GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 970 vs 480 among Desktop GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.7

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970  based on its benchmarks, compute performance and noise and power.

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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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Significantly better PassMark score 8,563 vs 4,356 More than 95% better PassMark score
Much higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 3,800 MHz Around 85% higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly higher clock speed 1,050 MHz vs 726 MHz Around 45% higher clock speed
More memory 4,096 MB vs 1,536 MB Around 2.8x more memory
Better floating-point performance 3,494 GFLOPS vs 1,393 GFLOPS More than 2.5x better floating-point performance
Significantly higher pixel rate 58.8 GPixel/s vs 21.78 GPixel/s Around 2.8x higher pixel rate
Higher memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s vs 182.4 GB/s Around 25% higher memory bandwidth
Higher texture rate 109.2 GTexel/s vs 43.56 GTexel/s More than 2.5x higher texture rate
Much better fire strike factor score 72.7 vs 31.06 More than 2.2x better fire strike factor score
Significantly more shading units 1,664 vs 480 1184 more shading units
Significantly better T-Rex score 8.69 frames/s vs 4.05 frames/s Around 2.2x better T-Rex score
Much higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 950 MHz Around 85% higher memory clock speed
Much better PassMark direct compute score 4,375 vs 1,561 More than 2.8x better PassMark direct compute score
More texture mapping units 104 vs 60 44 more texture mapping units
Significantly higher metro: last light framerate 83.8 vs 38 Around 2.2x higher metro: last light framerate
More render output processors 56 vs 48 8 more render output processors
Significantly lower TDP 148W vs 250W More than 40% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 480

Reasons to consider the
EVGA GeForce GTX 480

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Significantly better 3DMark06 score 23,824 vs 15,071 Around 60% better 3DMark06 score
Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 970 vs 480

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
212.39 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 480
116.66 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
105.04 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 480
34.48 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
1,225.93 frames/s
GeForce GTX 480
706.1 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
3,358.38
GeForce GTX 480
3,359.44

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
3,715.92
GeForce GTX 480
3,696.63

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Metro: Last Light

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