The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570M is a high-end laptop graphics card introduced in June 2011. It is based on the GF114 core, which is related to the Fermi architecture. Therefore, it supports DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0. The faster GeForce GTX 580M, in comparison, is based on the same chip, but with all shaders enabled.

GF114 architecture

The GF114 core is a power optimized version of the GF104 (used in the GTX 470M) but with no architectural changes. Therefore, the performance per MHz stays the same, but Nvidia was able to clock the shaders higher while still remaining in the same power envelope. The GTX 570M offers 336 cores of the 384 in the GF114. More informations on the similar GF104 architecture can be found on the GeForce GTX 485M page.


Due to the higher clock speeds and the larger shader count, the GeForce GTX 570M is clearly faster than the old GeForce GTX 470M. Since the GPU is a high-end card, the performance is similar to the AMD Radeon HD 6970M. Compared to the other GTX 500M cards, the GTX 570M is positioned nearer to the GTX 560M (-15%) than the GTX 580M (+35%) in our gaming tests. Current games as of 2011 should therefore run fluently in Full HD resolution and high details. Only some very demanding games, such as Metro 2033 or Crysis 2, may need reduced graphical settings for smoother gameplay.


Similar to the older GF104 chip, the GF114 supports Bitstream HD Audio (Blu-Ray) output via HDMI. This means it can transfer, for example, Dolby True HD or DTS-HD bitstream-wise without quality loss to a HiFi receiver.

The GTX 570M offers the 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). 

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 570M can be used for general calculations. For example, the stream processor can encode videos considerably faster than can many modern CPUs. Furthermore, physics calculations can be done by the GPU using PhysX if supported (e.g., in Mafia 2 or Metro 2033).

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 570M is in the same ballpark as the old GTX 470M, which is rumored to be about 75 Watt (TDP including the MXM board and memory). Without load, the chip is clocked at 50/100 MHz (chip/shader) and 200/400 MHz in 2D 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. Whether or not a laptop includes this feature is dependent on the manufacturer.

The similarly named desktop GeForce GTX 570 is based on the GF110 chip and offers 480 shader cores and faster clock speeds. As a result, it is significantly faster than the GeForce GTX 570M. Instead, the 570M is more comparable to the desktop GTX 550Ti / 560 in terms of performance.

GeForce GTX 500M Series
GeForce GTX 580M SLI (compare) 768 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 560M SLI (compare) 384 @ 775 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 580M (compare) 384 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 570M 336 @ 575 MHz192 Bit @ 1150 MHz
GeForce GTX 560M (compare) 192 @ 775 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
Pipelines336 - unified
Core Speed575 MHz
Shader Speed1070 MHz
Memory Speed1150 MHz
Memory Bus Width192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory3 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Transistor Count1950 Million
technology40 nm
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement28.06.2011


3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 2351     avg: 2536     median: 2640 (9%)     max: 2667 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 2141     avg: 2300.4     median: 2399 (5%)     max: 2409 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 42034     avg: 43735.3     median: 44144 (24%)     max: 45028 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 22746     avg: 24808.5     median: 24808.5 (53%)     max: 26871 Points
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 32.4     avg: 33.6     median: 33.6 (15%)     max: 34.7 fps
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 +
Tcvis 1920x1080 +
SolidWorks 1920x1080 +
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 +
Maya 1920x1080 +
Lightwave 1920x1080 +
Ensight 1920x1080 +
Catia 1920x1080 +
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
7.3 points (92%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
min: 7.3     avg: 7.4     median: 7.3 (92%)     max: 7.6 points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

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.

Anno 2070

Anno 2070

low 1024x768
181.1 fps  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
75.5 fps  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
48.5 fps  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
23.7 fps  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1280x720
63 69.6 fps ~ 66 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
58 66.1 fps ~ 62 fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
47 47.5 fps ~ 47 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
25.5 fps 26 ~ 26 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
79.5 fps 80 ~ 80 fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
51 54.4 fps ~ 53 fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
41 41.5 fps ~ 41 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
18 18.2 fps ~ 18 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Fifa 12

Fifa 12

low 800x600
367.2 393 ~ 380 fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
287.4 297.2 ~ 292 fps    + Compare
high 1360x768
200.6 235.3 242.3 ~ 226 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
148.2 153.8 159.1 ~ 154 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
F1 2011

F1 2011

low 800x600
135 140 ~ 138 fps    + Compare
med. 1024x768
96 102 ~ 99 fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
79 85 87 ~ 84 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
36 40 41 ~ 39 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
178.7  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
83.9 99.5 ~ 92 fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
32.4 37 ~ 35 fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Dirt 3

Dirt 3

low 800x600
199.3 fps 208 ~ 204 fps    + Compare