Last week we showed you a detailed performance comparison between the cheapest gaming GPU from NVIDIA – GeForce GTX 950M and perhaps the most worthy (but still more expensive by far) – GeForce GTX 960M. But what’s the difference between the entry-level GTX (950M) and the most powerful non-GTX (940M) GPU in terms of graphics performance? What are you getting if you save some of your budget and go with a mainstream card instead of a gaming one, and would you be able to play the latest games at least at low graphics settings?
We’re going to check that today using an ASUS N751JX (950M, DDR3) and Acer Aspire V15 (940M, DDR3). Both GPUs are part of the Maxwell family and feature NVIDIA Optimus and NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0. However, GTX 950M has 640 shader units (384 for 940M), a 128-bit memory bus (64-bit for 940M) and higher power consumption – about 50 watts (~30W for 940M).
Don’t forget to check out our Laptop Graphics Ranking table which features our own database with results of the GPUs we have tested so far:
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 940M||102 fps||34 fps||18 fps|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M||190 fps (+86%)||69 fps (+103%)||27 fps (+50%)|
|F1 2014 (1080p, Low)||F1 2014 (1080p, Medium)||F1 2014 (1080p, Max)|
|NVIDIA GeForce 940M||52 fps||38 fps||37 fps|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M||114 fps (+119%)||97 fps (+155%)||92 fps (+149%)|
|Thief (1080p, Low)||Thief (1080p, Medium)||Thief (1080p, Max)|
|NVIDIA GeForce 940M||35 fps||25 fps||15 fps|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M||52 fps (+49%)||48 fps (+92%)||31 fps (+107%)|
As you can see, you won’t get an awesome gaming experience with GeForce 940M, but you’re still going to play games like Tomb Raider at Medium settings or even F1 2014 at high settings. Going to GTX 950M gives you up to 155% performance boost, so if you’re going to mostly play games on your next computer, you should try getting a GTX-equipped laptop. If you’re looking for a machine for everyday use (and gaming is not that important for you), NVIDIA GeForce 940M will do just fine.