GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 970 vs 580 among Desktop GPUs


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


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


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

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


Overall Score

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 5,018 More than 70% better PassMark score
Much better 3DMark06 score 15,071 vs 6,065 Around 2.5x better 3DMark06 score
Much higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 4,032 MHz Around 75% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 1,050 MHz vs 810 MHz Around 30% 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 1,659 GFLOPS More than 2x better floating-point performance
Significantly higher pixel rate 58.8 GPixel/s vs 25.92 GPixel/s More than 2.2x higher pixel rate
Higher texture rate 109.2 GTexel/s vs 51.84 GTexel/s More than 2x higher texture rate
Higher memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s vs 193.5 GB/s More than 15% higher memory bandwidth
Significantly more shading units 1,664 vs 512 1152 more shading units
Significantly better fire strike factor score 72.7 vs 43.53 More than 65% better fire strike factor score
Significantly better T-Rex score 8.69 frames/s vs 4.18 frames/s More than 2x better T-Rex score
Much higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,008 MHz Around 75% higher memory clock speed
Significantly better PassMark direct compute score 4,375 vs 1,855 More than 2.2x better PassMark direct compute score
More texture mapping units 104 vs 64 40 more texture mapping units
More render output processors 56 vs 48 8 more render output processors
Higher crysis 3 framerate 52.8 vs 40 More than 30% higher crysis 3 framerate
Significantly lower TDP 148W vs 244W Around 40% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 580

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Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 970 vs 580

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
212.39 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 580
142.43 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
105.04 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 580
35.72 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
1,225.93 frames/s
GeForce GTX 580
1,401.19 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 580

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 580

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Crysis 3

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Really? I've had my 580 for a few years now and I figured it might be time for an upgrade. I play games like Battlefield which tend to have a pretty strong GPU strain, do you play any games like that? Have you ever tried streaming? That's another thing I've started doing and although I don't experience much framerate stutter I still feel like I should upgrade. But that might just be me lusting after a card as sexy as the 970.
Also (part 2 [of my third post]) Why is no one using this sweet add photo option? This isn't only a forum for speculation. You can do more than talk about the upgrades, should I also post a pic of my GTX580SC so I can prove I've had both? Technically have, I still have the 580. I"m mailing it to a friend for free on Tuesday though, he's still 'rockin' a ATI 5850.
also that price is the MSRP, not the $350 I paid for it at Microcenter-Denver
I bought one today (a 970, of the MSI TwinFrozer type) and I haven't noticed the need for the upgrade from my GTX580SC sadly. I am gaming on a 1080p screen, so I'm not sure if I'm not flexing it's muscles enough, but I already ran my games at the highest settings, albeit at a lower framerate. In games I do play, like CS:S, this new card means nothing. I was getting 200 fps, and now I'm getting 300 fps. But games like Metro LL and Tomb Raider, i moved from 45 playable frames to a vsync 60. Maybe I'll just consider this future-proofing for a bit, but I"m having $350 worth of "why" right now. Though, it is quieter and uses less power, so it's not like I want to return it. Maybe No Man's Sky will light it up, or maybe I should spend more than the card, on a new monitor.
3 years of warranty is a good news, luckily I never needed it yet. As for ebay, even the description says that it start at 1€, it's just someone who want to get rid of an old card that he doesn't use anymore. I don't worry about the reserve price, but about the fact that if the bids are not high enough usually the seller pull back the auction himself (already happened sometimes).
I read many dreadful reviews of the zotac gtx 970 on newegg ( ), maybe the other brands have the same issues? The used gtx 580 on ebay is this ( ), start at 1+12 . edit: the gigabyte g1 gaming 970 is still 385+8€, too much IMHO edit2: the zotac you linked will be available only next week, all prices can change meanwhile
As I wrote the 580 is used (2nd hand), the auction start at 13€, but i think it is worth at least 25€ (a backup gpu for that price should be useful). I'm happy to pay 350€ for a msi 970 or 150€ for a 770/760, but not more. The 970 dropped from 500€+ to 370/420€+ in the last month, while the 770 is still around 220-200€ ( Maybe they will drop something more during black friday.
The price matters too. 420€ for a new 970 and 25€ for a 2nd hand 580, I can live with the 580 some months and buy the 970 when the price will drop considerably.
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