NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M vs GeForce GTX 950M – benchmarks and real gaming performance comparison

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M and GeForce GTX 950M are two of the most popular graphic cards on the market right now. Their TDP allows them to be integrated in lightweight notebooks, and their performance is high enough to give you smooth gameplay in most of the latest games. Both GPUs feature Battery Boost for longer playtime without your charger, ShadowPlay for recording your pleasant gaming moments, and Optimus for maximum battery life optimization and energy saving when you don’t use demanding applications.

A lot of manufacturers are choosing GTX 960M and GTX 950M for their lines – Acer, ASUS, Alienware, MSI, Lenovo and HP, among others. But when price is one of the most important factors, which GPU should we invest our money in? What is the difference between them in terms of real world usage? We’re going to put 960M and 950M against some heavy games and share FPS results at minimum, medium and maximum graphics settings.

Of course, we’ll check the performance with synthetic benchmarks as well, using 3DMark and Unigine Heaven.

Check out our Laptop Graphics Ranking, where you can find more information about the two graphic solutions on their dedicated pages:
http://laptopmedia.com/top-laptop-graphics-ranking/

Check out all available GeForce GTX 960M laptops and their prices here: http://amzn.to/2jOWv0p
Check out all available GeForce GTX 950M laptops and their prices here: http://amzn.to/2jxVuXh

Synthetic benchmarks

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)

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Gaming tests

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Tomb Raider (1080p, Low) Tomb Raider (1080p, Medium) Tomb Raider (1080p, Max)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 154 fps (+40%) 68 fps (+70%) 31 fps (+35%)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 110 fps 40 fps 23 fps

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F1 2014 (1080p, Low) F1 2014 (1080p, Medium) F1 2014 (1080p, Max)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 119 fps (+29%) 107 fps (+26%) 89 fps (+33%)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 92 fps 85 fps 67 fps

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Thief (1080p, Low) Thief (1080p, Medium) Thief (1080p, Max)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M 49 fps (+9%) 41 fps (+21%) 28 fps (+40%)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M 45 fps 34 fps 20 fps

As you can see, there’s a big performance difference between 960M and 950M, so if you’re looking for a gaming laptop and you have a limited budget, GTX 960M is definitely a good choice.

Check out all available GeForce GTX 960M laptops and their prices here: http://amzn.to/2jOWv0p
Check out all available GeForce GTX 950M laptops and their prices here: http://amzn.to/2jxVuXh

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Tapp
7 years ago

U compared apples and oranges. Ddr3 and Ddr5

Rossen Pandev
7 years ago
Reply to  Tapp

It’s intended for users to see what’s the difference between the GPUs and decide whether or not is worth paying for a more powerful notebook. Is the performance/cost ratio is good for their budget?

AusWolf
AusWolf
7 years ago
Reply to  Rossen Pandev

The price difference of laptops with these GPUs is like 700 and 1000 € (in Hungary). You get 25-30% more performance for 40-45% more money. I’m really wondering if it’s worth it.

OkToi
OkToi
7 years ago
Reply to  AusWolf

It allows the computer non-sciencist to make their choices 😉

Juan
Juan
6 years ago
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Yiannis
Yiannis
6 years ago

Well I am not a huge huge fan of gaming but I have a gaming rig spec at home .. I got a laptop for its looks , build quality , bang for the buck deal and for demanding apps and blogs I run and some gaming . That was the Asus n752vx intel 6600hq gtx950m 4gb ddr3 , full hd ips 17.3 screen , ssd 128 gb and hdd 1tb , thunderbolt 2 , 16 go ddr4 ram .. I believe for that money and my needs I couldn’t find anything better on that price range 🙂 I could… Read more »