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GeForce GTX 960M vs GeForce GTX 965M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 960M comes with a GPU clock speed of 1096 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 640 Stream Processors, 40 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 965M, which comes with a clock frequency of 944 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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 965M 5650 points
GeForce GTX 960M 4350 points
Difference: 1300 (30%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 965M 60 Watts
GeForce GTX 960M 65 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (8%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same memory bandwidth, so in theory they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 965M is much (more or less 38%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 960M. (explain)

GeForce GTX 965M 60416 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16576 (38%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 965M is superior to the GeForce GTX 960M, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 965M 30208 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12672 (72%)

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 GTX 960M GeForce GTX 965M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 12 2015 January 5 2015
Code Name GM107 GM204
Memory 2048 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1096 MHz 944 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 65 watts 60 watts
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 43840 Mtexels/sec 60416 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 17536 Mpixels/sec 30208 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 640 1024
Texture Mapping Units 40 64
Render Output Units 16 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 960M

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GeForce GTX 965M

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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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