NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M vs 470M SLI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M SLI

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 950M and GeForce GTX 470M SLI architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Fermi
Code name
GM107
 
N11E-GT
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
13 March 2015
 
1 November 2010

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 950M and GeForce GTX 470M SLI'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 950M and GeForce GTX 470M SLI's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
640
 
576
CUDA cores
640
 
n/d
Core clock speed
914 MHz
 
535 MHz
Boost Clock
1124 MHz
 
n/d
Transistor count
1,870 million
 
n/d
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
40 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
75 Watt
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
44.96 GTexel / s
 
n/d
Floating-point performance
1,439 gflops
 
n/d

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 950M and GeForce GTX 470M SLI 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
 
large
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
n/d
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x8
 
n/d

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 950M and GeForce GTX 470M 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 type
DDR3 or GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
n/d
Memory bus width
128 Bit
 
192 Bit
Memory clock speed
1000 or 2500 MHz
 
1250 MHz
Memory bandwidth
32 or 80 GB / s
 
n/d
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 950M and GeForce GTX 470M SLI.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
n/d
VGA аnalog display support
+
 
n/d
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
+
 
n/d
HDMI
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 950M and GeForce GTX 470M SLI. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GameStream
+
 
-
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
n/d
GameWorks
+
 
-
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
-
Optimus
+
 
-
BatteryBoost
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
n/d
GeForce Experience
+
 
n/d
Adaptive VSync
+
 
n/d
Ansel
+
 
n/d
DSR
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 950M and GeForce GTX 470M SLI, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12.0 (11_0)
 
11
OpenGL
4.5
 
n/d

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 950M and GeForce GTX 470M SLI. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 950M 9.82
GTX 470M SLI 11.81 +20.3%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 950M 4367 +7.3%
GTX 470M SLI 4070

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 950M 15710
GTX 470M SLI 16802 +7%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 950M and GeForce GTX 470M SLI. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
140 Mh/s
 
n/d
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
2.5 Mh/s
 
n/d

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 950M and GeForce GTX 470M SLI are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M

Much newer (13 March 2015 vs 1 November 2010)
More pipelines (640 vs 576)
Finer manufacturing process technology (28 vs 40 nm)
Battery Boost (saves energy while gaming by lowering FPS to a still acceptable level. Can make a laptop working on battery twice as long, depending on the particular game)
GameStream (streams data between the PC and NVIDIA SHIELD device attached to a TV. Basically allows using the PC as a gaming console)
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
GameWorks
Adaptive VSync
DSR
Ansel
HDMI
GeForce ShadowPlay
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
BatteryBoost

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M SLI

20.3% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (192 vs 128 bit)

So, GTX 950M or 470M SLI?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 470M SLI.
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