CUDA Toolkit 7 and GTX 950M Compatibility

Quite recently I started studying about CUDA GPU programming , and to get hands on, I made up my mind to buy a Asus laptop (Visual Studio, Win 8.1) with GeForce 950M card . The rationale is that GeForce 950M supports all features till CUDA 5.0, and is cheaper. Howveer I was curious if CUDA Toolkit 7 supports this card. There was no reason to suspect that, but the suspicion grew its roots because, I see that latest Nsight version does not mentions 950M as supported card.

Need advice on if I am choosing right kind of graphics card for the purpose, or should I go for another one.

It’s supported. When installing CUDA 7, deselect the option to install the driver that comes with the CUDA toolkit – this will retain your current GTX 950M driver on the laptop, which will work fine with CUDA 7 as well as nsight VSE.

Thanks Bro !! It was great help in decision making.

If I deselect the Graphics Driver, the GPU Deployment Kit is automatically deselected.

Yes, the GPU deployment kit is tied to the specific graphics driver in use.