GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 8970M 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

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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 8970M 

GPUBoss recommends the AMD Radeon HD 8970M  based on its benchmarks and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 8970M

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon HD 8970M

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Much better 3DMark06 score 18,211.5 vs 5,277 Around 3.5x better 3DMark06 score
Much better PassMark score 3,889 vs 2,043 More than 90% better PassMark score
More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Higher memory bandwidth 153.6 GB/s vs 80.2 GB/s More than 90% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 2,304 GFLOPS vs 1,404.2 GFLOPS Around 65% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 72 GTexel/s vs 43.9 GTexel/s Around 65% higher texture rate
Higher pixel rate 28.8 GPixel/s vs 17.55 GPixel/s Around 65% higher pixel 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
Significantly wider memory bus 256 bit vs 128 bit 2x wider memory bus
Better PassMark direct compute score 1,901 vs 1,479 Around 30% better PassMark direct compute score
Higher crysis 3 framerate 22 fps vs 20.75 fps More than 5% higher crysis 3 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 6,818 Around 3.5x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,097 MHz vs 850 MHz Around 30% higher clock speed
Significantly better manhattan score 3,713.7 vs 2,321.43 Around 60% better manhattan score
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 1,176 MHz vs 900 MHz More than 30% higher turbo clock speed
Higher diablo III framerate 121.3 fps vs 115.8 fps Around 5% higher diablo III framerate
Higher metro: last light framerate 31.05 vs 27.5 Around 15% higher metro: last light framerate
Slightly higher BioShock infinite framerate 45.3 fps vs 40.55 fps More than 10% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Lower TDP 75W vs 100W 25% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon HD 8970M vs GeForce GTX 960M

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8970M
268.64 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 960M
174.57 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8970M
57.24 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 960M
54.29 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Radeon HD 8970M
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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