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GeForce GTX 860M vs GeForce GTX 960M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 860M comes with core clock speeds of 797 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1152 SPUs along with 96 TAUs and 16 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 960M, which has GPU core speed of 1096 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 640 Stream Processors, 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 exactly the same bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 860M will be quite a bit (approximately 75%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 960M. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960M is a better choice, by a large margin. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If 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, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 860M

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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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