And now it’s time to see if the GTX 950M is the will live up to its predecessor, the GTX 850M. Just like last year, the GTX 950M is placed in the upper-mid range segment. It was announced last month and now we have one of the first notebooks offering the GPU on our hands and in our case, it’s the ASUS N751JX laptop. It features the GTX 950M with 2GB DDR3 dedicated memory. Practically, nothing has changed in this year’s model, except the graphics card.

Enough with the notebook, we are here to talk about the newly announced GTX 950M GPU. It uses the same GM107 graphics chip that can be found in last years GTX 850M, 860M and even in this year’s GTX 960M. It’s based on the new Maxwell architecture with 28nm manufacturing process and can be equipped with either GDDR5 memory or with DDR3 (which is the variant we are testing right now). The GPU is clocked at 914 MHz and can go up to 1124 MHz (at least according to GPU-Z, as you can see on the screenshot below). Simply put, we can easily say that the GTX 950M is quite similar to the GTX 850M, but we can’t expect bigger performance over last year’s GTX 850M as this GPU is mainly optimized towards power-efficiency. Other notable features worth mentioning are 640 CUDA cores, 16 ROPs and 40 texture units, but most importantly, the L2 cache size is now 2MB for the GM107 GPU. You can see all the benchmark and gaming tests below.

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Benchmark tests

Results are from the 3DMark: Fire Strike (Graphics) benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (2GB DDR3)
ASUS N751JX
price
3254.00

performance
11841031
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M (4GB DDR3)
ASUS N751JK
3078.00-5.4%
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (4GB GDDR5, GM107)
ASUS G771JM
3884.00+19.4%
1636333920 852 G501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (4GB GDDR5)
ASUS ROG G501
4353.00+33.8%
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 3.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (2GB DDR3)
ASUS N751JX
price
949.00

performance
11841031
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M (4GB DDR3)
ASUS N751JK
951.00+0.2%
1636333916 137 csm asusG771JW 2c787dffd6 e1423830783988
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (4GB GDDR5, GM107)
ASUS G771JM
1176.00+23.9%
1636333920 852 G501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (4GB GDDR5)
ASUS ROG G501
1251.00+31.8%
Results are from the Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (2GB DDR3)
ASUS N751JX
price
703.00

performance
11841031
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M (4GB DDR3)
ASUS N751JK
694.00-1.3%
1636333916 137 csm asusG771JW 2c787dffd6 e1423830783988
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (4GB GDDR5, GM107)
ASUS G771JM
909.00+29.3%
1636333920 852 G501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (4GB GDDR5)
ASUS ROG G501
1032.00+46.8%
Results are from the Unigine Superposition benchmark (higher the score, the better)
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M (2GB DDR3)
ASUS N751JX
price
0.00

performance
11841031
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 850M (4GB DDR3)
ASUS N751JK
0.00
1636333916 137 csm asusG771JW 2c787dffd6 e1423830783988
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M (4GB GDDR5, GM107)
ASUS G771JM
0.00
1636333920 852 G501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M (4GB GDDR5)
ASUS ROG G501
0.00

Gaming tests

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Tomb Raider (Low) Tomb Raider (Medium) Tomb Raider (Max)
HD (1366×768) 190 fps 69 fps 27 fps
Full HD (1920×1080) 110 fps 40 fps 23 fps

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F1 2014 (Low) F1 2014 (Medium) F1 2014 (Max)
HD (1366×768) 114 fps 97 fps 92 fps
Full HD (1920×1080) 92 fps 85 fps 67 fps

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Thief (Low) Thief (Medium) Thief (Max)
HD (1366×768) 52 fps 48 fps 31 fps
Full HD (1920×1080) 45 fps 34 fps 20 fps

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