MSI Silently Updates Notebooks With GeForce GTX 960M, GTX 950M and GeForce 940M Maxwell Mobility Chips

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted Mar 12, 2015
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Update – NVIDIA has officially launched the GeForce GTX 960M and GeForce GTX 950M mobility chips which are now available in several notebooks from various OEMs.

At an event in Tokyo, MSI held a press conference regarding their latest gaming notebooks which will be featuring NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce GTX 960M, GTX 950M and 940M Maxwell mobility chips. The new gaming notebooks which are part of the mid-range and entry tier gaming devices that include GE62 2QD, GE722QD, GE60, GE70, GP60 and GP70 series.

GeForce GTX 960M Graphics Chip

MSI Equips Mainstream Maxwell Mobility Chips To Latest Gaming Notebooks

Adopting a new design, the GE62 2QD and GE72 2QD will feature the Core i7-4720 HQ processor which is clocked at 2.6 GHz / 3.5 GHz (base/boost) speeds and comes in a multi-threaded package.  The notebook features 8 GB DDR3L memory which can be upgraded since only one of the memory slots has been used. Storage includes a 128 GB M.2 SSD (6 GB/s) from Kingston along with a 1 TB HDD. The graphics side includes the GeForce GTX 960M graphics card with 2 GB VRAM along with the HD 4600 iGPU featured on the Haswell processor. The GE62 2QD boasts a 15.6″ Full HD LCD display and measures 383 × 260 × 27mm (W/D/H) and weighs at 2.4kg. The GE72 2QD features a 17.3″ Full HD LCD display and measures 419 × 280 × 29mm (W/D/H) while weighing in at 2.7kg. Specifications for both notebooks is pretty much the same.

The MSI GE60 and MSI GE70 series are the standard models which feature the Core i7-4720HQ and Core i5-4210H processors, respectively. The GE60 supports a 15.6 inch (1366×768) display while the GE70 comes with the 17.3 inch (1366×768) display. The other main difference is that the GE60 features the GeForce GTX 960M while the GeForce GTX 950M is featured inside the GE70 model. Both notebooks come with 128 GB of mSATA SSD storage and 1 TB of HDD storage space along with 8 GB of DDR3L memory which is upgradable to a higher amount as per user preference.

The entry-level GP60 and GP70 series feature a Core i5-4210H processor with 8 GB of DDR3L memory, 128 GB of mSATA and 1 TB of HDD storage space. The GP60 series support a 15.6″ display while the GP70 supports a 17.3″ display with a resolution of 1366×768. Both notebooks are equipped with the GeForce 940M graphics chips.

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The latest notebook series from MSI are equipped with a full LED backlight keyboard designed by SteelSeries and make use of their SteelSeries 3 engine for manual control and software customization. There’s also Killer LAN + Intel 802.11 ac on all models along with Cooler Boost technology. The top GE62 2QD Apache can output 4K video from its miniDisplay ports and HDMI while displaying video at full 120 Hz support.

MSI Gaming Notebooks 2015 Slides (Images Courtesy of GDM.OR.JP)

NVIDIA GeForce 900M – GTX 960M/GTX 950M/940M Series Specifications:

The new chips include the GTX 960M, GTX 950M and GT 940M. Surprisingly, none of the chips feature the GM206 architecture even though the 965M which was launched recently is very similar in specifications to the GeForce GTX 960 that is the only card to feature the core currently. Moving onward, the specifications are reported however their validity cannot be confirmed. Based on what we know so far, the GeForce GTX 960M and GTX 950M will be based on the GM107 architecture while the GeForce GT 940M and GT 930M will be based on the GM108 core architecture.

The specifications for the GM107 based chips would be 640 CUDA Cores each and a 2 GB VRAM operating along a 128-bit memory interface. There’s no word on the clock speeds or TDPs but they will be around 50-65W. As for the GM108 chips, the GT 940M is reported to feature 384 CUDA Cores and 4 GB VRAM along a limited 64-bit memory interface while the GeForce GT 930M will feature 256 CUDA Cores and a 2 GB VRAM operating along a 64-bit interface. These chips will ship with TDPs under the 40W barrier.

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MSI GE62 2QD Gaming Notebook: (Images Courtesy of 4Gamer.net)

NVIDIA GeForce 900M – GTX 960M, GTX 950M, GT 940M Preliminary Specifications:

NVIDIA GeForce 930M NVIDIA GeForce 940M NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M
Core Architecture Maxwell Maxwell Maxwell Maxwell Maxwell Maxwell Maxwell
Core SKU GM108 GM108 GM107 GM107 GM204 GM204 GM204
CUDA Cores 256 384 640 640 1024 1280 1536
ROPs/TMUs TBD TBD 40/16 40/16 64/32 48/80 64/96
Clock Speed TBD 1072 MHz+ 914 MHz+ 1097 MHz+ 950 MHz+ 1038 MHz+ 1127 MHz+
VRAM 2 GB DDR3 4 GB DDR3 2 GB GDDR5 2 GB GDDR5 4 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5
Memory Bus 64-bit 64-bit 128-bit 128-bit 128-bit 192-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth TBD TBD 80.2 GB/s 80.2 GB/s 80.2 GB/s 160.4 GB/s 160.4 GB/s
TDP TBD TBD 35W 40W 65W 81W 100W

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