NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 970M SLI sales 7 October 2014. This is Maxwell architecture notebook card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 2x 6 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 5 GHz are supplied.

Power consumption is at 162 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 39.34 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 970M SLI's architecture, market type and release date.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.11
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Market segment
Laptop
 
Launch date
7 October 2014 (6 years ago)
 
Price now
$1326
 

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 970M SLI's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 970M SLI's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
2560
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
924 MHz
 
Boost clock speed
1038 MHz
 
Number of transistors
2x 5200 Million
 
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
162 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 970M SLI'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
 
SLI options
+
 

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 970M 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
 
Maximum RAM amount
2x 6 GB
 
Memory bus width
2x 192 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
5000 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Shared memory
-
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970M SLI. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

Optimus
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970M SLI, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX
DirectX 12_1, Shader 5.0
 
CUDA
+
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 970M SLI. 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.

39.34

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

96944

3DMark Fire Strike Score

10741

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

14760

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

18870

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.

36119

Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

169

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

256573

Game benchmarks

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 970M SLI is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

This video card matches 100% minimum and 97% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
97%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
97%

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

1080p
 
89
 
4K
 
39
 

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 970M SLI from AMD is Radeon RX 580 Mobile, which is slower by 12% and lower by 26 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 970M SLI:

Similar GPUs

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