NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI vs 880M SLI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M SLI

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 970M SLI and GeForce GTX 880M SLI architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Kepler
Code name
no data
 
N15E-GX-A2
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
7 October 2014
 
12 March 2014

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 970M SLI and GeForce GTX 880M 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 970M SLI and GeForce GTX 880M SLI's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2560
 
3072
Core clock speed
924 MHz
 
954 MHz
Boost Clock
1038 MHz
 
no data
Transistor count
2x 5200 Million
 
2x 3540 Million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
162 Watt
 
206 Watt

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 970M SLI and GeForce GTX 880M 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

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 970M SLI and GeForce GTX 880M 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
2x 6 GB
 
2x 8 GB
Memory bus width
2x 192 Bit
 
2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed
5000 MHz
 
5000 MHz
Shared memory
-
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970M SLI and GeForce GTX 880M SLI. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
-
 
+
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
no data
Optimus
+
 
+
BatteryBoost
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
+
SLI
+
 
+
GeForce Experience
+
 
no data
Verde Drivers
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970M SLI and GeForce GTX 880M SLI, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1), Shader 5.0
 
DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 970M SLI and GeForce GTX 880M SLI. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 970M SLI 50.86 +19.6%
GTX 880M SLI 42.53

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 970M SLI 96944 +25.8%
GTX 880M SLI 77057

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 970M SLI 10741 +17.9%
GTX 880M SLI 9111

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 970M SLI 14760 +24.9%
GTX 880M SLI 11817

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 970M SLI 18870 +19.3%
GTX 880M SLI 15823

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 970M SLI 36119
GTX 880M SLI 36366 +0.7%

Unigine Heaven 3.0

GTX 970M SLI 169 +15.8%
GTX 880M SLI 146

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 970M SLI and GeForce GTX 880M SLI are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI

19.6% faster in synthetic tests
Somewhat newer (7 October 2014 vs 12 March 2014)
Less power hungry (162 vs 206 watts)
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)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
NVIDIA BatteryBoost

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M SLI

Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)
More pipelines (3072 vs 2560)
Verde Drivers
3D Vision
3DTV
3D Vision Surround

So, GTX 970M SLI or 880M SLI?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 970M SLI and GeForce GTX 880M SLI, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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