NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M vs 950M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 860M and GeForce GTX 950M architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
no data
 
4.31
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Maxwell
Code name
N15P-GX
 
N16P-GT
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
12 March 2014
 
12 March 2015
Price now
no data
 
$567

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 860M and GeForce GTX 950M's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 860M and GeForce GTX 950M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
640
 
640
CUDA cores
1152 or 640
 
640
Core clock speed
797 MHz
 
914 MHz
Boost Clock
no data
 
1124 MHz
Transistor count
3,540 million
 
1,870 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
75 Watt
 
75 Watt
Texture fill rate
87.84 GTexel / s
 
44.96 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
1,389 gflops
 
1,439 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 860M and GeForce GTX 950M 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 size
medium sized
 
medium sized
Bus support
PCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0
 
PCI Express 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x8
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
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Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 860M and GeForce GTX 950M: 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 type
GDDR5
 
DDR3 or GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
4 GB
Standard memory configuration
GDDR5
 
no data
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
no data
 
1000 or 2500 MHz
Memory bandwidth
80.0 GB / s
 
32 or 80 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 860M and GeForce GTX 950M.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs
eDP 1.2 signal support
Up to 3840x2160
 
no data
LVDS signal support
Up to 1920x1200
 
no data
VGA аnalog display support
Up to 2048x1536
 
+
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
Up to 3840x2160
 
+
HDMI
+
 
+
HDCP content protection
+
 
-
7.1 channel HD audio on HDMI
+
 
-
TrueHD and DTS-HD audio bitstreaming
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 860M and GeForce GTX 950M. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Blu-Ray
+
 
-
GameStream
-
 
+
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
+
GPU Boost
+
 
+
GameWorks
-
 
+
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
+
Optimus
+
 
+
BatteryBoost
+
 
+
CUDA
+
 
+
SLI
+
 
+
GeForce Experience
+
 
+
FXAA
+
 
no data
TXAA
+
 
no data
Direct Compute
+
 
no data
Adaptive VSync
+
 
+
Ansel
+
 
+
DSR
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 860M and GeForce GTX 950M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
 
DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.5
OpenCL
1.1
 
no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 860M and GeForce GTX 950M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 860M 13.86 +52.5%
GTX 950M 9.09

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 860M 215144 +8.2%
GTX 950M 198867

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 860M 27961 +30.9%
GTX 950M 21356

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 860M 3661 +29%
GTX 950M 2838

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 860M 3904 +22%
GTX 950M 3200

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 860M 4902 +12.3%
GTX 950M 4367

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 860M 19216 +22.3%
GTX 950M 15710

Unigine Heaven 3.0

GTX 860M 50 +19%
GTX 950M 42

Passmark

GTX 860M 3466 +29.9%
GTX 950M 2668

Octane Render OctaneBench

GTX 860M 30 +20%
GTX 950M 25

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 +0%
 
4541 +0%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 +0%
 
4541 +0%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 860M and GeForce GTX 950M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
163 Mh/s +16.4%
 
140 Mh/s −16.4%
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
no data
 
2.5 Mh/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 860M and GeForce GTX 950M are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M

52.5% faster (about 1.5 times) in synthetic tests
Higher memory bandwidth (80 vs 32 GB/s)
NVIDIA BatteryBoost
FXAA
TXAA
Direct Compute
Blu-Ray 3D
NVIDIA SLI-Ready
HDCPContentProtection
71ChannelHDAudioOnHDMI
TrueHDAndDTSHDAudioBitstreaming

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M

Much newer (12 March 2015 vs 12 March 2014)
GameWorks
DSR
NVIDIAGameStreamReady

So, GTX 860M or 950M?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 860M and GeForce GTX 950M, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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