GeForce GTX 950M and 960M bring Maxwell to the mobile mid-range

It seems like one can't swing a bag of dead SSDs these days without hitting a graphics card based on Nvidia's Maxwell GPU, and starting today, we'll see even more of Maxwell. Nvidia has released two new mobile parts, the GeForce GTX 950M and 960M, that will round out its lineup of 9-series mobile GPUs. Here are the details:

  GeForce GTX 960M GeForce GTX 950M
Process 28 nanometer 28 nanometer
Architecture Maxwell Maxwell
Shader processors 640 640
Core clock 1096MHz + Boost Up to 914MHz
+ Boost  
Memory clock 2500 MHz 1000 MHz or 2500 MHz
Memory interface GDDR5 DDR3 or GDDR5
Memory interface width 128-bit 128-bit
DirectX version 12 12

Based on these specifications, the 950M and 960M appear to be derivatives of the GM107, as found in the GeForce GTX 750 Ti. That card is one of our value favorites for 1080p gaming on the desktop, so these parts should provide performance in a similar ballpark on-the-go.

Nvidia says that the new mobile GeForces are "available immediately," and to back that up, the company showed off several thin-and-light notebooks from Alienware, HP, Acer, Asus, and Lenovo that feature the chips. Check out that new hotness in the gallery below.

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