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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950M 2GB GeForce GTX 860M 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 205% 183%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 179% 158%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 170% 150%
FIFA 21 54% 43%
Grand Theft Auto VI 330% 298%
Far Cry 6 342% 309%
Genshin Impact 205% 183%
Hitman 3 297% 268%
eFootball PES 2021 54% 43%
Watch Dogs Legion 195% 173%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M 4GB are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 2GB.

The GTX 860M has a 115 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 950M. This results in the GTX 860M providing 4.6 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 860M has a 115 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 950M and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 860M providing 1.9 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 950M was released less than a year after the GTX 860M, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 860M has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 950M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 860M also has superior memory performance overall.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 950M 2GB and the GeForce GTX 860M 4GB are the same, which means the GTX 950M and the GTX 860M have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

Both the GeForce GTX 950M 2GB and the GeForce GTX 860M 4GB have 640 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GTX 860M is 948 and by the GTX 950M is 948. Knowing that the shader performance of the GTX 860M is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB requires 50 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 860M 4GB requires 50 Watts. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed914 MHzvs1029 MHz
Boost Clock993 MHzvs1097 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM107-N16P-GTMaxwell GM107
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date12 Mar 2015vs12 Mar 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs80GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs640
Actual Shader Performance41%vs46%
Texture Mapping Units40vs40
Texture Rate36.6 GTexel/svs41.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate14.6 GPixel/svs16.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs50 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4340M 2.9GHzvsIntel Core i7-4700MQ 4-Core 2.4GHz
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 860M 4GB is a high-end mobile graphics card, based on the 28nm Maxwell GM107 Core.
This variant comes with the extremely energy efficient GM107 Core first seen on GeForce GTX 750/GeForce GTX 750 Ti.
The Full GM107 offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 128-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. Furthermore, the frame buffer was doubled to 4GB though this will not boost its performance and can be addressed as a gimmick - marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product. .
In terms of performance, the card proves to be faster than the higher positioned GeForce GTX 770M, while it consumes 25% less energy. Therefore, most of today's games can be played at the highest settings and only a few not with 1080p.
This Graphics Card needs to be paired with a decent Quad Core Processor and at least 8GB of RAM.
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