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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950M 2GB GeForce GTX 880M 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 205% 98%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 179% 81%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 170% 75%
FIFA 21 54% 0%
Grand Theft Auto VI 330% 179%
Far Cry 6 342% 187%
Genshin Impact 205% 98%
Hitman 3 297% 158%
eFootball PES 2021 54% 0%
Watch Dogs Legion 195% 91%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 880M 4GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 2GB.

The GTX 880M has a 40 MHz higher core clock speed and 88 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 950M. This results in the GTX 880M providing 85.5 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 880M has a 40 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 950M. This results in the GTX 880M providing 15.9 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 880M, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 880M 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 880M also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 880M has 80 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 950M, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 880M is much better than the GTX 950M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB has 640 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 880M 4GB has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 950M is 858 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 880M is 1525. The GTX 880M having 667 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 880M delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 950M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB requires 50 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 880M 4GB requires 122 Watts. The GTX 880M requires 72 Watts more than the GTX 950M to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 880M 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 MHzvs954 MHz
Boost Clock993 MHzvs993 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM107-N16P-GTKepler GK104
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date12 Mar 2015vs12 Mar 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.9
vs green tick
10
1600x900
7.8
vs green tick
9.6
1920x1080
6
vs green tick
7.6
2560x1440
4.3
vs green tick
5.5
3840x2160
2.6
vs green tick
3.8

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs1536
Actual Shader Performance41%vs73%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs128
Texture Rate36.6 GTexel/svs122.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate14.6 GPixel/svs30.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs122 Watts
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GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4340M 2.9GHzvsIntel Core i7-4900MQ 4-Core 2.8GHz
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 880M 4GB is a high-end mobile graphics card and the fastest as of Spring 2014.
It is based on a full variant of the GK104 Core of the 28nm Kepler architecture and thus offers 1536 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. While the central unit runs at 954MHz and goes up to 993MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1250MHz. The rated TDP is clearly above 100W and 122W, on average.
It is thus just a faster clocked GeForce GTX 780M. Theoretically, its performance might be up to 15% better than its predecessors, but since its memory bandwidth remains the same, expect at most a 10% performance boost, depending on the 3D Game.
Therefore, GeForce GTX 880M will only be seen on very large note books and it needs to be paired with at least 8GB of RAM and a Strong Quad Core. The card is suited for 1080p and even the most demanding games should run fluently at high settings.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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