GeForce GTX 860M SLI: specs and benchmarks

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Aggregate performance score

GeForce GTX 860M SLI provides acceptable gaming and benchmark performance at 12.45% of a leader's which is GeForce RTX 4090.

Summary

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

Power consumption is at 120 Watt.

Primary details

Some basic facts about GeForce GTX 860M SLI: architecture, market segment, release date etc.

Place in performance ranking370
Place by popularitynot in top-100
Cost-effectiveness evaluation5.04
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)
Market segmentLaptop
Release date12 March 2014 (10 years ago)

Cost-effectiveness evaluation

Performance to price ratio. The higher, the better.

Detailed specifications

GeForce GTX 860M SLI's specs 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 20480 (Data Center GPU Max NEXT)
Core clock speed1029 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Number of transistors2x 1870 Millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Power consumption (TDP)120 Wattof 2400 (Data Center GPU Max Subsystem)

Form factor & compatibility

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+

VRAM capacity and type

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 860M SLI: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM instead.

Memory typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount2x 4 GBof 192 (Radeon Instinct MI300X)
Memory bus width2x 128 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed5000 MHzof 23000 (GeForce RTX 4080 SUPER)
Shared memory-

Supported technologies

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.

Optimus+

API compatibility

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

DirectX12 (FL 11_0)
CUDA+

Benchmark performance

Synthetic benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 860M SLI. The combined score is measured on a 0-100 point scale.


Combined synthetic benchmark score

This is our combined benchmark performance score. 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 12.45

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 860M SLI 9840

3DMark Vantage Performance

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 860M SLI 27223

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

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 made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 860M SLI 5941

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

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.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 860M SLI 41434

Unigine Heaven 3.0

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.

Benchmark coverage: 4%

GTX 860M SLI 83

Gaming performance

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.

Average FPS across all PC games

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

Full HD46

FPS performance in popular games

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 18−20

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 20−22
Battlefield 5 40−45
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 18−20
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 60−65
Hitman 3 24−27
Horizon Zero Dawn 50−55
Metro Exodus 40−45
Red Dead Redemption 2 35−40
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 35−40
Watch Dogs: Legion 40−45

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 20−22
Battlefield 5 40−45
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 18−20
Far Cry 5 27−30
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 60−65
Hitman 3 24−27
Horizon Zero Dawn 50−55
Metro Exodus 40−45
Red Dead Redemption 2 35−40
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 35−40
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 24−27
Watch Dogs: Legion 40−45

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 24−27
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 20−22
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 24−27
Cyberpunk 2077 18−20
Far Cry 5 27−30
Forza Horizon 4 60−65
Horizon Zero Dawn 50−55
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 35−40
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 24−27
Watch Dogs: Legion 40−45

Full HD
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 35−40

1440p
High Preset

Battlefield 5 24−27
Far Cry New Dawn 21−24

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 12−14
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 9−10
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 14−16
Cyberpunk 2077 6−7
Far Cry 5 20−22
Forza Horizon 4 24−27
Hitman 3 14−16
Horizon Zero Dawn 24−27
Metro Exodus 20−22
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 20−22
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 12−14
Watch Dogs: Legion 7−8

1440p
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 20−22

4K
High Preset

Battlefield 5 12−14
Far Cry New Dawn 9−10
Hitman 3 8−9
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 7−8
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 10−12

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 7−8
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 6−7
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 6−7
Cyberpunk 2077 2−3
Far Cry 5 7−8
Forza Horizon 4 16−18
Horizon Zero Dawn 10−12
Metro Exodus 10−12
Watch Dogs: Legion 5−6

4K
Epic Preset

Red Dead Redemption 2 10−12

Closest competitors

GeForce GTX 860M SLI's performance relative to its closest rivals among notebook graphics cards.


AMD equivalent

According to our data, the closest AMD alternative to GeForce GTX 860M SLI is Radeon R9 M395, which is faster by 3% and higher by 5 positions in our ranking.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 860M SLI:

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Similar GPUs

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Recommended processors

These processors are most commonly used with GeForce GTX 860M SLI according to our statistics.

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