NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M, 950M and 940M in ASUS, ACER and Lenovo notebooks

Published: 2 years ago

Mid-range GeForce 900M series are coming soon

NVIDIA will soon release new Maxwell mobile graphics cards. Those who already own GTX 860M/850M or 840M may not find new the parts attractive.

GeForce 800M series were rushed, because notebook manufacturers demanded new cards to be included into the offer. NVIDIA had no GK104 successor so they released slightly faster GK104 silicon with more memory. They also included some Maxwell parts.

The decision to launch 800M series that soon, not only caused problems with desktop series branding, but also forced NVIDIA to launch first Maxwell GPUs with 800M series, which was originally planned for ‘the proper Maxwell series’ aka 900M.

GeForce 900M series however, will almost exclusively use Maxwell architecture. There are rumors though that GeForce 920M may be GK208-based, however we can’t confirm it yet.

Side by side comparison between GeForce 800M and 900M series will give you the idea what to expect from new series.

GeForce GTX 965M should be GM206-based, and frankly I’m not sure why it was released as half-GM204 while the specs are exactly the same as GM206. It’s not like there was any competition anyway.

NVIDIA GeForce 800M / 900M series
GPU CUDAs Mem. Model Model Mem. CUDAs GPU
GK104 1536 8GB 256b GeForce GTX 880M GeForce GTX 980M 8GB 256b 1536 GM204
GK104 1344 6GB 192b GeForce GTX 870M GeForce GTX 970M 6GB 192b 1280 GM204
GK104 1152 2GB 128b GeForce GTX 860M #1 GeForce GTX 965M 4GB 128b 1024 GM204
GM107 640 2GB 128b GeForce GTX 860M #2 GeForce GTX 960M * 2GB 128b 640 GM107
GM107 640 4GB 128b GeForce GTX 850M GeForce GTX 950M * 2GB 128b 640 GM107
GM108 384 4GB 64b GeForce 840M GeForce 940M * 4GB 64b 384 GM108
GM108 256 2GB 64b GeForce 830M GeForce 930M * 2GB 64b 256 GM108
* unconfirmed

New drivers disable GeForce 800M/900M series overclocking

NVIDIA recently blocked the option to overclock mobile graphics cards with the latest drivers. As the employee explains, it was never meant to be available, and it was released by … mistake. This year clearly did not start well for NVIDIA.

Personally I’m not surprised overclocking was disabled, actually I’m surprised it was allowed before. There are far too many reasons why it should be disabled. Some people don’t realize that even the gaming notebooks only ship 150-200W power bricks. Maxwell architecture clearly has too much overclocking potential, allowing users to reach much higher clocks than designed, thus company decided to disable overclocking completely. I would rather expect more intelligent decision to limit GPU Boost speeds with lower temperature (it would basically mean cards won’t even reach the clocks you chose), BUT overclocking would technically still be available. Instead, we have this:

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ASUS ROG G551JW

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  • CPU: Intel® i7-4720HQ Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.60 GHz)
  • RAM: 16GB DRAM DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
  • Disc: 1TB – 7200RPM HDD
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M (N16P-GX) GDDR5 2GB Graphics
  • Display: 15.6″ LED-backlit TFT IPS 1920×1080 / 200nits/ 16:9 Non-glare

ASUS ROG G501

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  • CPU: Intel I7
  • RAM: 8GB DRAM DDR3 1600MHz
  • Disc: 1TB – 5400RPM HDD
  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M (N16P-GX) GDDR5 2GB Graphics
  • Display: 15.6″ HD 1920×1080 / 3840×2160 IPS

Acer Aspire V Nitro VN7-571G

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  • CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U 2,2
  • RAM: 4 GB / 8GB DDR3
  • Disc: 1TB HDD
  • GPU: nVIDIA GeForce 940M 2GB
  • Display: 15,6″ 1366×768 (HD)

Notebook Lenovo ThinkPad T550 15.6″ 20CK0009XS

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  • CPU: Intel Core i5-5200U
  • RAM: 4 GB DDR3
  • Disc: 256GB SSD
  • GPU: nVIDIA GeForce 940M 2GB
  • Display: 15,6″ 1920×1800 (FHD)

via LaptopMedia


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