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Both GTX 960M and GTX 860M GPUs are tested in the ASUS ROG G501 (detailed review), Acer Aspire V15 Nitro Black Edition (detailed review) and V17 Nitro Black Edition for quite some time now, but what about the difference in driver versions? In order to be a fair test, we used the latest NVIDIA drivers (350.12) on both machines.

As you can see below, results aren’t stunning and the GTX 960M shows little performance leap over its predecessor. While both video cards use the same GPU (GM107) and are part of the Maxwell family, the GTX 960M delivers slightly higher clock rates – 1097MHz – 1176MHz as for the GTX 860M, clock rates are – 1020MHz – 1085MHz. So we can expect a bit more out of the new GPU. You can see the results listed below.

Benchmark tests

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro (VN7-591G, 960M)
price
4241.00

performance
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (2GB GDDR5, GM107)
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition (VN7-791G) (860M)
4041.00-4.7%
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro (VN7-591G, 960M)
price
1258.00

performance
1636362966 465 Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition VN7 791 left facing
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (2GB GDDR5, GM107)
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition (VN7-791G) (860M)
1205.00-4.2%
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro (VN7-591G, 960M)
price
965.00

performance
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (2GB GDDR5, GM107)
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition (VN7-791G) (860M)
992.00+2.8%
Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (2GB GDDR5)
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro (VN7-591G, 960M)
price
0.00

performance
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (2GB GDDR5, GM107)
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition (VN7-791G) (860M)
0.00

Gaming tests

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Tomb Raider (1080p, Low) Tomb Raider (1080p, Medium) Tomb Raider (1080p, Max)
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (860M) 141 fps 64 fps 30 fps
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro (960M) 154 fps (+9%) 68 fps (+6%) 31 fps (+4%)

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F1 2014 (1080p, Low) F1 2014 (1080p, Medium) F1 2014 (1080p, Max)
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (860M) 118 fps 91 fps 82 fps
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro (960M) 119 fps (+1%) 107 fps (+15%) 89 fps (+8%)

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Thief (1080p, Low) Thief (1080p, Medium) Thief (1080p, Max)
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro (860M) 51 fps 42 fps 26 fps
Acer Aspire V15 Nitro (960M) 49 fps (-4%) 41 fps (-3%) 28 fps (+8%)

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