including support for DisplayPort 1.4 (ready), HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP) as well as improved H.265 video de- and encoding (PlayReady 3.0). A full list of improvements and the new Pascal desktop GPUs is available in our dedicated Pascal architecture article.

Performance

The performance of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti can vary quite a lot depending on the cooling performance of the laptop. It can be just as fast as the desktop model under ideal conditions. The GeForce GTX 965M and the regular GTX 1050 are beaten by around 30%, so the GTX 1050 Ti is comparable to a GTX 970M in general. It is therefore an upper mainstream GPU. Games from 2016 can be played in high settings an the Full HD resolution.

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 1050 Ti is roughly on par with the old GTX 965M, which would mean around 70 Watts and (probably due to better selection and optimized parts) therefore slightly lower compared to the desktop counterpart. This means the graphics card will usually be used for powerful multimedia notebooks and entry-level gaming systems with at least 15.4 inches.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960MNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 1000 Series
GeForce GTX 980M SLI compare 3072 @ 1038 - 1127 MHz2x 256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M SLI compare 2560 @ 924 - 1038 MHz2x 192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M SLI compare 2048 @ 924 - 950 MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980M compare 1536 @ 1038 - 1127 MHz256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M compare 1280 @ 924 - 1038 MHz192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M compare 1024 @ 924 / 935 - 950 / 1151 MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 960M 640 @ 1096 - 1202 MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 950M compare 640 @ 914 - 993 - 1124 MHz128 Bit @ 1800 - 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti compare 3584 @ 1481 - 1600 MHz352 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) compare 5120 @ 1556 - 1733 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop) compare 3840 @ 1506 - 1683 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) compare 4096 @ 1443 - 1645 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) compare 2560 @ 1607 - 1733 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile compare 2560 @ 1566 - 1733 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop) compare 2432 @ 1607 - 1683 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) compare 1920 @ 1506 - 1683 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q compare 2560 @ 1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Mobile compare 2048 @ 1443 - 1645 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q compare 2048 @ 1101 - 1215 - 1265 - 1379 MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) compare 1280 @ 1506 - 1708 MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile compare 1280 @ 1404 - 1670 MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q compare 1280 @ 1063 - 1265 - 1341 - 1480 MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile 768 @ 1493 - 1620 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) compare 768 @ 1290 - 1392 MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q compare 768 @ 1151 – 1290 - 1290 – 1417 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) compare 640 @ 1354 - 1455 MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile compare 640 @ 1354 - 1493 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q compare 640 @ 999 - 1189 - 1139 - 1328 MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) compare 384 @ 1228 - 1670 MHz64 Bit @ 6000 MHz
CodenameN16P-GXN17P-G1
ArchitectureMaxwellPascal
Pipelines640 - unified768 - unified
Core Speed1096 - 1202 (Boost) MHz1493 - 1620 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed5000 MHz7000 MHz
Memory Bus Width128 Bit128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB4096 MB
Shared Memorynono
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0DirectX 12_1
Transistors1870 Million
technology28 nm14 nm
FeaturesBattery Boost, GameStream, ShadowPlay, GPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, SLI, GeForce Experience, GameWorks, Adaptive VSync, DSR, AnselMulti-Projection, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi Monitor
Notebook Sizemedium sizedlarge
Date of Announcement12.03.2015 03.01.2017
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook...

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
14.8 pt (17%)
3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
min: 1198     avg: 1202     median: 1202 (7%)     max: 1206 Points
min: 2196     avg: 2451     median: 2450.5 (14%)     max: 2659 Points
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
min: 1138     avg: 1148     median: 1148 (6%)     max: 1158 Points
min: 1990     avg: 2309     median: 2326 (12%)     max: 2536 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 191856     avg: 224199     median: 226308 (42%)     max: 251562 Points
min: 263754     avg: 302047     median: 299188 (55%)     max: 361459 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 27912     avg: 90551     median: 106594 (15%)     max: 131124 Points
min: 71804     avg: 128005     median: 123176 (17%)     max: 221173 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 4513     avg: 15113     median: 16283 (24%)     max: 19618 Points
min: 15924     avg: 22208     median: 22393 (33%)     max: 27750 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 21403     avg: 29220     median: 30085.5 (15%)     max: 33474 Points
min: 43721     avg: 50013     median: 50514 (26%)     max: 53978 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 2990     avg: 3927     median: 3984 (13%)     max: 4340 Points
min: 6286     avg: 6745     median: 6703.5 (22%)     max: 7194 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 3906     avg: 4294     median: 4318 (10%)     max: 4705 Points
min: 6792     avg: 7743     median: 7740.5 (18%)     max: 8376 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 28134     avg: 100084     median: 112891 (15%)     max: 200269 Points
min: 71954     avg: 137009     median: 123774 (16%)     max: 245011 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 3527     avg: 5444     median: 5535.5 (14%)     max: 6161 points
min: 8426     avg: 9136     median: 9117 (24%)     max: 9921 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 4826     avg: 5277     median: 5278 (9%)     max: 5901 points
min: 8304     avg: 9591     median: 9615.5 (16%)     max: 10402 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
min: 56     avg: 56.2     median: 56.2 (19%)     max: 56.3 fps
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
68.7 fps (13%)
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Ref. Match 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen OGL off screen
322 fps (51%)
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen OGL on screen
120 fps (33%)
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Room GPUs-only
min: 667     avg: 836     median: 879 (9%)     max: 991 Samples/s
min: 1292     avg: 1395     median: 1425 (15%)     max: 1497 Samples/s
LuxMark v2.0 64Bit - Sala GPUs-only
min: 1097     avg: 1311     median: 1254 (9%)     max: 1532 Samples/s
min: 2529     avg: 2689     median: 2646 (18%)     max: 2891 Samples/s
ComputeMark v2.1 - Normal, Score 1024x600
min: 3139     avg: 3321     median: 3337 (7%)     max: 3503 Points
min: 589     avg: 4397     median: 5380 (12%)     max: 5520 Points
Power Consumption - FurMark 1.19 GPU Stress Test - Power Consumption (external Monitor) 1280x720 *
min: 100     avg: 101     median: 101 (23%)     max: 102 Watt
Power Consumption - The Witcher 3 Power Consumption (external Monitor) ultra 1920x1080 *
min: 70.1     avg: 86.6     median: 86.6 (19%)     max: 103 Watt
Power Consumption - Witcher 3 ultra - Power Consumption *
min: 75.3     avg: 99.5     median: 98 (22%)     max: 124.4 Watt
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Witcher 3 ultra
min: 1414     avg: 1667     median: 1696 (88%)     max: 1721 MHz
Clock Speed - GPU Clock Speed Furmark 1.19 GPU Stress Test 1280x720
min: 1444     avg: 1545     median: 1544.5 (89%)     max: 1645 MHz

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M → 100% n=35

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile → 187% n=35

- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance
1 This benchmark is not used for the average calculation

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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Mafia Definitive Edition

Mafia Definitive Edition

2020
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile:
80.4 fps  fps
med. 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile:
36.2 fps  fps
high 1920x1080
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile:
33.2 fps  fps
QHD 2560x1440
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile:
21.5 fps  fps
4K 3840x2160
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile:
fps  fps
Serious Sam 4

Serious Sam 4

2020
low 1280x720
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Mobile:
123 fps