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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 870M is a high-end DirectX 12-compatible graphics card for laptops unveiled in March 2014. Similar to the GTX 880M, it is based on the 28 nm GK104 chip (Kepler architecture), but features less shader cores (1344 instead of 1536) as well as smaller and slower memory (6 GB GDDR5).

Architecture

The Kepler architecture is the successor to the Fermi architecture that first appeared in laptops with the GeForce 400M series. The GK104 Kepler core offers eight shader blocks, called SMX, that are clocked at the same speed as the central core. In the GTX 870M, only seven blocks are active for a total of 1344 CUDA cores and 112 TMUs. The chip can access up to 6 GB of GDDR5 memory (1250 MHz, 5000 MHz effective) connected via a 192-bit interface.

Performance

Compared to the old GeForce GTX 770M, the GTX 870M offers significantly more performance thanks to its higher clock rate and the additional shaders. Therefore, the 870M is just slightly slower than the GTX 680MX and the Radeon R9 M290X. The GPU has enough power to run demanding games of 2013/2014 (e.g. Battlefield 4 or Thief) fluently in FullHD resolution and very high detail settings.

Features

The feature set includes support for up to 4 active displays. Furthermore, high resolution monitors of up to 3840x2160 pixels can be connected using DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 1.4a (if available). HD-Audio codecs, such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD, can be transmitted via bitstream mode through the HDMI port. However, as most laptops will feature Optimus, the integrated GPU will likely have direct control over the display ports and may limit the feature set available by the Nvidia Kepler cards.

The 5th generation PureVideo HD video processor (VP5) is also integrated in the GK104 core and offers hardware decoding of HD videos. Common codecs such as MPEG-1/2, MPEG-4 ASP, H.264 and VC1/WMV9 are fully supported up to 4K resolutions while VC1 and MPEG-4 are supported up to 1080p. Two streams can be decoded in parallel for features such as Picture-in-Picture. Another novelty is the inclusion of a dedicated video encoding engine similar to Intel QuickSync that can be accessed by the NVENC API.

New features of the GTX 800M series include Battery Boost (longer battery life while playing games), Shadowplay (recording of in-game videos) and Game Stream (stream PC games on the Nvidia Shield console).

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 870M should be similar to the the GTX 780M, leading to a TDP of at least 100 W. Therefore, only large desktop replacements can handle the power demands of a GTX 870M.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTX 800M Series
GeForce GTX 880M SLI compare 3072 @ 954 MHz2x 256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 860M SLI compare 1280 @ 1029 MHz2x 128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 880M compare 1536 @ 954 MHz256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 870M 1344 @ 941 MHz192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 860M compare 640 @ 1029 MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 850M compare 640 @ 876 MHz128 Bit @ 2000 - 5000 MHz
CodenameN15P-GT
ArchitectureKepler
Pipelines1344 - unified
Core Speed941 MHz
Memory Speed5000 MHz
Memory Bus Width192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory6144 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 11_0), Shader 5.0
Transistor Count3540 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesBattery Boost, GameStream, ShadowPlay, GPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, SLI, GeForce Experience
Notebook Sizelarge
Date of Announcement12.03.2014

Benchmarks

Performance Rating - 3DMark 11 + Fire Strike + Time Spy
22.4 pt (25%)
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Score
min: 15688     avg: 16661     median: 16787 (25%)     max: 17139 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Cloud Gate Graphics
min: 27174     avg: 30513     median: 31322 (16%)     max: 32151 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Score
min: 4198     avg: 4283     median: 4294 (14%)     max: 4384 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Fire Strike Standard Graphics
min: 4558     avg: 4692     median: 4694 (11%)     max: 4802 Points
3DMark - 3DMark Ice Storm Graphics
min: 32608     avg: 293680     median: 195974 (26%)     max: 750165 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance Score
min: 4831     avg: 6729     median: 7120 (18%)     max: 7178 Points
3DMark 11 - 3DM11 Performance GPU
min: 4416     avg: 6638     median: 7156 (12%)     max: 7270 Points
3DMark Vantage
3DM Vant. Perf. total +
3DM Vant. Perf. GPU no PhysX +
3DMark 06 3DMark 06 - Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - Heaven 2.1 high
min: 81.5     avg: 83.8     median: 83.8 (16%)     max: 86 fps
SPECviewperf 12
specvp12 sw-03 +
specvp12 snx-02 +
specvp12 showcase-01 +
specvp12 mediacal-01 +
specvp12 maya-04 +
specvp12 energy-01 +
specvp12 creo-01 +
specvp12 catia-04 +
Cinebench R10 Cinebench R10 Shading (32bit) +
Cinebench R11.5 Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64 Bit +
Cinebench R15 OpenGL Ref. Match 64 Bit +
- 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 1280x720
117  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
86.4  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
42.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
39.4  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
13.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Additional Benchmarks
Medium / Disabled 4xAF 1920x1080
56.1
low 1280x720
185  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
161  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
105  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
63.9  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
33.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Additional Benchmarks
Medium Preset 1920x1080
139
low 1280x720
129  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
88.4  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
41.2  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
37  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
14.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Additional Benchmarks
Medium Preset FXAA 1920x1080
57.8
Mafia 3

Mafia 3

2016
low 1280x720
43.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
28.4  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
15.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Additional Benchmarks
Medium Preset 1920x1080
20.3
FIFA 17

FIFA 17

2016
low 1280x720
223  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
197  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
128  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
119  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
51.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Additional Benchmarks
Medium Preset 1920x1080
152
low 1280x720
50.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
34.3  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
19.8  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
9.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings low.
Additional Benchmarks
Medium Preset 2xAF 1920x1080
22.7
low 1280x720
66  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
55.8  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
33.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
14.4  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
13.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Additional Benchmarks
Medium 4x AF Off AA 1920x1080
39.9
low 1280x720
111  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
70.1  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
33.1  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
26.9  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
10.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings med..
Additional Benchmarks
Medium Preset 4xAF 1920x1080
45.3
Overwatch

Overwatch

2016
low 1280x720
219  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
163  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
77.4  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
44.4  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
24.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Additional Benchmarks
Medium (Render Scale 100 %) 2xAF FXAA 1920x1080
101
Doom

Doom

2016
low 1280x720
68.7  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
59  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
35.1  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
33.4  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Additional Benchmarks
Medium Preset 1920x1080
39.6
low 1280x720
77.8  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
70.7  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
39.1  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
28.7  fps    + Compare
4K 3840x2160
11.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Additional Benchmarks
Medium / Off 1920x1080
40.4