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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GeForce GTX 870M 6GB
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds 123% 123%
Desperados 3 14% 14%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 127% 127%
FIFA 19 19% 19%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 108% 108%
Assassins Creed: Odyssey 104% 104%
Forza Horizon 4 85% 85%
Battlefield V 115% 115%
Monster Hunter World 107% 107%
Devil May Cry 5 (2019) 38% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the GTX 965M and the GTX 870M are equal.

The GTX 870M has a 17 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 965M. This results in the GTX 870M providing 46.3 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 870M has a 17 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 965M and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 870M providing 0.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 965M was released less than a year after the GTX 870M, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 870M has 4096 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 870M also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 870M has 40 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 965M, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 870M is noticeably better than the GTX 965M.

The GeForce GTX 965M 2GB has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 870M 6GB has 1344. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 965M is 1017 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 870M is 1300. The GTX 870M having 283 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 870M delivers a significantly 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 870M 6GB requires 100 Watts. The GTX 870M requires 30 Watts more than the GTX 965M to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 870M to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 965M.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed924 MHzvs941 MHz
Boost Clock993 MHzvs967 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-N16EKepler GK104
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support - vs Good
Release Date07 Jan 2015vs12 Mar 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1250 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth80GB/secvs120GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs1344
Actual Shader Performance49%vs63%
Texture Mapping Units64vs112
Texture Rate59.1 GTexel/svs105.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs30.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power70 Wattsvs100 Watts
Recommended PSU--

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4710MQ 4-Core 2.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4800MQ 4-Core 2.7GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

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 870M 6GB is variant of the high-end mobile graphics card - GeForce GTX 870M 3GB.
In this edition, the frame buffer was doubled to 6GB which will not boost its performance and can be addressed as a gimmick - marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.
Thus, its performance is exactly like the 3GB variant.
GeForce GTX 870M 6GB will only be seen on large notebooks and it needs to be paired with 8GB of RAM and a Strong Quad Core. The card is suited for 1080p and even the most demanding games should run fluently at high settings.
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 i7-3920XM 4-Core 2.9GHz
Intel Core i7-5700EQ 4-Core 2.6GHz
Intel Core i7-4800MQ 4-Core 2.7GHz
Intel Core i7-4860HQ 4-Core 2.4GHz
Intel Core i7-4950HQ 4-Core 2.4GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesN/AN/A
GPU Variants--