While we wait impatiently for the intended launch of The GeForce GTX 960 desktop (And its powerful Ti versions), NVIDIA is ahead of time and making a modest launch to a new mobile card that answers the name GeForce GTX 965M.
Contrary to what we expect for the stationary GTX 960, the GeForce GTX 965M card is based on the same GM204 core as all its older brothersThe GTX 980, the GTX 970, The GTX 980M and the GTX 970M) - although this time we are dealing with 8 SMM units that offer 1,024 CUDA cores in total, which operate at a maximum standard frequency of 924MHz (plus unspecified Boost frequency) in parallel with memory GDDR5 2GB or 4GB with 128 bit interface and effective 5GHz frequency.
The end result is a model that is supposed to tell about 75 percent of the performance of The GeForce GTX 970M, Performance similar to that of theGeForce GTX 870M of the previous generation and performance greater than 30GeForce GTX 860M, which is the most advanced mobile video card that can be found today outside dedicated gaming (and expensive accordingly).
According to the data currently known to us, the GTX 965M may also provide us with an early glimpse into the future performance of the GTX.GeForce GTX 960 to be launched later this month
Will the GTX 965M really take its place as the GTX 860M as a model that delivers advanced graphics (and gaming) capabilities even in "standard" models with competitive price tags? So far it doesn't really look like that - the GTX 965M has popped up in a number of new MSI, Gigabyte (through the AORUS brand) and Schenker models which are all branded as products for Gamers. Despite this, with an estimated thermal envelope of about 50 watts thanks to its efficient architecture, the GTX 965M apparently has all the features needed to reach mainstream mobile as well - so we'll keep our fingers crossed that this will happen, down the road.