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GeForce 940M vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce 940M comes with a clock speed of 1072 MHz and a DDR3 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also features a 64-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 384 SPUs, 24 TAUs, and 8 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 960, which features GPU core speed of 1127 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 960 7627 points
GeForce 940M 1740 points
Difference: 5887 (338%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 960 will be 600% quicker than the GeForce 940M in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
GeForce 940M 16000 MB/sec
Difference: 96000 (600%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 is much (approximately 180%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce 940M. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce 940M 25728 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 46400 (180%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce 940M 8576 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 27488 (321%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce 940M

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Specifications

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Model GeForce 940M GeForce GTX 960
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 12 2015 January 2015
Code Name GM108 GM206
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1072 MHz 1127 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) (Unknown) watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 16000 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 25728 Mtexels/sec 72128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 8576 Mpixels/sec 36064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 384 1024
Texture Mapping Units 24 64
Render Output Units 8 32
Bus Type DDR3 GDDR5
Bus Width 64-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 2940 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce 940M

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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