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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 970

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970

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GPUBoss is not aware of any important advantages of the 970 vs the 1070 Max-Q.

Front view of GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q

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Significantly more memory 8,192 MB vs 4,096 MB 2x more memory
Higher clock speed 1,215 MHz vs 1,050 MHz More than 15% higher clock speed
Better floating-point performance 4,977 GFLOPS vs 3,494 GFLOPS More than 40% better floating-point performance
Higher effective memory clock speed 8,008 MHz vs 7,012 MHz Around 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher pixel rate 77.8 GPixel/s vs 58.8 GPixel/s More than 30% higher pixel rate
Higher memory bandwidth 256.3 GB/s vs 224.4 GB/s Around 15% higher memory bandwidth
Higher texture rate 155.5 GTexel/s vs 109.2 GTexel/s More than 40% higher texture rate
Higher turbo clock speed 1,379 MHz vs 1,178 MHz More than 15% higher turbo clock speed
More shading units 2,048 vs 1,664 384 more shading units
More texture mapping units 128 vs 104 24 more texture mapping units
More render output processors 64 vs 56 8 more render output processors
Higher memory clock speed 2,002 MHz vs 1,753 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Lower TDP 115W vs 148W More than 20% lower TDP

Features Key features of the GeForce GTX 970  vs 1070 Max-Q 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

GeForce GTX 970
224.4 GB/s

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

GeForce GTX 970
58.8 GPixel/s
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
77.8 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

GeForce GTX 970
109.2 GTexel/s
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
155.5 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTX 970
3,494 GFLOPS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
4,977 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GeForce GTX 970  vs
1070 Max-Q 
GPU brand Nvidia Nvidia
GPU name GM204 GP104
Clock speed 1,050 MHz 1,215 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,178 MHz 1,379 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None None

raw performance

Shading units 1,664 2,048
Texture mapping units 104 128
Render output processors 56 64
Pixel rate 58.8 GPixel/s 77.8 GPixel/s
Texture rate 109.2 GTexel/s 155.5 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 3,494 GFLOPS 4,977 GFLOPS

memory

GeForce GTX 970  vs
1070 Max-Q 
Memory clock speed 1,753 MHz 2,002 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz 8,008 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit 256 bit
Memory 4,096 MB 8,192 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s 256.3 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 148W 115W

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