NVIDIA quietly launches GeForce GTX 965M

Published: Jan 7th 2015, 10:44 GMT


NVIDIA quietly introduced new mobile graphics card based on Maxwell architecture — the GeForce GTX 965M.


The GeForce GTX 965M brings desktop-class gaming performance to the notebook, driving impressive gameplay at ultra settings on 1080p resolutions. Now, you can take on every game with blazing-fast performance, exclusive gaming technologies, plus the improved battery life you need to play longer, unplugged.

GeForce GTX 965M should not be a surprise to you, it was spotted in drivers more than a month ago.

geforce-gtx-965mThe first interesting thing you will notice about GTX 965M is that we are getting a very cut-down version of GM204, and unlike similar processors, this one is lacking half of the shaders.

GeForce GTX 965M only has 1024 CUDA cores and 128-bit interface (980M has 256bit). It still has GDDR5 memory though, and in fact most notebook models are shipping with 4GB frame buffer, but NVIDIA left this information blank on their site, so we might expect 2GB models soon.

The GeForce GTX 965M has a base clock of 944 MHz with GPU Boost 2.0 available, but this clock will vary depending on which notebook you buy. The memory is operating at 5 GHz effective speed, which is pretty much like any other high-end card in this segment.

According to Notebookcheck GeForce GTX 965M will replace GTX 870M, despite worse specs (at least on paper). However, thanks to larger caches and new color compressing algorithms both cards perform equally.

High-End GeForce GTX 800M/900M
GeForce GTX 980MGeForce GTX 880MGeForce GTX 970MGeForce GTX 870MGeForce GTX 965M
Process28 nm28 nm28 nm28 nm28 nm
GPUMaxwell (GM204)Kepler (GK104)Maxwell (GM204)Kepler (GK104)Maxwell (GM204)
CUDA Cores15361536128013441024
Core clock1038 MHz + Boost954 MHz + Boost924 MHz + Boost941 MHz + Boost924 MHz + Boost
Memory interface256 Bit (GDDR5)256 Bit (GDDR5)192 Bit (GDDR5)192 Bit (GDDR5)128 Bit (GDDR5)
RAM capacityup to 8 GBup to 8 GBup to 6 GBup to 6 GBup to 4 GB(?)
Memory clock (eff.)1250 MHz (5000 MHz)1250 MHz (5000 MHz)1250 MHz (5000 MHz)1250 MHz (5000 MHz)1250 MHz (5000 MHz)

Here are some benchmarks from Notebookcheck, follow the link below to see more charts.

GeForce GTX 965M 3DMARK2013 GeForce GTX 965M BATTLEFIELD 4

Source: Notebookcheck, NVIDIA, WCCFTech

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