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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GeForce GTX 780M SLI
Monster Hunter World 107% 6%
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds 108% 6%
FIFA 19 54% 21%
Assassins Creed: Odyssey 25% 36%
Battlefield V 115% 10%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 206% 56%
Grand Theft Auto VI 241% 74%
Pro Evolution Soccer 2019 19% 39%
Forza Horizon 4 157% 31%
Doom Eternal 92% 2%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M SLI are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M 2GB.

The GTX 965M has a 153 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 780M, but the GTX 780M has 192 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 965M. As a result, the GTX 780M exhibits a 138.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 965M. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 965M has a 153 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 780M, but the GTX 780M has 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 965M. As a result, the GTX 780M exhibits a 19.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 965M. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 965M was released over a year more recently than the GTX 780M, and so the GTX 965M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 780M.

The GTX 780M has 6144 MB more video memory than the GTX 965M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 780M also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 780M has 240 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 965M, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 780M is massively better than the GTX 965M.

The GeForce GTX 965M 2GB has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 780M SLI has 3072. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 965M is 1017 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 780M is 2448. The GTX 780M having 1431 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 780M delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 965M.

The GeForce GTX 965M 2GB requires 70 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 780M SLI requires 200 Watts. The GTX 780M requires 130 Watts more than the GTX 965M to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 780M may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 965M.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed924 MHzvs771 MHz
Boost Clock993 MHzvs797 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-N16EKepler GK104 (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support - vs -
Release Date07 Jan 2015vs30 May 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs320GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 0 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 28% vs green tick 100%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs3072
Actual Shader Performance49%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units64vs256
Texture Rate59.1 GTexel/svs197.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs49.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power70 Wattsvs200 Watts
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GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4710MQ 4-Core 2.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4930MX 4-Core 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 965M 2GB is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture.

GeForce GTX 965M 2GB Equips the GPU Codenamed GM204-N16E-GS which is a Second Gen Maxwell GPU and has 8 SM activated. It offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

The central unit runs at 924MHz and goes up to 950MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 128-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1253MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 2GB. This is adequate for 1080p Gaming in most Games.

Power Consumption
GeForce GTX 965M 2GB has a Rated Board TDP of 50W.

GeForce GTX 965M 2GB proves to be incredible fast at resolutions up to 1920x1080. In fact, even at 1920x1080 it matches the older GeForce GTX 870M.
Above 1920x1080, GeForce GTX 965M 2GB's performance decreases significantly and becomes further distant from the higher positioned GeForce GTX 970M.
Nevertheless, all modern games should run comfortably at 1080p. It can be said its performance lies somewhere between a desktop GeForce GTX 660 and a Radeon R9 270 which are both powerful Graphics Cards.

System Suggestions
We Recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
GeForce GTX 780M SLI is a combination of 2 GeForce GTX 780M put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.
Together, this combination offers 3072 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs. This, on a 256-bit memory interface, per card, of fast GDDR5. While the central unit runs at 771MHz and goes up to 797MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1250MHz.
Best case scenario, this combination is expected to offer similar perform to a single desktop GeForce GTX Titan but ultimately, its performance depends on the driver support and on the 3D application.
Therefore, and paired with a powerful processor, all demanding games should be playable at the highest settings. Still, this combination might surpass the 220W barrier of TDP and so only a few laptops will offer it.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i5-6200U 2.3GHz
Intel Core i7-820QM 4-Core 1.73GHz
Intel Core i3-6167U 2.7GHz
Intel Core i3-6100H 2.7GHz
Intel Core i5-5350U 1.8GHz
Intel Core i7-4930MX 4-Core 3.0GHz
Intel Core i7-5950HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz
Intel Core i7-4980HQ 4-Core 2.8GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesN/AN/A
GPU Variants--