As far as I know, many people put off the time to buy a laptop in order to wait for the release of the GeForce GTX 960M, but to our disappointment, the 960M is essentially the same product as the 860M Maxwell (GTX 860M also have a Kepler version), which improves little in performance, only about 6% – about 8% or so, so it is recommended that you should not be misled by the new "9" thing when you buy a laptop, next we will introduce these two graphics cards in detail.
|GTX 960M||GTX 860M Maxwell|
|Core clock base||1093 Mhz||1029 MHz|
|Core clock Turbo||1202 MHz||1097 MHz|
|Memory clock||2500 MHz||2500 MHz|
|Maximum VRAM||2GB||2GB / 4GB|
By the comparison of the specifications, we can learn that the GTX960m is essentially the same product as the GTX860 Maxwell, which has the same Shaders, Memory interface and Maximum Bandwidth except a certain improvement in frequency, because it is similar to the GTX860 Maxwell in specification, it results in very little improvement in its performance, according to the test of 3DMark 11 (P mode), the GTX 960M scored only 5300 points in graphics, while the GTX 860M scored 4800 points or so, so it has only improved by about 10.4%, but we all know that the GTX 860M has improved by about 40% in comparison with the previous generation the GTX 760M.
The 2GB Video memory is obviously inadequate for playing some demanding games like Shadow of Mordor, Assassin’s Creed Unity or Watch Dogs, at the same price, I’d recommend choosing the gtx 860M with 4 GB video ram, the games show much better performance in 4GB vram, if you want to play Wolfenstein: The New Order in highest settings, you can only select a 4GB vram to meet its minimum requirements.
|Thief (Setting: Ultra)||24.9 fps||28 fps|
|Battlefield 4 (Setting: Ultra)||33 fps||28.9 fps|
|Dota 2 (Setting: Ultra)||83.1 fps||83.1 fps|
|Metro: Last Light (Setting: Ultra)||31.9 fps||28.6 fps|
|BioShock Infinite(Setting: Ultra)||46.8 fps||42.7 fps|
|Hitman: Absolution (Setting: Ultra)||26.4 fps||24 fps|
Next I’ll recommend several laptops equipped with the GTX 960M or 860M, I suggest if the GTX 860M can meet your needs, you do not have to pursue the latest gtx 960M, and you can focus on other components, such as the SSD, the memory or better screen.
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