NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 970M sales 7 October 2014 at a recommended price of $2,560.89. This is Maxwell architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 6 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 2.5 GHz are supplied, and together with 192 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 120 GB / s.

Compatibility-wise, this is card attached via MXM-B (3.0) interface. Power consumption is at 81 Watt.

It provides poor gaming and benchmark performance at 21.70 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 970M's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
3.81
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Code name
GM204
 
Type
Laptop
 
Release date
7 October 2014
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$2,560.89
 
of 999 (Radeon HD 7990)
Price now
$1899
 
of 10560 (Quadro GV100)

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 970M'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 970M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1280
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
CUDA cores
1280
 
Core clock speed
924 MHz
 
Boost Clock
1038 MHz
 
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
81 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
83.04 GTexel / s
 
Floating-point performance
2,657 gflops
 
of 2918.4 (GRID K340)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 970M's 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
 
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
SLI options
+
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 970M: 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
 
Maximum RAM amount
6 GB
 
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
2500 MHz
 
Memory bandwidth
120 GB / s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 970M.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
VGA аnalog display support
+
 
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
+
 
HDMI
+
 
G-SYNC support
+
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970M. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GameStream
+
 
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
GPU Boost
+
 
GameWorks
+
 
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
Optimus
+
 
BatteryBoost
+
 
CUDA
+
 
SLI
+
 
GeForce Experience
+
 
Ansel
+
 
DSR
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1), Shader 5.0
 
OpenGL
4.5
 
OpenCL
1.1
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 970M. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

21.70

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

274626

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

51247

3DMark Fire Strike Score

6565

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

7463

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

9878

3DMark Vantage Performance

28845

Unigine Heaven 3.0

93

Passmark

4214

Octane Render OctaneBench

51

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 970M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
314 Mh/s
 
 

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 970M is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 970M performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 970M from AMD is Radeon R9 M290X, which is slower by 3% and lower by 5 positions in our rating.

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