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GeForce 940M vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce 940M features core clock speeds of 1072 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM. It features 384 SPUs along with 24 Texture Address Units and 8 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 960, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1127 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this specific card. It features 1024 SPUs along with 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

The GeForce GTX 960 should theoretically perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce 940M overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 will be a lot (approximately 180%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce 940M. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960 is the winner, by a large margin. (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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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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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