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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 965M 4GB GeForce GTX 950M 2GB
Hitman 3 206% 297%
Cyberpunk 2077 135% 205%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 115% 179%
Resident Evil 8 135% 205%
FIFA 21 19% 54%
Grand Theft Auto VI 231% 330%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 108% 170%
Genshin Impact 135% 205%
Far Cry 6 241% 342%
The Medium 194% 281%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M 4GB are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M 2GB.

The GTX 965M has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 950M. This results in the GTX 965M providing 22.5 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 965M has a 10 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 950M. This results in the GTX 965M providing 15 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 965M, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 965M 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 965M also has superior memory performance overall.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 965M 4GB and the GeForce GTX 950M 2GB are the same, which means the GTX 965M and the GTX 950M have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The GeForce GTX 965M 4GB has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 950M 2GB has 640. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 965M is 1313 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 950M is 858. The GTX 965M having 455 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 965M delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 950M.

The GeForce GTX 965M 4GB requires 50 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 950M 2GB 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 Speed924 MHzvs914 MHz
Boost Clock950 MHzvs993 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-N16E-GSMaxwell GM107-N16P-GT
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date07 Jan 2015vs12 Mar 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs
9.9
1600x900
9
green tick vs
7.8
1920x1080
6.9
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6
2560x1440
5.1
green tick vs
4.3
3840x2160
3.5
green tick vs
2.6

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 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 yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs640
Actual Shader Performance63%vs41%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs40
Texture Rate59.1 GTexel/svs36.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs16
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs14.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs50 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4710MQ 4-Core 2.5GHzvsIntel 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 965M 4GB is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
GeForce GTX 965M 4GB Equips the GPU Codenamed GM204-N16E-GS which is a Second Gen Maxwell GPU and has 8 SM activated. It offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 924MHz and goes up to 950MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 128-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1253MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 4GB. This would prove useful in a few circumstances because some modern 3D Games require 4GB of Memory for Textures.
However, because the GPU itself is too weak to work under other circumstances in which 4GB of Memory are needed - such as 2560x1600 Gaming, a Larger Frame Buffer is mostly a Gimmick.

Power Consumption
GeForce GTX 965M 4GB has a Rated Board TDP of 50W.

Performance
Because GeForce GTX 965M 4GB is best suited for 1080p Gaming, it is overall as fast as GeForce GTX 965M 2GB.
All modern games should run comfortably at 1080p. It can be said its performance lies somewhere between a desktop GeForce GTX 660 and a Radeon R9 270 which are both powerful Graphics Cards.

System Suggestions
We Recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
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.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
N/A
N/A
GPU Variants
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