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


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


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


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

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


Overall Score

AMD Radeon HD 7970M 

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

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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
Much 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
Better floating-point performance 2,176 GFLOPS vs 1,404.2 GFLOPS Around 55% better floating-point performance
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
Significantly wider memory bus 256 bit vs 128 bit 2x wider memory bus
Higher texture rate 68 GTexel/s vs 43.9 GTexel/s Around 55% higher texture rate
Higher pixel rate 27.2 GPixel/s vs 17.55 GPixel/s Around 55% higher pixel rate
Better PassMark direct compute score 1,970 vs 1,479 Around 35% better PassMark direct compute score
Better cloud gate factor score 20.84 vs 17.8 More than 15% better cloud gate factor score
Higher thief framerate 33.5 vs 27.8 More than 20% higher thief framerate
Front view of GeForce GTX 960M

Reasons to consider the
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
Higher clock speed 1,097 MHz vs 850 MHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Much better T-Rex score 3,353.98 vs 3,339.58 Almost the same
Much higher diablo III framerate 121.3 fps vs 94.1 fps Around 30% higher diablo III framerate
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
257.3 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960M
174.57 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970M
51.64 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960M
54.29 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 7970M
GeForce GTX 960M

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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