GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 960M vs 850M among Laptop GPUs over 35W TDP

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

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

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

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

6.7

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M  based on its gaming, benchmarks and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 960M

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M

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Better 3DMark 11 graphics score 23,777.5 vs 16,135 More than 45% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,097 MHz vs 902 MHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 5,012 MHz vs 2,002 MHz More than 2.5x higher effective memory clock speed
Better PassMark score 2,043 vs 1,499 More than 35% better PassMark score
Much higher diablo III framerate 121.3 fps vs 61 fps Around 2x higher diablo III framerate
Much better manhattan score 3,713.7 vs 1,764.49 More than 2x better manhattan score
Higher memory bandwidth 80.2 GB/s vs 32 GB/s More than 2.5x higher memory bandwidth
Better 3DMark06 score 5,277 vs 4,385.5 More than 20% better 3DMark06 score
Higher turbo clock speed 1,176 MHz vs 936 MHz More than 25% higher turbo clock speed
Much higher crysis 3 framerate 20.75 fps vs 14 fps Around 50% higher crysis 3 framerate
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 45.3 fps vs 28.4 fps Around 60% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Higher memory clock speed 1,253 MHz vs 1,001 MHz More than 25% higher memory clock speed
Higher metro: last light framerate 31.05 vs 21.85 More than 40% higher metro: last light framerate
Slightly better bitcoin mining score 174.57 mHash/s vs 150.96 mHash/s More than 15% better bitcoin mining score
Better PassMark direct compute score 1,479 vs 1,215 More than 20% better PassMark direct compute score
Front view of GeForce GTX 850M

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M

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Lower TDP 45W vs 75W 40% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 960M vs 850M

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960M
174.57 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 850M
150.96 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960M
54.29 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 850M
37.72 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 4

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