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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    • vargis14
    • 5 years ago

    I am glad hopefully now I can get a 14″ i5 powered laptop with either one of these GPU’s with 2GB of GDDR5 memory ,1080p screen and a back-lit keyboard for 650-800 Dollars.

    I realize these are re brands I just hope the Kepler based 860m stays in the 800m series and does not get re-re- re branded into another 900 series GPU. Maybe the one good thing about this will be they got wattage down on the 9/50/60m GTX 750 mobile parts and you might know positively you are getting a Maxwell chip

    P.S I swore I wrote this around 1130 last night, but I was super tired and just woke up from passin out for a nap after dinner.
    My new male Great dane Puppy is keeping me from beauty sleep:)

    • Leader952
    • 5 years ago

    I wonder if these rebrands happened because of the GTX 970 split memory issue.

    If Nvidia was originally going to do cut downs on the GM206 that would have resulted in a split memory (fast/slow) but because of the blow back they canned that idea and just renamed old GM107 parts.

    If that indeed happened then we can thank those morons (who still post that the GTX 970 only has 3.5 GB not 4 GB) for getting these rebrands.

    • UnfriendlyFire
    • 5 years ago

    So is this why Nividia wanted to get rid of the “overclocking” bug?

    Regarding overclocking laptops, my laptop maintains below 75C when running Furmark after overclocking a Radeon 8750M by about 200 mhz core/memory and undervolting the CPU.

    And that’s a 14″, “ultrabook” business laptop that weights 3.4lb.

    EDIT: Your mileage may vary, and a lot lower with laptops that have cooling or power supply issues.

      • vargis14
      • 5 years ago

      If any of the “put your OEM here” laptop makers make the same laptop model with a choice between the 850m or the 860m if the price is a lot lower “100$ or more” for the 850m equipped version and you know you are getting GDDR5 memory it would definitely pay off to get the 850m over the 860m since you should be able to clock it right to the 860m’s clock speeds. Heck you could probably just flash the bios to a 860m. If it saves you $100-200 bucks even if it does not work the performance difference will be pretty darn small, but if it does clock up you have a 860m and saved a good bit of money.
      Most likely the bios on the GDDR5 versions 850m and 860m from the same OEM will be the only difference between them. Plus they will probably use the same identical cooling solution for either version of the 850/60m if it is the same laptop OEM manufacturer.

    • UnfriendlyFire
    • 5 years ago

    I wonder if the GT 910M or 905M will be a Fermi again?

    If that’s the case, then it would be interesting to see a 6 year old GPU architecture be pitted against Broadwell/Skylake IGP.

      • Hyp3rTech
      • 5 years ago

      …That would have more power draw than the 980M…
      *DEAFENING FAN NOISE*

    • NovusBogus
    • 5 years ago

    Nifty. I’d like to get a decent laptop at one point, and one of the things I’ve been waiting on is midrange Maxwell parts. Now if only one of the enterprise laptop makers will pair it up with an i7 at a semi-reasonable price…

    • Chrispy_
    • 5 years ago

    I upgraded my year-old 860M laptop by imagining that the GPU inside it is called a 960M instead of an 860M

    \o/

      • Hyp3rTech
      • 5 years ago

      The rebrand is strong with this one.

        • Chrispy_
        • 5 years ago

        No, I’ve only done the hardware upgrade.
        To update the branding on the palm-rest of my laptop I’ll need to invest in a sharpie.

      • UnfriendlyFire
      • 5 years ago

      Just overclock it a little bit. Oh wait, Nividia wanted to get rid of that “bug” originally.

      • vargis14
      • 5 years ago

      OVERCLOCK EVERYTHING!!!!!

      BTW Nvidia’s GTX 750ti/ 860m/ 950m/ 960m/ CracKatoaM is a darn good little chip! Unfortunatly it is so good I think we will see a lot more rebrands of it over the next year and a half since it is about the perfect chip for a small 1080p screen, well any 1080p screen but the smaller ones that have more pixels per inch do not need as much Anti aliasing or other image improving functions that load the card a lot. Just compare a 14″ 1080p panel to a 24″ or even worse and 27″ panel and you will get what I am talking about.

      I would love a nice little 12 or 13″ Quad core laptop with a 960m with 4GB gddr5 a backlit gaming keyboard and a 1080p IPS panel that has 2 USB ports and a 500gb M-sata ssd “mouth waters” This way you can hook up your gaming mouse of choice Wired or wireless and USB DAC or wireless sound solution of your choice. and it would all fit in a very small bag including your stiff Mousepad that I would purchase that was almost the same dimensions as the little gaming laptop.

      Man what a pity, My wallet cannot live up to my dreams:(

    • anotherengineer
    • 5 years ago

    Man your quarters are boring, here are some cool quarters for your next photo-shoot, way more happening!!

    [url<]http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/37/Quarter_Reverse_2010.png[/url<] [url<]http://isaacbrocksociety.ca/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Brock-Coin2.jpg[/url<] [url<]http://www.oyston.com/QuitQuarter/Quarter0408.gif[/url<] [url<]http://i.cbc.ca/1.2312596.1383277801!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_300/quarter-pink.jpg[/url<] [url<]http://www.downtownstamps.bc.ca/images/sales/rcm/qurters00/coin_2000_jan.jpg[/url<] [url<]http://assets.catawiki.nl/assets/2013/8/17/d/0/5/d05e1e44-06dd-11e3-86e9-7a086cbd8e98.jpg[/url<] That's what I'm talking about. Although it could take away from the silicon.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 5 years ago

      C’mon man, it’s not like we’re playing Monopoly™ with our money.

    • xeridea
    • 5 years ago

    Seems like the mobile cards would benefit more from being actual 900 series with the power efficiency… since that is a huge factor in mobile than just another rebrand.

    • bittermann
    • 5 years ago

    There’s got to be a way for the fan boys to twist the rebranding around some how so they can continue crapping on AMD. The ever popular “AMD does it as well” or “its still better than anything AMD” or, etc…

      • Hyp3rTech
      • 5 years ago

      Hey. I like AMD. Plus, Nvidia does more rebranding than AMD, and AMD doesn’t hide it if it’s the same chip.

    • deruberhanyok
    • 5 years ago

    Any chance we know if it’s using GM107, or is it a second generation version?

      • Chrispy_
      • 5 years ago

      It is GM107, [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Nvidia_graphics_processing_units#GeForce_900M_.289xxM.29_Series<]comfirmed[/url<]. Unconfirmed values in that table are always highlighted in colour.

    • sweatshopking
    • 5 years ago

    these appear to be rebranded 860m’s that launched a year ago. IDENTICAL IN EVERY WAY WITH A SLIGHT (860m is 1029Mhz+boost) OVERCLOCK. REBRANDING FOR THE WIN.

    [url<]http://wccftech.com/nvidia-geforce-gtx-860m-features-maxwell-gm107-core-45w-tdp-benchmarks-unveiled/[/url<] SERIOUSLY. THESE AREN'T NEW, as the above article shows, they're a year old. Don't let them get away with it, Jeff, call them out for this behaviour. It's not a new chip, so it can't be "the new hotness" since i literally owned the 860m months ago. No wonder they're in stock. THEY'VE BEEN SELLING THEM FOR A WHILE.

      • Hyp3rTech
      • 5 years ago

      I had the exact same thought. There’s too much rebranding going on in nvidia.
      AMD’s not much better, but they don’t hide it as much.

        • Deanjo
        • 5 years ago

        [quote<]AMD's not much better, but they don't hide it as much.[/quote<] Lol, ya right. Their latest "gen" in mobile are all rebrands and the majority of the the desktop cards are rebrands as well.

        • HisDivineOrder
        • 5 years ago

        They don’t hide it as much?

        They did a complete update to their entire line including changing the model lines and STILL did a rebrand in the middle of it. It wasn’t just 7970 to 8970. We’re talking they invented the whole R9, R7 naming scheme with a new set of model numbers and still didn’t take the opportunity to do a full product line refresh to go with it.

        I think they definitely TRIED to hide all those 7970’s and 7950’s in the R9 line. It’s just we all knew. They definitely tried.

        Everybody’s guilty of these stupid rebrands. AMD’s inability to compete is giving nVidia a LOT of breathing room to rebrand.

          • Hyp3rTech
          • 5 years ago

          We already know that AMD’s Rx 3xx series will be faster rebrands of the tier just above it with HBM, ex. R9 280 becomes R9 370X, etc., but, WE ALREADY KNOW THAT. until sweatshopking pointed it out, how many of us thought it would be a rebranded 860m? They didn’t even clock it much higher.

          Now I know they are both bad. All I am saying is that Nvidia hides it more. But, when they release a new, non-rebranded product, it’s often great. (As long as you don’t mind the 3.5 gigs of vram)

        • sweatshopking
        • 5 years ago

        as has been said, both are guilty, and both should be called out on it.

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