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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950M 2GB GeForce GTX 480M
Hitman 3 297% 600%
Cyberpunk 2077 205% 438%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 179% 392%
Resident Evil 8 205% 438%
FIFA 21 54% 171%
Grand Theft Auto VI 330% 657%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 170% 376%
Genshin Impact 205% 438%
Far Cry 6 342% 679%
The Medium 281% 571%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 2GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M.

The GTX 950M has a 489 MHz higher core clock speed but 4 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 480M. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 950M manages to provide 17.9 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 950M has a 489 MHz higher core clock speed but 16 fewer Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 480M. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 950M manages to provide 1 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 over three years more recently than the GeForce GTX 480M, 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 GeForce GTX 480M when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB and the GeForce GTX 480M 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 3.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 480M, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 950M is marginally better than the GeForce GTX 480M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB has 640 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 480M has 352. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 950M is 858 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 480M is 299. The GTX 950M having 559 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 950M delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GeForce GTX 480M.

The GTX 950M transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GeForce GTX 480M. This means that the GTX 950M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GeForce GTX 480M.

The GeForce GTX 950M 2GB requires 50 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 480M requires 100 Watts. The GeForce GTX 480M requires 50 Watts more than the GTX 950M to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 480M may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 950M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed914 MHzvs425 MHz
Boost Clock993 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM107-N16P-GTFermi GF100-N11E-GTX-A3
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date12 Mar 2015vs25 May 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
9.9
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7.4
1600x900
7.8
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5.8
1920x1080
6
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4.5
2560x1440
4.3
green tick vs
3
3840x2160
2.6
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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs600 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs76.8GB/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 Units640vs352
Actual Shader Performance41%vs14%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units40vs44
Texture Rate36.6 GTexel/svs18.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs32
Pixel Rate14.6 GPixel/svs13.6 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 Wattsvs100 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 i7-840QM 4-Core 1.86GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1600x900

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.
Overview
GeForce GTX 480M is a High-End Mobile Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Fermi Architecture.

Architecture
The Fermi Architecture was first manufactured with a 40nm technology and uses a technique known as Hot Clocking: The Shaders are clocked twice as fast as the Central Unit. While this leads to a reasonable performance boost, it causes enormous amounts of energy dissipation, leading, ultimately, to a significantly higher operating temperature.
Fermi is also the first GPU architecture with fully cached memory access which increases memory performance.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Fermi GF100-N11E-GTX-A3 which has 11 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 352 Shader Processing Units, 44 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is clocked at 425MHz.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 600MHz.

Features
DirectX 11.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, Optimus, 3D Vision Surround, PhysX, Realtime Raytracing and other technologies

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 100W, it is only suited for very large laptops.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks put its performance identical to a desktop GeForce GTS 450.

System Suggestions
We recommend a fast processor (Intel Core i7 Mobile) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 480M.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
N/A
N/A
GPU Variants
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