NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x8
  • Core clock speed 914 + Boost
  • Max video memory 4 GB
  • Memory type DDR3 or GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 1000 or 2500 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2015
Performance 8.73

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 950M sales 12 March 2015. This is Maxwell architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 4 GB of DDR3 or GDDR5 memory clocked at 2.5 GHz are supplied, and together with 128 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 32 or 80 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via PCIe 3.0 x8 interface. Power consumption is at 75 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at

8.73%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 950M's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating435
Value for money1.04
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)
GPU code nameN16P-GT
Market segmentLaptop
Release date12 March 2015 (7 years ago)
Price now$797 of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 950M'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 950M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores640of 18432 (AD102)
CUDA cores640
Core clock speed914 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1124 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors1,870 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (H100 PCIe)
Thermal design power (TDP)75 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate44.96of 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance1,439 gflopsof 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 950M'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
Bus supportPCI Express 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x8
SLI options+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on 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 typeDDR3 or GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount4 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width128 Bitof 19000 (GeForce RTX 3080 12 GB)
Memory clock speed1000 or 2500 MHzof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth32 or 80 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
Shared memory-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 950M. 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
VGA аnalog display support+
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support+
HDMI+

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 950M. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

GameStream+
GeForce ShadowPlay+
GPU Boost2.0
GameWorks+
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder+
Optimus+
BatteryBoost+
Ansel+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 950M, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX12 (11_0)
Shader Model5.1
OpenGL4.5of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.1.126
CUDA+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 950M. 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 950M 8.73
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • GeekBench 5 Vulkan
  • GeekBench 5 CUDA
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0
  • Octane Render OctaneBench

Passmark

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.

Benchmark coverage: 25%

GTX 950M 2595

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 950M 15710

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: 16%

GTX 950M 4367

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: 13%

GTX 950M 21356

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 950M 2838

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

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 950M 3200

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

GTX 950M 9985

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

GTX 950M 198867

GeekBench 5 Vulkan

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses Vulkan API by AMD & Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 950M 8779

GeekBench 5 CUDA

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses CUDA API by NVIDIA.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 950M 9777

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: 5%

GTX 950M 42

Octane Render OctaneBench

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.

Benchmark coverage: 4%

GTX 950M 25

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 950M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 140 Mh/s  
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 2.5 Mh/s  

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 950M 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 modern games across different resolutions:

Full HD30
1440p21
4K16

Full HD
Low Preset

Cyberpunk 2077 9−10

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 23
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 9−10
Battlefield 5 31
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9−10
Cyberpunk 2077 9−10
Far Cry 5 23
Far Cry New Dawn 22
Forza Horizon 4 9−10
Hitman 3 9−10
Horizon Zero Dawn 9−10
Red Dead Redemption 2 9−10
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 19
Watch Dogs: Legion 9−10

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 19
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 9−10
Battlefield 5 26
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9−10
Cyberpunk 2077 9−10
Far Cry 5 21
Far Cry New Dawn 20
Forza Horizon 4 9−10
Hitman 3 9−10
Horizon Zero Dawn 9−10
Metro Exodus 5
Red Dead Redemption 2 9−10
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 15
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 19
Watch Dogs: Legion 9−10

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 11
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 9−10
Battlefield 5 20
Cyberpunk 2077 9−10
Far Cry 5 19
Far Cry New Dawn 19
Forza Horizon 4 9−10
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 11
Watch Dogs: Legion 9−10

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9−10
Hitman 3 9−10
Horizon Zero Dawn 9−10
Metro Exodus 9−10
Red Dead Redemption 2 9−10
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 9−10
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 9−10

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 9−10
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 9−10
Battlefield 5 9−10
Cyberpunk 2077 9−10
Far Cry 5 12
Far Cry New Dawn 9−10
Forza Horizon 4 9−10
Watch Dogs: Legion 9−10

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 9−10
Hitman 3 9−10
Horizon Zero Dawn 9−10
Metro Exodus 9−10
Red Dead Redemption 2 9−10
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 9−10
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 9−10

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 9−10
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 9−10
Battlefield 5 9−10
Cyberpunk 2077 9−10
Far Cry 5 6
Far Cry New Dawn 9−10
Forza Horizon 4 9−10
Watch Dogs: Legion 9−10

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 950M performance compared to nearest competitors among notebook video cards.


AMD equivalent

The nearest GeForce GTX 950M's AMD equivalent is Radeon RX Vega 8 (Ryzen 2000/3000), which is faster by 2% and higher by 5 positions in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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