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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950M 2GB GeForce GTX 280M SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 205% 512%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 179% 460%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 170% 442%
FIFA 21 54% 209%
Grand Theft Auto VI 330% 762%
Far Cry 6 342% 786%
Genshin Impact 205% 512%
Hitman 3 297% 697%
Watch Dogs Legion 195% 491%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 338% 778%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 2GB are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M SLI.

The GTX 950M has a 329 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 280M, but the GTX 280M has 88 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 950M. As a result, the GTX 280M exhibits a 38.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 950M. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 950M has a 329 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 280M, but the GTX 280M has 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 950M. As a result, the GTX 280M exhibits a 4.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 950M. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 950M was released over three years more recently than the GTX 280M, and so the GTX 950M is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 280M when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB and the GeForce GTX 280M SLI have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 280M has 41.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 950M, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 280M is noticeably better than the GTX 950M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB has 640 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 280M SLI has 256. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 950M is 858 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 280M is 150. The GTX 950M having 708 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 280M performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GTX 950M transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 280M. This means that the GTX 950M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 280M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB requires 50 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 280M SLI requires 150 Watts. The GTX 280M requires 100 Watts more than the GTX 950M to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 280M may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 950M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed914 MHzvs585 MHz
Boost Clock993 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM107-N16P-GTTesla G92b (x2)
OC Potential Good vs None
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date12 Mar 2015vs01 Mar 2009
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.9
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1600x900
7.8
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1920x1080
6
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2560x1440
4.3
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3840x2160
2.6
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs950 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR3
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs121.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs256
Actual Shader Performance41%vs7%
Technology28nmvs55nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs128
Texture Rate36.6 GTexel/svs74.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate14.6 GPixel/svs18.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs10
Shader Model5.0vs4.0
Open GL4.5vs2.1
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4340M 2.9GHz-
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 950M 2GB is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the first variant of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
The first variant of the Maxwell Architecture succeeds the Kepler Architecture. Despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, it has an extremely large L2 Cache which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM107-N16P-GT which has 5 SM activated and thus offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The central unit runs at 914MHz and goes up to 993MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The memory clock operates at 1253MHz. The size of the frame buffer is adequate.

Features
DirectX 12 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 50W, it may be equipped in average sized notebooks.

Performance
Because GeForce GTX 950M 2GB is just a higher clocked GeForce GTX 850M v2 2GB, its performance is only about 5% faster than its predecessors and so GeForce GTX 860M 2GB is still faster.
Still, it still offers decent gaming at 1920x1080 and most modern games should run fluently at high settings.

System Suggestions
We recommend a strong processor (Intel Core i5 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a notebook with GeForce GTX 950M 2GB.
GeForce GTX 280M SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 280M put together using NVIDIA'S SLI technology.
Check the page of GeForce GTX 280M to know more about its chip.
As usual, SLI relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, up to X% better than a single GeForce GTX 280M performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports SLI or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single GeForce GTX 280M.
Most demanding games will run at the highest settings with fluent frame rates (30+).
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
N/A
N/A
GPU Variants
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