GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 960M vs 950M 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

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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 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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Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 5,012 MHz vs 1,800 MHz More than 2.8x higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 1,097 MHz vs 993 MHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 80.2 GB/s vs 28.8 GB/s More than 2.8x higher memory bandwidth
Slightly better PassMark score 2,043 vs 1,807 Around 15% better PassMark score
Better 3DMark06 score 5,277 vs 4,444 Around 20% better 3DMark06 score
Much higher crysis 3 framerate 20.75 fps vs 12.7 fps Around 65% higher crysis 3 framerate
Significantly better T-Rex score 3,353.98 vs 3,349.09 Almost the same
Significantly higher diablo III framerate 121.3 fps vs 102.9 fps Around 20% higher diablo III framerate
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,253 MHz vs 900 MHz Around 40% higher memory clock speed
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 45.3 fps vs 29.6 fps Around 55% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Higher metro: last light framerate 31.05 vs 22.4 Around 40% higher metro: last light framerate
Better bitcoin mining score 174.57 mHash/s vs 139.85 mHash/s Around 25% better bitcoin mining score
Front view of GeForce GTX 950M

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More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 960M vs 950M

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960M
174.57 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 950M
139.85 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960M
54.29 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 950M
41.96 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 960M
795.24 frames/s
GeForce GTX 950M
373.64 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

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notebookcheck is your friend:
Which one is better than for gaming? 960? I need a laptop with a graphics card with perfomance at least equal to PC card NVIDIA GeForce GT 640. Could anyone help/advise? Which one mobile card has +-equal perfomance?
My ASUS ROG G750 was, but that is a different beast all together.
You shouldn´t change graphics in a notebook. A notebook is not build modulary, so you cannot just change the graphics card like in a desktop pc.
so I just bought a laptop recently <Lenovo ideapad 700> and its running the 950m I was wondering if the notepad was compatible with either te 970m or 960m ive been searching for answers for the past few hours with no luck I cant even find dimensions on either any help?
The 797mhz 860M was the Kepler version and anyone who had the MXM version of an 860M when it was released has a Kepler version. It has 1152 cores and runs hot as hell, not to mention loses to a card with half the shaders. It was a testament to the abilities of what Maxwell was/is capable of. This website is kinda gimmicky. I try to use it at times and all the benchmarks are stupid synthetic runs that show X card being faster than Y card and it's as if the owners are trying to make themselves feel better for owning a card that they made a mistake on purchasing or something. The site is a joke. :/
It's the memory bandwidth that widens the gap so much. Synthetic benches don't test the card for super high memory consumption tests or running heavy memory loads. 2GB GDDR5 will always beat out 4GB GDDR3 at the same bus width. As a 960M owner, I am thankful to have a 4GB framebuffer too. Good stuffs.
Brother, NO ONE on the planet has the 2 gb 860m... you see how the 960m scores a full point above the 860m, when they have the same clock speed, same ram, same .... everything? It's because this site, REFUSES to update the 860m to 1.1 ghz/4gb. It has it as 797 MHz/2gb, which is an outdated version that literally NO ONE has. This site could be the best thing ever, but the "admins," must be doing cocaine. They don't update anything. (notice, as of this date, a gtx 970 vs gtx 1070 comparison isn't up yet, and the card has been out 2 months+) they are lazy.
why do they continue to treat the 960m and 860m, like they are different in ANY significant regard? 6.5 for 860m, 7.5 for 960? They have that stupid 2 gb, 797 MHz 860m in their database that NO ONE has. The 960m should be like 8.2, to the 860m's 8.0, because it does have just a FEW minor significant perks over the 860m. It beats the HELL out of the 2 gb 797 MHz version of the 860m that NO ONE HAS, but no one cares....
960M is a 4GB not a 2GB...unless theres both versions out. GJ keeping it up to date Admins
There's a ddr5 version of this GTX 950M, better compare 960 ddr5 with 950 ddr5
If a game is well optimized or poorly optimized it still is interesting that the gpu's would perform so differently since it is the same game they are testing them on.
Optimization m8.
Interesting, in benchmarks they are close, in gaming the difference is significant.
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