Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 6GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB run games
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 6GB
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Based on current gaming requirements the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB is considered one of the weakest cards and wont meet modern AAA game specs.

This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

How well will the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB run 2022 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. This graphics hardware can run 188 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB is running Back 4 Blood and delivering playable performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 30 frames per second. Comparing this to Days Gone which is getting weak results, where it averages 21 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Forza Horizon 5, which is running at 0 frames per second.

One of the growing popular screen resolutions for PC gaming is the wider 1440p. So we wanted to see how well the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB performed at 1440p by taking a look at some of the current popular games. First we looked at Back 4 Blood and saw it deliver weak frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 59 FPS, Medium: 47 FPS, High: 32 FPS and Ultra: 23 FPS. We then checked the performance on Days Gone to see if that runs well. It was weak with a 16 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a GeForce GTX 970M 6GB is not powerful enough to deal with the increased resolution.

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? We think this GeForce GTX 970M 6GB has around 6-12 months until an upgrade should be considered.

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 Super Max-Q, which has 108% better performance and can run 805 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
29 FPS
The GeForce GTX 970M 6GB was released on 07 Oct 2014
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 970M 6GB
Maxwell GM204
Texture Rate
79 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
48 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
(CUDA Cores)
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Direct X
DX 12
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
4096 x 2160
Notebook GPU
Memory Speed
Memory Bus
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
924 MHz
Boost Clock
993 MHz
Max Power
81 Watts
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
GD Official

GeForce GTX 970M 6GB Game Requirement Analysis

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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