NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS vs Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)

NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS
Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)

General info

Comparison of GeForce 9700M GTS and HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Tesla
 
Gen. 6 Sandy Bridge
Code name
G94
 
Sandy Bridge
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
29 July 2008
 
1 May 2011

Technical specs

GeForce 9700M GTS and HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)'s general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce 9700M GTS and HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)'s performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
48
 
6
CUDA cores
48
 
n/d
Core clock speed
530 MHz
 
350 MHz
Boost Clock
n/d
 
1100 MHz
Transistor count
505 million
 
n/d
Manufacturing process technology
65 nm
 
32 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
60 Watt
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
12.72 GTexel / s
 
n/d
Floating-point performance
127.2 gflops
 
n/d
Gigaflops
180
 
n/d

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce 9700M GTS and HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.
Laptop size
large
 
n/d
Interface
PCIe 2.0 x16
 
n/d

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce 9700M GTS and HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge): its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR3
 
n/d
Maximum RAM amount
512 MB
 
n/d
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
64 / 128 Bit
Memory clock speed
1600 MHz
 
n/d
Memory bandwidth
51.2 GB / s
 
n/d
Shared memory
-
 
yesbenutzt LLC Cache

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce 9700M GTS and HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge).
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
n/d

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce 9700M GTS and HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge). You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
CUDA
+
 
-
HybridPower
+
 
n/d
PureVideo HD
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce 9700M GTS and HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
11.1 (10_0)
 
DirectX 10.1, Shader 4.1
OpenGL
3.3
 
n/d

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce 9700M GTS and HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge). Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

9700M GTS 0.22 +37.5%
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) 0.16

3DMark Vantage Performance

9700M GTS 2825 +189.4%
HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) 976

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce 9700M GTS and HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge) are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS

37.5% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (256 vs 64 bit)
More pipelines (48 vs 6)
PureVideo HD
HybridPower
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
PhysX ready
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)

Advantages of Intel HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)

Much newer (1 May 2011 vs 29 July 2008)
Finer manufacturing process technology (32 vs 65 nm)

So, 9700M GTS or HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge)?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce 9700M GTS.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce 9700M GTS and HD Graphics (Sandy Bridge), ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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