Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 3GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970M 3GB run games
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 3GB
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Based on current gaming requirements the GeForce GTX 970M 3GB is considered one of the weakest cards and wont meet modern AAA game specs.

GeForce GTX 970M 3GB is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

Here is a performance review on how capable the GeForce GTX 970M 3GB is at running the more popular games of 2022. Specifically looking at this PC hardware’s ability to get suitable frames per second to play on Ultra game settings and what FPS it might get on 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen res. The GeForce GTX 970M 3GB can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 188 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

The GeForce GTX 970M 3GB graphics card is returning a weak performance on Days Gone at 1080p of 21 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Far Cry 6 which we saw got weak frame rates of 0 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Grand Theft Auto VI, which is predicted to get 0 FPS under tests.

Increasing resolution to 1440p is something a number of PC gamers are doing today. We tested the GeForce GTX 970M 3GB at 1440p with Days Gone, which got a weak set of FPS results. These were, Low: 41 FPS, Medium: 33 FPS, High: 22 FPS and Ultra: 16 FPS. We then checked out Far Cry 6 which had a set of graphics results as followed, L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS. And another popular game was Grand Theft Auto VI with predictions of L: 0FPS, M: 0FPS, H: 0FPS, U: 0FPS at 1440p. Gaming at 1440p with the GeForce GTX 970M 3GB is not a viable PC gaming choice.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 970M 3GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 970M 3GB in your PC? We think this GeForce GTX 970M 3GB has around 6-12 months until an upgrade should be considered.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 970M 3GB? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 20 Series GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 108% better and can meet 805 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
29 FPS
The GeForce GTX 970M 3GB was released on 07 Oct 2014
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 970M 3GB
Maxwell GM204
Texture Rate
83 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
50 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
1038 MHz
Max Power
81 Watts
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
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GeForce GTX 970M 3GB Game Requirement Analysis

GeForce GTX 970M 3GB 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 3GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface. The memory clock operates at 1253MHz. The frame buffer size is adequate and any extra memory wouldn't add any 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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