GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 950M vs 860M among Laptop GPUs over 35W TDP


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


T-Rex, Manhattan, Sky Diver Factor and Fire Strike Factor


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more


Overall Score

Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M  based on its gaming, benchmarks and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 950M

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M

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More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Front view of GeForce GTX 860M

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Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 5,012 MHz vs 1,800 MHz More than 2.8x higher effective memory clock speed
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 18,276.5 vs 14,227 Around 30% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher memory bandwidth 80.2 GB/s vs 28.8 GB/s More than 2.8x higher memory bandwidth
Significantly higher crysis 3 framerate 18.75 fps vs 12.7 fps Around 50% higher crysis 3 framerate
Higher memory clock speed 1,253 MHz vs 900 MHz Around 40% higher memory clock speed
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 41.57 fps vs 29.6 fps More than 40% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Better T-Rex score 3.42 frames/s vs 2.54 frames/s More than 35% better T-Rex score

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 950M vs 860M

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GeForce GTX 950M
139.03 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 860M
162.83 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 950M
41.85 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 860M
45.9 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 950M
372.77 frames/s
GeForce GTX 860M
210.59 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

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I disagree. Look at the "differences" section. Just the diff in mem clock speed/bandwidth are huge. Almost triple the mem bandwidth. Which leads to much better scores in real-word games (ie the fps measurements in Bioshock and Crysis). I didn't even know people gamed on battery. That kills performance. It's still on the same 28nm Maxwell architecture and power consumption is about 50 watts v 60 watts for the 860/960 since those are more powerful. And either way a gaming laptop is drilling through it's battery life. That's a known trade-off. The 960 is a slightly overclocked version of the 860 and both are noticeably more powerful than 850/950. The GDDR5 version of 950m does come much closer in performance. You can expect performance gains of between 10 and 25%, depending on the settings when you play games, but the 960/860 wld still be better for more serious gaming ambitions.
You won't feel the difference. It's like a long few FPS drop. Not too bad, just 3 or 2 fps drop from it. You shall also consider the low power consumption in the 950m. It will give you bigger battery life, and that is worth a TON.
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I heard that 950M has a GDDR5 version.
It seems less good.
Will the 950m perform much worse than the 860m?
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