GTX 970M SLI vs RTX 2060 Max-Q

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M SLI
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  • Core clock speed 924
  • Max video memory 2x 6144 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 5000
  • Maximum resolution
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 975
  • Max video memory 6 GB
  • Memory type GDDR6
  • Memory clock speed 11000
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 1680$
Games supported 88%

General info

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

Place in performance rating132149
Value for money5.916.06
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)Turing (2018−2021)
GPU code nameno dataN18E-G1 MAX-Q TU106
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
Release date7 October 2014 (8 years ago)6 January 2019 (3 years ago)
Current price$1326 $1680
Value for money

To calculate the index we compare the characteristics of graphics cards against their prices.

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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 cores25601920
Core clock speed924 MHz975 MHz
Boost clock speed1038 MHz1185 MHz
Number of transistors2x 5200 Million10,800 million
Manufacturing process technology28 nm12 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)162 Watt65 Watt
Texture fill rateno data142.2

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 970M SLI and GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q 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 sizelargelarge
Interfaceno dataPCIe 3.0 x16
Supplementary power connectorsno dataNone
SLI options+no data

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 typeGDDR5GDDR6
Maximum RAM amount2x 6 GB6 GB
Memory bus width2x 192 Bit192 Bit
Memory clock speed5000 MHz11000 MHz
Memory bandwidthno data264.0 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 Connectorsno dataNo outputs
G-SYNC supportno data+

Technologies

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

Optimus+no data
VR Readyno data+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12_112 Ultimate (12_1)
Shader Modelno data6.5
OpenGLno data4.6
OpenCLno data1.2
Vulkanno data1.2.131
CUDA+7.5

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 970M SLI 27.91
+12.4%
RTX 2060 Max-Q 24.82
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 970M SLI 36119
RTX 2060 Max-Q 50957
+41.1%

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 970M SLI 18870
RTX 2060 Max-Q 19779
+4.8%

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.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 970M SLI 96944
+64.6%
RTX 2060 Max-Q 58890

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 970M SLI 10741
RTX 2060 Max-Q 13716
+27.7%

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.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 970M SLI 14760
RTX 2060 Max-Q 14910
+1%

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.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

GTX 970M SLI 256573
RTX 2060 Max-Q 308872
+20.4%

Gaming performance

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

Average FPS

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

Full HD89
−2.2%
91
+2.2%
1440pno data44
4K39
+5.4%
37
−5.4%

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
+11.9%
40−45
−11.9%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 50−55
−51.9%
79
+51.9%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
+14.3%
40−45
−14.3%
Battlefield 5 85−90
+10.3%
75−80
−10.3%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 70−75
+12.3%
65−70
−12.3%
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
+11.9%
40−45
−11.9%
Far Cry 5 70−75
+12.9%
60−65
−12.9%
Far Cry New Dawn 70−75
−7.1%
75
+7.1%
Forza Horizon 4 90−95
+10.8%
80−85
−10.8%
Hitman 3 80−85
+15.1%
70−75
−15.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn 55−60
+13.7%
50−55
−13.7%
Red Dead Redemption 2 45−50
+12.5%
40−45
−12.5%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 60−65
−40.3%
87
+40.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 50−55
+13.3%
45−50
−13.3%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 50−55
−25%
65
+25%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
+14.3%
40−45
−14.3%
Battlefield 5 85−90
+10.3%
75−80
−10.3%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 70−75
+12.3%
65−70
−12.3%
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
+11.9%
40−45
−11.9%
Far Cry 5 70−75
+12.9%
60−65
−12.9%
Far Cry New Dawn 70−75
+0%
70
+0%
Forza Horizon 4 90−95
+10.8%
80−85
−10.8%
Hitman 3 80−85
+15.1%
70−75
−15.1%
Horizon Zero Dawn 55−60
+13.7%
50−55
−13.7%
Metro Exodus 45−50
−26.7%
57
+26.7%
Red Dead Redemption 2 45−50
+12.5%
40−45
−12.5%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 60−65
−21%
75
+21%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 85
−23.5%
105
+23.5%
Watch Dogs: Legion 50−55
+13.3%
45−50
−13.3%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 50−55
+15.6%
45
−15.6%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
+14.3%
40−45
−14.3%
Battlefield 5 85−90
+10.3%
75−80
−10.3%
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
+11.9%
40−45
−11.9%
Far Cry 5 70−75
+12.9%
60−65
−12.9%
Far Cry New Dawn 70−75
+11.1%
63
−11.1%
Forza Horizon 4 90−95
+10.8%
80−85
−10.8%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 48
−18.8%
57
+18.8%
Watch Dogs: Legion 50−55
+13.3%
45−50
−13.3%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 40−45
+12.8%
35−40
−12.8%
Hitman 3 45−50
+14.3%
40−45
−14.3%
Horizon Zero Dawn 35−40
+12.1%
30−35
−12.1%
Metro Exodus 27−30
+12.5%
24−27
−12.5%
Red Dead Redemption 2 21−24
+9.5%
21−24
−9.5%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 35−40
+12.5%
30−35
−12.5%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−33
+11.1%
27−30
−11.1%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 27−30
+16.7%
24−27
−16.7%
Battlefield 5 60−65
+12.7%
55−60
−12.7%
Cyberpunk 2077 20−22
+17.6%
16−18
−17.6%
Far Cry 5 45−50
+14.3%
40−45
−14.3%
Far Cry New Dawn 50−55
+12.8%
45−50
−12.8%
Forza Horizon 4 55−60
+11.3%
50−55
−11.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 21−24
+16.7%
18−20
−16.7%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 21−24
+15%
20−22
−15%
Hitman 3 27−30
+12.5%
24−27
−12.5%
Horizon Zero Dawn 18−20
+11.8%
16−18
−11.8%
Metro Exodus 16−18
+21.4%
14−16
−21.4%
Red Dead Redemption 2 16−18
+6.7%
14−16
−6.7%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 18−20
−5.3%
20
+5.3%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 28
−25%
35
+25%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18−20
+12.5%
16−18
−12.5%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 14−16
+15.4%
12−14
−15.4%
Battlefield 5 30−35
+13.3%
30−33
−13.3%
Cyberpunk 2077 8−9
+33.3%
6−7
−33.3%
Far Cry 5 24−27
+14.3%
21−24
−14.3%
Far Cry New Dawn 27−30
+12.5%
24−27
−12.5%
Forza Horizon 4 35−40
+14.7%
30−35
−14.7%
Watch Dogs: Legion 12−14
+20%
10−11
−20%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 27.91 24.82
Recency 7 October 2014 6 January 2019
Pipelines / CUDA cores 2560 1920
Chip lithography 28 nm 12 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 162 Watt 65 Watt

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

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

since it shows better performance.


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Competitors of GeForce GTX 970M SLI by AMD

The nearest GeForce GTX 970M SLI's AMD equivalent is Radeon RX 6800M, which is faster by 3% and higher by 1 position in our performance rating.

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Competitors of GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce RTX 2060 Max-Q from AMD is Radeon RX 580 Mobile, which is slower by 2% and lower by 6 positions in our rating.

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