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:
Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
|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|
|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|
|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.