NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M vs ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.63
 
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Architecture
Fermi
 
RV6xx
GPU code name
N12E-GT
 
M88-XT CF
Market segment
Laptop
 
Laptop
Launch date
28 June 2011 (9 years ago)
 
1 September 2008 (12 years ago)
Price now
$163
 
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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
336
 
640
CUDA cores
336
 
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Core clock speed
575 MHz
 
660 MHz
Number of transistors
1,950 million
 
666 million
Manufacturing process technology
40 nm
 
55 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
75 Watt
 
110 Watt
Texture fill rate
32.2 billion/sec
 
10.56
Floating-point performance
772.8 gflops
 
2x 422.4 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 570M and Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2 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
Bus support
PCI-E 2.0
 
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Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
PCIe 2.0 x16
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
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SLI options
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR3
Maximum RAM amount
3 MB
 
512 MB
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
1500 MHz
 
850 MHz
Memory bandwidth
72.0 GB/s
 
54.4 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

3D Blu-Ray
+
 
-
3D Gaming
+
 
-
Optimus
+
 
-

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 API
 
10.1 (10_1)
Shader Model
5.1
 
4.1
OpenGL
4.5
 
3.3
OpenCL
1.1
 
N/A
Vulkan
N/A
 
N/A
CUDA
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 570M 7.07
ATI Mobility HD 3870 X2 7.14 +1%

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

GTX 570M 11060 +60.4%
ATI Mobility HD 3870 X2 6895

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 570M and Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
66 Mh/s
 
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Both graphics cards satisfy the 79% minimum and 67% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
79%
Recommended
67%
Minimum
79%
Recommended
67%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

 
GTX 570M
ATI Mobility HD 3870 X2
900p
 
37
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1080p
 
53
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Competitors of GeForce GTX 570M from AMD

The nearest GeForce GTX 570M's AMD equivalent is Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2, which is faster by 1% and higher by 3 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 570M:

Competitors of Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2 from NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2 from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 675M, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest NVIDIA rivals to Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2:

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M

Much newer (28 June 2011 vs 1 September 2008)

Higher memory bandwidth (72 vs 54.4 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (40 vs 55 nm)

Lower power consumption (75W vs 110W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

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 (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)

Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)

Advantages of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2

1% better performance in benchmarks

Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)

More pipelines (640 vs 336)

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M and ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 X2. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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