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.

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 (compare) 336 @ 575 MHz192 Bit @ 1150 MHz
GeForce GTX 560M 192 @ 775 MHz192 Bit @ 1250 MHz
Pipelines192 - unified
Core Speed775 MHz
Shader Speed1550 MHz
Memory Speed1250 MHz
Memory Bus Width192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory1536 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 11, Shader 5.0
Transistor Count1170 Million
technology40 nm
FeaturesCUDA, PhysX, PureVideo HD VP4
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement30.05.2011


3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 1924     avg: 2051.6     median: 2031 (6%)     max: 2255 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 1777     avg: 1842.9     median: 1820 (4%)     max: 2009 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
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 +
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 26     avg: 27.6     median: 27 (12%)     max: 29 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
7.2 points (103%)
Windows 7 Experience Index - Graphics
min: 5     avg: 6.9     median: 7 (100%)     max: 7 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 detailed information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

low 1024x768
62.1  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
58.4  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
18.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
15  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
low 1024x768
67.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
63  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
60.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
23  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1024x768
172.3  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
99.9  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
61.3  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
44.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
low 1024x768
69.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
45.6  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
37.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
17.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
low 1280x720
60  fps    + Compare
high 1366x768
59.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
44  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Alan Wake

Alan Wake

low 1024x768
64.9  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
42.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
16.2  fps    + Compare