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GeForce GTX 870M vs GeForce GTX 960

Intro

The GeForce GTX 870M uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 941 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1000 MHz on this specific card. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 24 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 960, which features clock speeds of 1127 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator 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 960 7627 points
GeForce GTX 870M 4770 points
Difference: 2857 (60%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 870M 110 Watts
GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (9%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 960 will be 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 870M overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 870M 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 16000 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 870M will be a lot (about 46%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 960. (explain)

GeForce GTX 870M 105392 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 33264 (46%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 870M 22584 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13480 (60%)

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 870M GeForce GTX 960
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 12 2014 January 2015
Code Name GK104 GM206
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 941 MHz 1127 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 110 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 96000 MB/sec 112000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 105392 Mtexels/sec 72128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 22584 Mpixels/sec 36064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1344 1024
Texture Mapping Units 112 64
Render Output Units 24 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics 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 the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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