NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M SLI: specs and benchmarks

Price now 489$
Games supported 80%
  • Interface
  • Core clock speed 1029
  • Max video memory 2x 4096 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 5000
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2014
Performance 18.26
Graphics card Technical data and tests


NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 860M SLI sales 12 March 2014. This is Maxwell architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2x 4 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5 GHz are supplied.

Power consumption is at 120 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at


percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 860M SLI's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating241
Value for money (0-100)1.45
Market segmentLaptop
Release date12 March 2014 (7 years ago)
Price now$489 of 12215 (Quadro GV100)
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 860M SLI'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 860M SLI's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores1280of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed1029 MHzof 2233 (Playstation 5 GPU)
Number of transistors2x 1870 Millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 5 (Apple M1 GPU)
Thermal design power (TDP)120 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 860M SLI'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 sizelarge
SLI options+


Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 860M SLI: 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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2x 4 GBof 80 (A100 SXM4 80 GB)
Memory bus width2x 128 Bitof 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed5000 MHzof 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Shared memory-


Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 860M SLI. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.


API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 860M SLI, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 860M SLI. 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 860M SLI 18.26
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0

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.

GTX 860M SLI 41434
GTX 860M SLI 4717

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.

GTX 860M SLI 5941

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.

GTX 860M SLI 9840

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.

GTX 860M SLI 27223

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.

GTX 860M SLI 83

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 860M SLI 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:

This video card matches 94% minimum and 80% recommended requirements of all games known to us.


Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 860M SLI performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 860M SLI from AMD is Radeon HD 6990M Crossfire, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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