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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950M 2GB GeForce GTX 850M 2GB
Hitman 3 297% 374%
Cyberpunk 2077 205% 265%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 179% 233%
Resident Evil 8 205% 265%
FIFA 21 54% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 330% 413%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 170% 223%
Genshin Impact 205% 265%
Far Cry 6 342% 427%
The Medium 281% 355%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 2GB are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 850M 2GB.

The GTX 850M has a 22 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 950M. This results in the GTX 850M providing 0.8 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 850M has a 22 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 950M and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 850M providing 0.4 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 850M, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB and the GeForce GTX 850M 2GB have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 950M has 48 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 850M, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 950M is noticeably better than the GTX 850M.

Both the GeForce GTX 950M 2GB and the GeForce GTX 850M 2GB have 640 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GTX 850M is 937 and by the GTX 950M is 937. Knowing that the shader performance of the GTX 850M 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 850M 2GB requires 45 Watts. The GTX 950M requires 5 Watts more than the GTX 850M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 950M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 850M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed914 MHzvs936 MHz
Boost Clock993 MHzvs1084 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
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.9
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9.7
1600x900
7.8
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7.4
1920x1080
6
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5.5
2560x1440
4.3
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3.4
3840x2160
2.6
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2.3

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs32GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs640
Actual Shader Performance41%vs45%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs40
Texture Rate36.6 GTexel/svs37.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs16
Pixel Rate14.6 GPixel/svs15 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 Wattsvs45 Watts
Recommended PSU--

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 i7-4600M 2-Core 2.9GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Grand Theft Auto Vvs
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.
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GRAPHICS CARD HAS 2 VARIANTS: DDR3 AND GDDR5. THIS IS THE DDR3 VARIANT.

GeForce GTX 850M 2GB is a fast-middle-class mobile graphics card. It is based on 28nm GM107 Core of the Maxwell architecture.

The Maxwell architecture features many improvements and amongst them is the 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.
GeForce GTX 850M 2GB DDR3 comes with a full variant of the GM107 Core and thus offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs, on a 128-bit of standard DDR3. While the central unit runs at 936MHz and goes up to 1084MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1000MHz. It has a rated TDP board of around 45W.
The DDR3 variant is better suited for 720p but it comes higher clocked. Thus it proves to be way faster than GeForce GTX 750M and surpasses slightly the higher positioned GeForce GTX 760M. In fact, it should be pretty close to the desktop GeForce GTX 750.
This card should be paired with a Very Strong Dual Core Processor or a Decent Quad Core and at least 8GB of RAM.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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N/A
GPU Variants
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