NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M vs 880M

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 880M architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
44.24
 
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Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
Kepler
Code name
GM204
 
GK104
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
7 October 2014
 
12 March 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
$2,560.89
 
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Price now
$210
 
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 880M'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 and GeForce GTX 880M's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1280
 
1536
CUDA cores
1280
 
1536
Core clock speed
924 MHz
 
954 MHz
Boost Clock
1038 MHz
 
993 MHz
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
3,540 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
81 Watt
 
122 Watt
Texture fill rate
83.04
 
127.1
Floating-point performance
2,657 gflops
 
3,050 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 880M 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 Express 3.0
 
PCI Express 2.0, PCI Express 3.0
Interface
MXM-B (3.0)
 
MXM-B (3.0)
Supplementary power connectors
None
 
None
SLI options
+
 
+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 880M: 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
3 GB
 
8 GB
Standard memory configuration
no data
 
GDDR5
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
2500 MHz
 
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Memory bandwidth
120 GB/s
 
160.0 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 880M. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
Display Connectors
No outputs
 
No outputs
eDP 1.2 signal support
no data
 
Up to 3840x2160
LVDS signal support
no data
 
Up to 1920x1200
VGA аnalog display support
+
 
Up to 2048x1536
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
+
 
Up to 3840x2160
HDMI
+
 
+
HDCP content protection
-
 
+
G-SYNC support
+
 
-
7.1 channel HD audio on HDMI
-
 
+
TrueHD and DTS-HD audio bitstreaming
-
 
+

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 880M. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Blu-Ray
-
 
+
GameStream
+
 
-
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
+
GPU Boost
+
 
+
GameWorks
+
 
-
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
+
Optimus
+
 
+
BatteryBoost
+
 
+
CUDA
+
 
+
GeForce Experience
+
 
+
FXAA
no data
 
+
TXAA
no data
 
+
Direct Compute
no data
 
+
Ansel
+
 
no data
DSR
+
 
no data

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 880M, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
12 (11_0)
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.5
OpenCL
1.1
 
1.1

Benchmark performance

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

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 970M 33.86 +139.1%
GTX 880M 14.16

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 970M 274626 +2.2%
GTX 880M 268706

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 970M 51247 +28.5%
GTX 880M 39891

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 970M 6565 +19.7%
GTX 880M 5483

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 970M 7463 +22.3%
GTX 880M 6101

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 970M 9878 +15.2%
GTX 880M 8578

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 970M 28845 +2.9%
GTX 880M 28022

Unigine Heaven 3.0

GTX 970M 93 +14.8%
GTX 880M 81

SPECviewperf 12 - Solidworks

GTX 970M 21 +250%
GTX 880M 6

SPECviewperf 12 - Siemens NX

GTX 970M 3 +50%
GTX 880M 2

SPECviewperf 12 - Showcase

GTX 970M 28 +47.4%
GTX 880M 19

SPECviewperf 12 - Medical

GTX 970M 11 +450%
GTX 880M 2

SPECviewperf 12 - Maya

GTX 970M 34 +70%
GTX 880M 20

SPECviewperf 12 - Energy

GTX 970M 11.7
GTX 880M 21 +79.5%

SPECviewperf 12 - Creo

GTX 970M 37
GTX 880M 71 +91.9%

SPECviewperf 12 - Catia

GTX 970M 24 +50%
GTX 880M 16

Passmark

GTX 970M 5528 +79.9%
GTX 880M 3072

Octane Render OctaneBench

GTX 970M 51 +15.9%
GTX 880M 44

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 +0%
 
4541 +0%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 +0%
 
4541 +0%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 970M and GeForce GTX 880M. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
314 Mh/s +227.1%
 
96 Mh/s −227.1%

Gaming performance

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

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M

139.1% faster (about 2.5 times) in synthetic tests
Somewhat newer (7 October 2014 vs 12 March 2014)
Less power hungry (81 vs 122 watts)
DSR
Ansel
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
NVIDIAGameStreamReady
GameWorks

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 880M

Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)
More pipelines (1536 vs 1280)
Higher memory bandwidth (160 vs 120 GB/s)
NVIDIA BatteryBoost
FXAA
TXAA
Direct Compute
Blu-Ray 3D
NVIDIA SLI-Ready
HDCPContentProtection
71ChannelHDAudioOnHDMI
TrueHDAndDTSHDAudioBitstreaming

So, GTX 970M or 880M?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M.
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