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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 950M v2 4GB GeForce GTX 480M SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 359% 287%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 359% 287%
eFootball PES 2020 128% 92%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 372% 297%
Grand Theft Auto VI 411% 330%
Borderlands 3 253% 197%
Red Dead Redemption 2 359% 287%
F1 2019 281% 221%
Control 486% 393%
Doom Eternal 188% 142%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M SLI are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950M v2 4GB.

The GTX 950M has a 568 MHz higher core clock speed but 48 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 480M. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 950M manages to provide 2.3 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 950M has a 568 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 480M, but the GTX 480M has 48 more Render Output Units than the GTX 950M. As a result, the GTX 480M exhibits a 11.3 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 950M. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 950M was released over three years more recently than the GTX 480M, and so the GTX 950M is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 480M when running the latest games.

The GeForce GTX 950M v2 4GB and the GeForce GTX 480M SLI have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 480M has 124.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 950M, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 480M is massively better than the GTX 950M.

The GeForce GTX 950M v2 4GB has 640 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 480M SLI has 704. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 950M is 971 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 480M is 598. The GTX 950M having 373 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 480M performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GTX 950M transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 480M. This means that the GTX 950M is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 480M.

The GeForce GTX 950M v2 4GB requires 50 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 480M SLI requires 200 Watts. The GTX 480M requires 150 Watts more than the GTX 950M to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 480M may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 950M.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed993 MHzvs425 MHz
Boost Clock1124 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM107-N16P-GTFermi GF100-N11E-GTX-A3 (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs None
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date12 Mar 2015vs01 May 2010
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed900 MHzvs600 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth28.8GB/secvs153.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units640vs704
Actual Shader Performance47%vs29%
Texture Mapping Units40vs88
Texture Rate39.7 GTexel/svs37.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs64
Pixel Rate15.9 GPixel/svs27.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs200 Watts
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GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4340M 2.9GHzvsIntel Core i7-740QM 4-Core 1.73GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs6 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 950M v2 4GB is a Performance Mobile Graphics Card based on the first variant of the Maxwell architecture.

The first variant of the Maxwell Architecture succeeds the Kepler Architecture. Despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, it has an extremely large L2 Cache which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.

It equips a GPU codenamed GM107-N16P-GT which has 5 SM activated and thus offers 640 Shader Processing Units, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs. The central unit runs at 993MHz and goes up to 1124MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of DDR3, through a 128-bit memory interface. The memory clock operates at 900MHz. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way benefits the GPU.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 50W, it may be equipped in average sized notebooks.

Because GeForce GTX 950M 2GB is just a higher clocked GeForce GTX 850M 2GB, its performance is only about 5% faster than its predecessors and so GeForce GTX 860M 2GB is still faster.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 950M v2 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We recommend a Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
GeForce GTX 480M SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 480M put together using NVIDIA'S SLI technology.
Check the page of GeForce GTX 480M to know more about its chip.
As usual, SLI relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, up to X% better than a single GeForce GTX 480M performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports SLI or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single GeForce GTX 480M.
Most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i7-620LM 2-Core 2.0GHz
Intel Core i7-620LE 2-Core 2.0GHz
AMD APU A10-5757M Quad-Core
AMD APU A10-5750M Quad-Core
Intel Core i5-430M 2.26GHz
Intel 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
Possible GPU UpgradesN/AN/A
GPU Variants--



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