NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
GTX 960M GTX 970M Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Price $ 1,066.0 $ 1,249.0 183 (17%)
Year 2015 2014 1 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 64C 11 (15%)
Max Fan Noise 40dB 47.5dB 7.5 (19%)
Recommended Power Supply 75W 95W 20 (27%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz ($306.99) *closest mobile equivalent* Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99) *closest mobile equivalent*
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 27.7 FPS 43.9 FPS 16.2 (58%)
Average 1440p Performance 19.9 FPS 31.1 FPS 11.2 (56%)
Average 4K Performance 11.4 FPS 19.0 FPS 7.6 (67%)
Memory 4 GB 3 GB 1 (25%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 38.5 $ 28.5 10 (26%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 53.6 $ 40.2 13.4 (25%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 93.5 $ 65.7 27.8 (30%)
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Our Verdict: The GTX 970M is faster by 56% for 1440p gaming. The price/performance ratio is much better for GTX 970M .

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
22
25.2
38
42.4
2019 Anthem
14
16.2
24
27.3
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
21
23.8
36
40.1
2019 Resident Evil 2
28
32.0
43
48.6
2019 Metro Exodus
12
14.2
19
21.6
2019 World War Z
23
26.2
37
41.5
2019 Gears of War 5
18
20.7
29
32.7
2019 F1 2019
23
26.0
36
41.0
2019 GreedFall
21
23.4
33
36.9
2019 Borderlands 3
14
16.4
23
25.9
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
28
31.6
44
49.9
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
10
12.2
17
19.2
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
17
19.1
27
30.2
2018 Forza Horizon 4
23
26.6
38
43.1
2018 Fallout 76
27
30.8
37
41.4
2018 Hitman 2
21
23.8
29
32.3
2018 Just Cause 4
18
20.6
28
31.2
2018 Monster Hunter: World
19
22.1
30
33.7
2018 Strange Brigade
29
33.3
47
52.6
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
19
21.7
29
32.3
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
24
27.0
39
43.4
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
25
28.5
38
43.3
2017 For Honor
34
37.9
51
57.7
2017 Project CARS 2
24
26.9
36
40.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
29
32.6
44
49.5
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
15
16.9
23
26.6
2016 Hitman
20
22.9
36
40.3
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
28
32.1
42
47.5
2016 The Division
21
24.2
31
35.2
2016 Overwatch
37
41.6
60
67.4
2016 Dishonored 2
17
19.6
26
29.9
2015 DiRT Rally
39
43.5
57
63.6
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
22
25.1
34
38.2
2015 The Witcher 3
20
23.0
31
35.2
2015 Total War: Attila
18
20.9
29
32.3
2015 Rocket League
99
110.7
151
168.2
2015 Need For Speed
27
30.7
41
46.6
2015 Project CARS
26
29.4
40
44.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
48
53.8
74
82.6
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
30
34.2
45
51.1
2014 GRID Autosport
44
49.4
67
75.3
2014 Shadow of Mordor
27
30.2
50
56.3
2014 The Talos Principle
34
38.6
53
58.9
2013 Crysis 3
24
27.4
37
41.8
2013 Battlefield 4
32
35.6
48
54.3
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
68
75.9
103
115.3
2009 League of Legends
128
142.4
194
216.3

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
15
18.8
25
31.6
2019 Anthem
10
12.9
17
21.7
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
14
18.5
24
31.1
2019 Resident Evil 2
17
21.5
26
32.7
2019 Metro Exodus
8
11.1
13
16.8
2019 World War Z
15
19.2
24
30.3
2019 Gears of War 5
12
15.0
18
23.7
2019 F1 2019
14
18.4
23
29.0
2019 GreedFall
13
16.9
21
26.7
2019 Borderlands 3
9
11.5
14
18.2
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
18
22.8
28
35.9
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
8
10.0
12
15.7
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
12
15.0
18
23.7
2018 Forza Horizon 4
17
22.4
29
36.4
2018 Hitman 2
12
15.4
16
20.9
2018 Just Cause 4
12
15.2
18
23.1
2018 Monster Hunter: World
12
15.5
18
23.5
2018 Strange Brigade
18
23.2
29
36.7
2018 Battlefield V
18
23.1
25
32.3
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
12
16.1
19
24.9
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
14
17.6
22
28.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
16
20.6
24
31.2
2017 For Honor
17
22.1
26
33.7
2017 Project CARS 2
15
19.0
23
28.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
23
29.4
35
44.7
2016 Overwatch
23
28.9
36
46.2
2016 Dishonored 2
13
16.8
20
25.4
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
12
15.2
20
25.7
2015 Total War: Attila
9
12.4
16
21.1
2015 Rocket League
38
47.5
57
72.1
2015 Need For Speed
18
23.7
28
36.0
2015 Project CARS
18
22.5
27
34.1
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
27
34.8
42
53.4
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
18
22.6
27
34.2
2014 GRID Autosport
29
37.1
44
56.1
2014 Shadow of Mordor
13
17.1
26
33.5
2014 The Talos Principle
21
27.0
33
41.5
2013 Crysis 3
19
24.7
20
25.6
2013 Battlefield 4
17
22.0
27
34.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
50
63.3
76
96.2
2009 League of Legends
63
79.1
96
120.2

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
7
11.2
13
18.8
2019 Anthem
4
7.0
8
11.8
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
6
9.8
11
16.5
2019 Resident Evil 2
7
10.6
11
16.1
2019 Metro Exodus
4
6.9
7
10.5
2019 World War Z
7
11.1
12
17.4
2019 Gears of War 5
6
9.5
10
15.0
2019 F1 2019
8
11.7
12
18.5
2019 GreedFall
4
7.0
7
11.0
2019 Borderlands 3
4
6.0
6
9.5
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
9
13.6
15
21.5
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
4
6.3
7
10.0
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
6
9.5
10
15.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
10
14.7
16
24.2
2018 Hitman 2
6
9.1
8
12.1
2018 Just Cause 4
5
7.9
8
12.0
2018 Monster Hunter: World
5
7.4
7
11.3
2018 Strange Brigade
8
12.6
14
20.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
6
9.1
9
14.1
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
6
9.3
10
15.1
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
9
14.2
15
21.6
2017 For Honor
7
11.1
11
16.8
2017 Project CARS 2
11
15.8
16
24.0
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
17
24.7
26
37.5
2016 Overwatch
10
14.7
16
24.0
2016 Dishonored 2
9
13.3
14
20.2
2015 Rocket League
15
22.1
23
33.7
2015 Need For Speed
11
15.8
16
24.0
2015 Project CARS
11
15.8
16
24.0
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
11
16.2
17
24.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
39
57.0
60
86.5
2009 League of Legends
22
31.6
33
48.1
GTX 960M vs GTX 970M with i7-4790K vs i7-4770K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 960M vs GTX 970M with i7-4790K vs i7-4770K at 1440p and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 960M vs GTX 970M with i7-4790K vs i7-4770K at 4K and ultra vs ultra settings

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M / i7-4790K

In terms of cost, pricing clearly is a genuine issue here and the price of GTX 960M is simply ridiculous. With current 4096 MB RAM, the GTX 960M can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M / i7-4770K

In terms of cost, pricing clearly is a genuine issue here and the price of GTX 970M is simply ridiculous. With regards to max load temperature, the GTX 970M 's cooling is excellent at keeping it cool and under control. This combination between GTX 970M and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between GTX 970M and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 3072 MB RAM, the GTX 970M can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

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GTX 960M vs GTX 970M Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 960M GTX 970M
Board NumberE2704 SKU 10P2754 SKU 2 / 5
OutputsNo outputsNo outputs
Slot WidthMXM ModuleMXM Module
TDP75 Wunknown

Clock Speeds

GTX 960M GTX 970M
Boost Clock1176 MHz1038 MHz
GPU Clock1097 MHz924 MHz
Memory Clock1253 MHz 5012 MHz effective1253 MHz 5012 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 960M GTX 970M
Bus InterfaceMXM-B (3.0)MXM-B (3.0)
GenerationGeForce 900MGeForce 900M
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateMar 13th, 2015Oct 7th, 2014

Graphics Features

GTX 960M GTX 970M
CUDA5.05.2
DirectX12.0 (11_0)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL1.21.2
OpenGL4.64.6
Shader Model5.16.4
Vulkan1.1.1031.1.103

Graphics Processor

GTX 960M GTX 970M
ArchitectureMaxwellMaxwell 2.0
Die Size148 mm²398 mm²
FoundryTSMCTSMC
GPU NameGM107GM204
GPU VariantN16P-GX-A1N16E-GT-A2
Process Size28 nm28 nm
Transistors1,870 million5,200 million

Memory

GTX 960M GTX 970M
Bandwidth80.19 GB/s120.3 GB/s
Memory Bus128 bit192 bit
Memory Size4 GB6 GB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 960M GTX 970M
L1 Cache64 KB (per SMM)48 KB (per SMM)
L2 Cache2 MB1536 KB
ROPs1648
SMM Count510
Shading Units6401280
TMUs4080

Theoretical Performance

GTX 960M GTX 970M
FP32 (float) performance1.505 TFLOPS2.657 TFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance47.04 GFLOPS (1:32)83.04 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate18.82 GPixel/s49.82 GPixel/s
Texture Rate47.04 GTexel/s83.04 GTexel/s

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