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GeForce GTX 860M vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 860M comes with a clock frequency of 797 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1152 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 960M, which comes with a core clock speed of 1096 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 640 SPUs, 40 Texture Address Units, and 16 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 960M 4350 points
GeForce GTX 860M 4340 points
Difference: 10 (0%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 860M 45 Watts
GeForce GTX 960M 65 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (44%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M is a lot (approximately 75%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 960M. (explain)

GeForce GTX 860M 76512 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 960M 43840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32672 (75%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960M is much (about 38%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 860M, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960M 17536 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 860M 12752 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 4784 (38%)

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 860M GeForce GTX 960M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 12 2014 March 12 2015
Code Name GM107 GM107
Memory 4096 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 797 MHz 1096 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 45 watts 65 watts
Bandwidth 64000 MB/sec 64000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 76512 Mtexels/sec 43840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 12752 Mpixels/sec 17536 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 640
Texture Mapping Units 96 40
Render Output Units 16 16
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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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