NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M

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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.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI is a high-end graphics solution for laptops based on two GTX 560M graphics cards in SLI mode.  Each card usually renders a single frame in an alternating manner. Therefore, the dual-GPU setup may suffer from micro stuttering in low fps ranges of 30fps. This happens because of different timespans between two frames (e.g. Irregular delays between sequential frames).

The GeForce GTX560M SLI supports the same features as a single GTX 560M card. As such, it supports DirectX 11 and is produced in 40nm at TSMC. 

GF116 architecture

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.

Performance

In synthetic benchmarks, the performance of the SLI combination is about on a level of a single GeForce GTX 580M. Therefore, all current demanding games (2011) like Crysis 2, Witcher 2, Dirt 3 or even Metro 2033 can be played in 1920x1080 with high to maximum details and Antialiasing.

Features

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

The GTX560M 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). 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. for Blu-Ray Picture-in-Picture).

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

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

The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 560M should be about 75 Watt (TDP including the MXM board and memory), which is about the level of the Mobility Radeon HD 5850 - 5870. Therefore, the SLI setup would consume up to 150W, or approximately twice that of a single GeForce GTX 560M. Without load, the chip is clocked at 50/100 MHz and 200/400 MHz (chip/shader) in 2D and 3D, respectively, to save power. Optimus is currently not supported for SLI combinations.

The similar desktop GeForce GTX 560Ti is based on the GF114 chip and offers more shader cores for significantly higher performance. The GTX 550Ti is also based on the GF116, but features a higher clock speed. Therefore, the general performance level of the GeForce GTX 560M SLI is most similar to the GeForce GTS 450 in SLI mode.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560MNVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 500M Series
GeForce GTX 580M SLI (compare) 768 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 560M SLI 384 @ 775 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 580M (compare) 384 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 570M (compare) 336 @ 575 MHz192 Bit @ 1150 MHz
GeForce GTX 560M 192 @ 775 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 580M SLI (compare) 768 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 560M SLI 384 @ 775 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
GeForce GTX 580M (compare) 384 @ 620 MHz256 Bit @ 1500 MHz
GeForce GTX 570M (compare) 336 @ 575 MHz192 Bit @ 1150 MHz
GeForce GTX 560M 192 @ 775 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
CodenameN12E-GSN12E-GS
ArchitectureFermiFermi
192 - 384 -
Core775 MHz775 MHz
Shader1550 MHz1550 MHz
Memory1250 MHz1250 MHz
Bus192 Bit192 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory1536 MB
nono
DirectXDirectX 11, 5.0DirectX 11, 5.0
Transistors1170 Million
Technology40 nm40 nm
FeaturesCUDA, PhysX, PureVideo HD VP4
Size
Introduced30.05.2011 06.01.2011
Manufacturerhttp://www.geforce.com/Hardware/GPUs/gef...

3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 1924     avg: 2051.6     median: 2031 (6%)     max: 2255 points
min: 3735     avg: 3997.7     median: 4089 (12%)     max: 4169 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 1777     avg: 1842.9     median: 1820 (4%)     max: 2009 points
3616 points (7%)
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI
3DMark 2001SE - Standard 1024x768
41315 Points (43%)
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
min: 37816     avg: 38532.3     median: 38157 (20%)     max: 40369 Points
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
min: 21436     avg: 22648.9     median: 22198 (42%)     max: 24374 Points
3DMark 06 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
+ NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 26     avg: 27.6     median: 27 (11%)     max: 29 fps
SPECviewperf 11
Siemens NX 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
Tcvis 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
SolidWorks 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
Pro/ENGINEER 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
Maya 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
Lightwave 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
Ensight 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
Catia 1920x1080 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
Windows 7 Experience Index - Gaming graphics
7.2 points (103%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
min: 5     avg: 6.9     median: 7 (100%)     max: 7 points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M → 100%

Average Benchmarks NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560M SLI → 184%

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62.1  fps
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GeForce GTX 560M:
58.4  fps
high 1366x768
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GeForce GTX 560M:
18.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
15  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
67.8  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
63  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
60.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
23  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
172.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
99.9  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
61.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
44.2  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
69.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
45.6  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
37.9  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
17.5  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
60  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
59.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
44  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Alan Wake

Alan Wake

2012
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
64.9  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
42.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
16.2  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republic

2011
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
70.2  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
48.5  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
32  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Anno 2070

Anno 2070

2011
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
156.3  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
65.7  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
41.2  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
20.1  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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low 1280x720
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
59  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
55.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
40.8  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
21.3  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
208.6  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
111.3  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
72.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
44.5  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
72 fps 74.5 ~ 73 fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
48.3 fps 49.3 ~ 49 fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
37 fps 37.9 ~ 37 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
15.5 fps 19.2 ~ 17 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
129  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
111  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
51  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
21  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Fifa 12

Fifa 12

2011
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
402.3 fps  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
282.6 fps  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
208.3 fps 218.2 220.1 fps ~ 216 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
140.8 fps 143.7 fps 145.5 ~ 143 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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F1 2011

F1 2011

2011
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
139 fps  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
101 fps  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
76 78 fps 80 fps ~ 78 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
32 fps 32 34 fps ~ 33 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
165.9 176.8 fps ~ 171 fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
71.4 71.7 72.8 fps ~ 72 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
27 27.2 fps 27.4 ~ 27 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Dirt 3

Dirt 3

2011
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
186.6 201.7 ~ 194 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
118.9 124.1 ~ 122 fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
81.4 fps 82.3 85 85 ~ 83 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
22 fps 22.6 23 23.3 ~ 23 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Crysis 2

Crysis 2

2011
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
115.6 fps  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
79.3 fps  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
58.2 fps 59.4 fps 60.9 fps ~ 60 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
19.4 fps 20.1 fps 20.9 fps ~ 20 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
123.4 fps  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
100.1 fps  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
85.4 fps 90 fps ~ 88 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
61.2 fps 64 fps 64.5 fps ~ 63 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Fifa 11

Fifa 11

2010
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
369.9 461.7 628.5 ~ 487 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
281.6 308 320.8 ~ 303 fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
227.7 238.7 241 ~ 236 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
132.8 149 151.4 151.9 194.4 ~ 156 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Mafia 2

Mafia 2

2010
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
108.5  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
83  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
68.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
40.6 41.6 41.7 49 ~ 43 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
234.9 fps  fps
med. 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
86.2 fps  fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
67.9 fps  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
34.7 fps 35 35.2 fps ~ 35 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
96.6 fps 136 ~ 116 fps
med. 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
58.2 fps 85.2 ~ 72 fps
high 1600x900
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
28.2 fps 30.6 35.3 ~ 31 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
10.9 11 fps 14.2 ~ 12 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
118.1 fps  fps
med. 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
90.7 fps  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
66 67.5 fps 69.8 ~ 68 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
32 34.3 fps 34.4 35 ~ 34 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
194.9  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
95.4  fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
78.3  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
51.2 51.8 ~ 52 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Risen

Risen

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
118.6 122.6 ~ 121 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
65.6 75.8 ~ 71 fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
45.5 50.1 ~ 48 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
30.3 31 33.4 34.4 ~ 32 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Resident Evil 5

Resident Evil 5

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
143.5 147.7 ~ 146 fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
102.4  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
56.6 57.4 57.9 ~ 57 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Need for Speed Shift

Need for Speed Shift

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
80.1  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
68.9 107.7 ~ 88 fps
high 1366x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
47.4 81.2 ~ 64 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
49 49.2 ~ 49 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Colin McRae: DIRT 2

Colin McRae: DIRT 2

2009
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
71.6 135.1 ~ 103 fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
65.3 105.1 ~ 85 fps
high 1360x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
57.9 68 ~ 63 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
38.5 47 48.2 ~ 45 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Anno 1404

Anno 1404

2009
ultra 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
52  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Sims 3

Sims 3

2009
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
78  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Racedriver: GRID

Racedriver: GRID

2008
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
137.1  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
109.2  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
98.6  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4 - Modern Warfare

2007
low 800x600
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
235.6  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
157.7  fps
high 1280x1024
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
127.8  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Supreme Commander - FA Bench

Supreme Commander - FA Bench

2007
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
43.3  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Crysis - GPU Benchmark

Crysis - GPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
127  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
89.5  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
62.2 64.5 ~ 63 fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
14.8 14.9 ~ 15 fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Crysis - CPU Benchmark

Crysis - CPU Benchmark

2007
low 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
144.3  fps
med. 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
94  fps
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
60.1  fps
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
14.1  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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World in Conflict - Benchmark

World in Conflict - Benchmark

2007
ultra 1920x1080
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
32  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Call of Juarez Benchmark

Call of Juarez Benchmark

2006
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
70.7  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

Half Life 2 - Lost Coast Benchmark

2005
high 1024x768
100%
GeForce GTX 560M:
228.5  fps
GeForce GTX 560M:
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