GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 970M vs 870M among Laptop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.9

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M  based on its gaming and benchmarks.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 970M

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M

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Much better manhattan score 17,094.62 vs 3,717.8 More than 4.5x better manhattan score
Much better PassMark score 4,048 vs 2,297 More than 75% better PassMark score
Much higher diablo III framerate 225 fps vs 75 fps 3x higher diablo III framerate
Significantly more memory 6,144 MB vs 3,072 MB 2x more memory
Better 3DMark06 score 9,904.5 vs 7,156 Around 40% better 3DMark06 score
Better 3DMark vantage graphics score 30,252 vs 23,989 More than 25% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,038 MHz vs 941 MHz More than 10% higher clock speed
Higher pixel rate 49.8 GPixel/s vs 26.35 GPixel/s Around 90% higher pixel rate
Slightly better 3DMark 11 graphics score 26,947 vs 25,112 More than 5% better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Significantly more render output processors 48 vs 24 Twice as many render output processors
Much higher crysis 3 framerate 33.4 fps vs 26.7 fps More than 25% higher crysis 3 framerate
Significantly higher metro: last light framerate 52.3 vs 34.4 More than 50% higher metro: last light framerate
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 71.9 fps vs 52.2 fps Around 40% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Better fire strike factor score 59.95 vs 35.66 Around 70% better fire strike factor score
Better T-Rex score 4.16 frames/s vs 3.04 frames/s More than 35% better T-Rex score
Better PassMark direct compute score 2,799 vs 2,355 Around 20% better PassMark direct compute score
Front view of GeForce GTX 870M

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 870M

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Higher texture rate 105.4 GTexel/s vs 83 GTexel/s More than 25% higher texture rate
More texture mapping units 112 vs 80 32 more texture mapping units

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 970M vs 870M

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970M
313.57 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 870M
81.75 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970M
59.43 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 870M
34.84 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 4

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One other big reason to get the 970m over the 870m is the much lower TDP. The 870m is like having a furnace in your laptop!
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