NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M is a high-end laptop graphics card that was announced at Computex 2011. It is based on the new GF116 core as part of the Fermi architecture. Therefore, it supports DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0. Compared to its predecessor, the GeForce GTX 460M, the 560M offers higher clock speeds without a large increase in power demand.

The GF116 core is essentially an optimized GF106 core with the same features. The chip offers 192 shaders and a 192 Bit memory bus for GDDR5. More details on the GF106 architecture can be found in the GeForce GTX 460M article.

The performance of the GeForce GTX 560M is compareable to the older GeForce GTX 480M. In our tests (see benchmarks below), the GTX 560M was on average 13% faster than the old GTX 460M. As a result, only very demanding games (e.g., Crysis 1, Crysis 2, Dirt 3 and Metro 2033) are not fluently playable at highest settings and Full HD resolution with Anti Aliasing. Most other current and older games can be played with maxed out settings as of 2011. See at the end of this page for detailled gaming benchmarks of many current games.

As the GeForce GTX 460M, the 560M supports Bitstream HD Audio (Blu-Ray) output via HDMI. Similar to the Radeon HD 5850, the GTX 460M can transfer Dolby True HD and DTS-HD bitstream-wise without quality loss to a HiFi receiver.

The GTX560M offers PureVideo HD technology for video decoding. The included Video Processor 4 (VP4) supports feature set C and therefore the GPU is able to fully decode MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 Part 2 (MPEG-4 ASP - e.g., DivX or Xvid), VC-1/WMV9, and H.264 (VLD, IDCT, Motion Compensation, and Deblocking). The X500 tester was able to decode the VC-1 encoded Elephants Dream video with about 3-6% CPU load (according to the task manager). The H.264 coded Big Buck Bunny video was played back with 1-3% CPU load (both 1080p videos).

Furthermore, the GPU is able to decode two 1080p streams simultaneously (e.g., Blu-Ray Picture-in-Picture).

Through CUDA, OpenCL and DirectCompute 2.1 support, the GeForce GTX 560M can be of use in general calculations. For example, the stream processor can encode videos considerably faster than can many modern CPUs. 

3D Vision enables the laptop to send 3D content (3D games, 3D Web Streaming, 3D photos, 3D Blu-Rays) to a built-in 3D-enabled screen or an external 3D TV if supported by the laptop manufacturer. 

The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 560M should be about 75 Watt (TDP including the MXM board and memory), which is about the same level of the Mobility Radeon HD 5850 - 5870. If not under load, the chip is clocked at 50/100 MHz (chip/shader) and 200/400 MHz in 2D mode and 3D mode, respectively, to save power. Furthermore, the 500M series supports Optimus to automatically switch between the integrated graphics card from Intel and the Nvidia GPU. However, whether this feature is included or not is dependent on the notebook manufacturer.

The similarly named desktop GeForce GTX 560Ti is based on the GF114 chip and offers more shader cores and significantly higher performance than the GTX 560M. The GTX 550Ti is based on the GF116 and is closer to the 560M in terms of performance, but it still features relatively higher clock speeds. Therefore, the performance of the 560M is more on par with the older desktop GeForce GTS 450.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTX 500M Series

GeForce GTX 580M SLI

768 @ 620MHz256 Bit @ 1500MHz

GeForce GTX 560M SLI

384 @ 775MHz192 Bit @ 1250MHz

GeForce GTX 580M

384 @ 620MHz256 Bit @ 1500MHz

GeForce GTX 570M

336 @ 575MHz192 Bit @ 1150MHz
GeForce GTX 560M 192 @ 775MHz192 Bit @ 1250MHz
CodenameN12E-GS
ArchitectureFermi
Pipelines192 - unified
Core Speed *775 MHz
Shader Speed *1550 MHz
Memory Speed *1250 MHz
Memory Bus Width192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory1536 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Transistors1170 Million
technology40 nm
FeaturesCUDA, PhysX, PureVideo HD VP4
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement30.05.2011
* The specified clock rates are only guidelines for the manufacturer and can be altered by them.

Benchmarks

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1924      avg: 2051.5 (16%)     median: 2031 (16%)     max: 2255 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
0% 100%
min: 1777      avg: 1842.9 (12%)     median: 1820 (12%)     max: 2009 points
3DMark Vantage - P Result no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 8223      avg: 9230.5 (25%)     median: 9300 (25%)     max: 10013 Points
3DMark Vantage - P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 7802      avg: 7998.6 (18%)     median: 8003.5 (18%)     max: 8096 Points
3DMark 06
0% 100%
min: 13838      avg: 15262.2 (52%)     median: 15348 (52%)     max: 16591 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 21436      avg: 22648.9 (61%)     median: 22198 (60%)     max: 24374 Points
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 37816      avg: 38532.3 (26%)     median: 38157 (25%)     max: 40369 Points
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 41315      avg: 41315 (68%)     median: 41315 (68%)     max: 41315 Points
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
0% 100%
min: 26.9      avg: 27.6 (17%)     median: 27.5 (17%)     max: 29.3 fps
PCMark Vantage - Gaming Score 1024x768
0% 100%
min: 7041      avg: 10484.6 (40%)     median: 9185 (35%)     max: 16180 Points
SPECviewperf 11 - Catia 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 4.86      avg: 5 (7%)     median: 4.9 (7%)     max: 5.29 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Ensight 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 19      avg: 19.2 (32%)     median: 19.4 (32%)     max: 19.38 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Lightwave 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 8.96      avg: 9.3 (12%)     median: 9.2 (11%)     max: 9.71 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Maya 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 6.47      avg: 7.3 (6%)     median: 7.2 (6%)     max: 8.17 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 1.05      avg: 1.1 (6%)     median: 1.1 (6%)     max: 1.06 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - SolidWorks 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 5.9      avg: 6 (9%)     median: 6 (9%)     max: 6.03 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Tcvis 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 0.81      avg: 0.8 (1%)     median: 0.8 (1%)     max: 0.82 fps
SPECviewperf 11 - Siemens NX 1920x1080
0% 100%
min: 2.32      avg: 2.3 (4%)     median: 2.3 (4%)     max: 2.34 fps
Cinebench R11.5 - OpenGL 64Bit
0% 100%
min: 37.6      avg: 40.8 (37%)     median: 40 (36%)     max: 45.18 Points
Cinebench R10 - Shading 32Bit
0% 100%
min: 4971      avg: 5456.5 (47%)     median: 5407 (46%)     max: 6028 Points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
0% 100%
min: 5.7      avg: 6.9 (88%)     median: 7.2 (91%)     max: 7.2 points
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
0% 100%
min: 7.1      avg: 7.2 (91%)     median: 7.2 (91%)     max: 7.2 points
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Max Payne 3
Max Payne 3 (2012)
low:
62.1  fps      Compare
med.:
58.4  fps      Compare
high:
18.8  fps      Compare
ultra:
15  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Dirt Showdown
low:
67.8  fps      Compare
med.:
63  fps      Compare
high:
60.5  fps      Compare
ultra:
23  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Diablo III
Diablo III (2012)
low:
172.3  fps      Compare
med.:
99.9  fps      Compare
high:
61.3  fps      Compare
ultra:
44.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Risen 2: Dark Waters
low:
69.9  fps      Compare
med.:
45.6  fps      Compare
high:
37.9  fps      Compare
ultra:
17.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Mass Effect 3
low:
60  fps      Compare
high:
59.8  fps      Compare
ultra:
44  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Alan Wake
Alan Wake (2012)
low:
64.9  fps      Compare
med.:
42.2  fps      Compare
ultra:
16.2  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Star Wars: The Old Republic
Star Wars: The Old Republic (2011)
low:
70.2  fps      Compare
high:
48.5  fps      Compare
ultra:
32  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Anno 2070
Anno 2070 (2011)
low:
156.3  fps      Compare
med.:
65.7  fps      Compare
high:
41.2  fps      Compare
ultra:
20.1  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
low:
59  fps      Compare
med.:
55.4  fps      Compare
high:
40.8  fps      Compare
ultra:
21.3  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
CoD: Modern Warfare 3
low:
208.6  fps      Compare
med.:
111.3  fps      Compare
high:
72.1  fps      Compare
ultra:
44.5  fps      Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Battlefield 3
low:
72 74.5 ~ 73 fps      Compare
med.:
48.3 49.3 ~ 49 fps      Compare