NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q vs 965M SLI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 965M SLI architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Pascal
 
Maxwell
Code name
N17E-G2 Max-Q
 
n/d
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
30 May 2017
 
5 January 2015

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 965M SLI's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 965M SLI's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2048
 
2048
Core clock speed
1101 - 1215 MHz
 
924 MHz
Boost Clock
1265 - 1379 MHz
 
950 MHz
Transistor count
7,200 million
 
2x 5200 Million
Manufacturing process technology
16 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
115 Watt
 
n/d
Texture fill rate
176.5 GTexel / s
 
n/d
Floating-point performance
5,648 gflops
 
n/d

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 965M SLI 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
 
large
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
n/d
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
n/d

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 965M SLI: 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
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
8 GB
 
2x 4 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
2x 128 Bit
Memory clock speed
8000 MHz
 
5000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
256.3 GB / s
 
n/d
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 965M SLI.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
n/d
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 965M SLI. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GeForce ShadowPlay
-
 
+
GPU Boost
n/d
 
+
Optimus
-
 
+
BatteryBoost
-
 
+
VR Ready
+
 
n/d
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
n/d
 
+
GeForce Experience
n/d
 
+
Multi-Projection
+
 
n/d
Multi Monitor
+
 
n/d

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 965M SLI, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12_1
 
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1), Shader 5.0
OpenGL
4.6
 
n/d
Vulkan
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 965M SLI. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 1070 Max-Q 25.30 +0.8%
GTX 965M SLI 25.09

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 1070 Max-Q 334256 +33.6%
GTX 965M SLI 250259

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 1070 Max-Q 99552 +94.5%
GTX 965M SLI 51182

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 1070 Max-Q 12599 +61.2%
GTX 965M SLI 7815

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 1070 Max-Q 14679 +43.8%
GTX 965M SLI 10207

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 1070 Max-Q 18688 +29.5%
GTX 965M SLI 14428

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and GeForce GTX 965M SLI are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q

0.8% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (30 May 2017 vs 5 January 2015)
Wider memory bus (256 vs 128 bit)
Finer manufacturing process technology (16 vs 28 nm)
Multi-Projection
VR Ready
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)
Multi Monitor

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI

Battery Boost (saves energy while gaming by lowering FPS to a still acceptable level. Can make a laptop working on battery twice as long, depending on the particular game)
NVIDIA GameStream
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
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)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Optimus Support
NVIDIA BatteryBoost

So, GTX 1070 Max-Q or 965M SLI?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M SLI. The differences in performance seem too small.
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