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).


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.


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.


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.

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
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


3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 15688     avg: 16661     median: 16787 (27%)     max: 17139 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 27174     avg: 30512.6     median: 31322 (17%)     max: 32151 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 4198     avg: 4283     median: 4294 (16%)     max: 4384 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 4558     avg: 4691.5     median: 4694 (12%)     max: 4802 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 32608     avg: 293680     median: 195973 (26%)     max: 750165 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 4831     avg: 6729     median: 7120 (20%)     max: 7178 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 4416     avg: 6637.8     median: 7156 (14%)     max: 7270 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
min: 64     avg: 64.7     median: 64 (24%)     max: 65 fps
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
min: 81     avg: 83.8     median: 83 (35%)     max: 86 fps
SPECviewperf 12
Solidworks (sw-03) 1900x1060 +
Siemens NX (snx-02) 1900x1060 +
Showcase (showcase-01) 1900x1060 +
Medical (medical-01) 1900x1060 +
Maya (maya-04) 1900x1060 +
Energy (energy-01) 1900x1060 +
Creo (creo-01) 1900x1060 +
Catia (catia-04) 1900x1060 +
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
Ref. Match 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 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
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
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
Mafia 3

Mafia 3

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


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