GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 7970M vs 960M among Laptop GPUs over 35W TDP

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Sky Diver Factor and Fire Strike Factor

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

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

7.2

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon HD 7970M 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 7970M  based on its benchmarks and compute performance.

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AMD Radeon HD 7970M

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Front view of Radeon HD 7970M

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 7970M

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 7970M

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Much better 3DMark06 score 22,370.5 vs 5,277 Around 4.2x better 3DMark06 score
Better PassMark score 3,781 vs 2,043 More than 85% better PassMark score
Higher memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s vs 80.2 GB/s More than 90% higher memory bandwidth
Significantly better T-Rex score 3,339.58 vs 1,927.99 Around 75% better T-Rex score
Better floating-point performance 2,176 GFLOPS vs 1,404.2 GFLOPS Around 55% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 68 GTexel/s vs 43.9 GTexel/s Around 55% higher texture rate
More shading units 1,280 vs 640 Twice as many shading units
More texture mapping units 80 vs 40 Twice as many texture mapping units
More render output processors 32 vs 16 Twice as many render output processors
Higher pixel rate 27.2 GPixel/s vs 17.55 GPixel/s Around 55% higher pixel rate
Significantly wider memory bus 256 bit vs 128 bit 2x wider memory bus
Better fire strike factor score 46.48 vs 32.14 Around 45% better fire strike factor score
Slightly better PassMark direct compute score 1,970 vs 1,479 Around 35% better PassMark direct compute score
Slightly higher thief framerate 33.5 vs 27.8 More than 20% higher thief framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 960M

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M

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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 23,777.5 vs 5,645 Around 4.2x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Significantly higher clock speed 1,097 MHz vs 850 MHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Much higher dead space 3 framerate 92.8 fps vs 92.3 fps Almost the same
Much higher diablo III framerate 121.3 fps vs 94.1 fps Around 30% higher diablo III framerate
Better particle simulation score 580.96 mInteraction/s vs 306.43 mInteraction/s Around 90% better particle simulation score
Lower TDP 75W vs 100W 25% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 7970M vs GeForce GTX 960M

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970M
255.93 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960M
174.89 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970M
51.18 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960M
53.96 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970M
3,339.58
GeForce GTX 960M
1,927.99

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970M
2,350.05
GeForce GTX 960M
2,851.98

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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