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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 6GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB run games
14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

This graphics card offers upper mid level gaming performance. The GeForce GTX 970M 6GB GPU could struggle if it was to try and run the most demanding games available today, but it meets a lot of game system requirements found in today’s games. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2019. In particular we focus on how well the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. In terms of performance against the most demanding games today this graphics card can play 292 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB can run Call of Duty: Modern Warfare at 1080p and saw it return weak frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 40 FPS, Medium: 31 FPS, High: 21 FPS and Ultra: 15 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Red Dead Redemption 2 returns a weak 21 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare where it was weak. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 30 FPS, Medium: 24 FPS, High: 16 FPS and Ultra: 11 FPS. We added Red Dead Redemption 2 to our tests and saw it was weak with a 16 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then tested Borderlands 3 which got 16 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a GeForce GTX 970M 6GB is not going to be able to keep stable frame rates at all times at Ultra 1440p on modern games.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB? A great upgrade graphics card would be a 20 Series GeForce RTX 2070 Mobile, which has 134% better performance and can run 982 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB then a good choice would be RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5500M 8GB as this is better than 605 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 45% better performance as well.
FPS System Benchmark
29 FPS
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The GeForce GTX 970M 6GB is released on 07 Oct 2014

GeForce GTX 970M 6GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204
Process
28nm
TMUs
80
Texture Rate
79 GTexel/s
ROPs
48
Pixel Rate
48 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
1280
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
Driver Support
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Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
6144 MB
Memory Speed
1253 MHz
Memory Bus
192 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
120.3GB/sec
L2 Cache
2048KB
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
924 MHz
Boost Clock
993 MHz
Power
Max Power
81 Watts
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
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GeForce GTX 970M 6GB Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 970M 6GB is a high-end Mobile Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture.


Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds the VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) Technology which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA Technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.


GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM204 which has 10 SM activated and thus offers 1280 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 48 ROPs. The central unit runs at 924MHz and goes up to 993MHz, in Turbo Mode.


Memory
The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface. The memory clock operates at 1253MHz. The size of the frame buffer is exaggerated and in no way adds extra performance.


Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.


Temperature
The Card is known to run cool. However, ultimately, it all depends on the notebook's cooling system.


Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 81W, it will only be equipped in large notebooks.


Performance
Benchmarks indicate its performance is over 10% faster than GeForce GTX 880M. Therefore, it should even surpass GeForce GTX 760 and be around as fast as desktop GeForce GTX 670.
GeForce GTX 970M is therefore the second fastest mobile Graphics Card as of October 2014 and AMD's Radeon R9 M290X is beaten in over 20%.


System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Mobile Quad Core) and 8GB of RAM for a notebook with GeForce GTX 970M 6GB.


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GeForce GTX 970M 6GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
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Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 14% 51%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 72% 107%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18% 51%
Halo: Reach 79% 52%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 7% 107%
Cyberpunk 2077 7% 107%
Borderlands 3 3% 59%
FIFA 20 42% 20%
Death Stranding 7% 107%
Need For Speed Heat 15% 51%
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i'm about to change my laptop for a Sager with i7 4710MQ and gtx 970m 6GB.differences between 6gb and 3gb??

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Update: Specifications and Rank Updated! This Graphics Card is now correctly ranked!

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Waiting for Gigabyte to make the P25W v3 with this card and a 5th gen intel i7 processor.

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amen brother.

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Acutally, the new acer aspire vn7 or lenovo y70-70 looks way better. now waiting for one of them to get the 960M or 970M at a good price.

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i love my lenovo, but i will never go lenovo again. Too locked down and fan placement is abismal. I am currently rocking the sli y510p. Touchpad on this model is rediculous and the keyboard feels cheap. but i guess i shouldn't complain since i was able to get this laptop for around 730 USD.


I would definetly try the gigabyte because i am partial to 15.6 inch screens because i travel a lot for work and like to have a gaming lappy with me to play on the plane or in my hotel room.

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I wanted 15.6 inch, but I need 17.3 inch (and that means the gpu must be a bit worser, eg 960 instead if 970, because 17.3" is more expensive)

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