NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 876
  • Max video memory 4096 MB
  • Memory type DDR3, GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 2000 - 5000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2014
Performance 9.77
Graphics card Technical data and tests
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M
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Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 850M sales 12 March 2014. This is Maxwell architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 4 GB of DDR3, GDDR5 memory clocked at 2 GHz are supplied, and together with 128 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 32.03 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Power consumption is at 45 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

9.77%

percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 850M's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating394
Value for money4.26
ArchitectureMaxwell
GPU code nameN15P-GT
Market segmentLaptop
Release date12 March 2014 (7 years ago)
Price now$163 of 11999 (Tesla V100 FHHL)
Value for money

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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 850M's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 850M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores640of 14080 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Core clock speed876 MHzof 2233 (Playstation 5 GPU)
Number of transistors1,870 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 5 (Apple M1 GPU)
Thermal design power (TDP)45 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate36.08of 779.2 (Radeon RX 6900 XTX)
Floating-point performance1,155 gflopsof 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 850M's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizemedium sized
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
SLI options+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 850M: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeDDR3, GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount4 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width128 Bitof 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed2000 - 5000 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth32.03 GB/sof 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 850M. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.

Display ConnectorsNo outputs

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 850M. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

Optimus+
Ansel+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 850M, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (11_0)
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.6
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.1.126
CUDA+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 850M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 850M 9.77
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Solidworks
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 sw-03
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 snx-02
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 showcase-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Medical
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 medical-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Maya
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 maya-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Energy
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 energy-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Creo
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 creo-01
  • SPECviewperf 12 - specvp12 catia-04
  • SPECviewperf 12 - Catia
  • Passmark
  • Octane Render OctaneBench

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

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Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

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3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

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3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

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This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

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This part of SPECviewperf 12 workstation benchmark uses Autodesk Maya 13 engine to render a superhero energy plant static scene consisting of more than 700 thousand polygons, in six different modes.

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This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

GTX 850M 2595

This is a special benchmark measuring graphics card performance in OctaneRender, which is a realistic GPU rendering engine by OTOY Inc., available either as a standalone program, or as a plugin for 3DS Max, Cinema 4D and many other apps. It renders four different static scenes, then compares render times with a reference GPU which is currently GeForce GTX 980. This benchmark has nothing to do with gaming and is aimed at professional 3D graphics artists.

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Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 850M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 153 Mh/s  
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 1.8 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 850M is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

900p84
1080p32
4K10

1920x1080
High Preset

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 21

1920x1080
Ultra Preset

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 11

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 850M performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 850M from AMD is Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 3 positions in our rating.

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User rating

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