GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 970 vs 590 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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Much better PassMark score 8,563 vs 4,182 More than 2x better PassMark score
Much higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 3,416 MHz More than 2x higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly higher clock speed 1,050 MHz vs 608 MHz Around 75% higher clock speed
Better floating-point performance 3,494 GFLOPS vs 2,488.4 GFLOPS More than 40% better floating-point performance
Much better fire strike factor score 72.7 vs 40.09 More than 80% better fire strike factor score
Much higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 854 MHz More than 2x higher memory clock speed
More memory 4,096 MB vs 3,072 MB Around 35% more memory
Significantly better T-Rex score 8.69 frames/s vs 3.85 frames/s More than 2.2x better T-Rex score
Higher pixel rate 58.8 GPixel/s vs 38.92 GPixel/s More than 50% higher pixel rate
Higher texture rate 109.2 GTexel/s vs 77.8 GTexel/s More than 40% higher texture rate
Much better PassMark direct compute score 4,375 vs 1,379 Around 3.2x better PassMark direct compute score
More shading units 1,664 vs 1,024 640 more shading units
Much lower TDP 148W vs 365W 2.5x lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 590

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 590

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Is dual GPU Yes vs No About half of graphics cards are dual GPU
Much better 3DMark06 score 33,520 vs 15,071 Around 2.2x better 3DMark06 score
Significantly higher memory bandwidth 328 GB/s vs 224.4 GB/s More than 45% higher memory bandwidth
Many more render output processors 96 vs 56 40 more render output processors
Much wider memory bus 768 bit vs 256 bit 3x wider memory bus
More texture mapping units 128 vs 104 24 more texture mapping units

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 970 vs 590

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
212.39 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 590
107.24 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
105.04 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 590
30.92 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
1,225.93 frames/s
GeForce GTX 590
1,116.13 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
3,358.38
GeForce GTX 590
3,357.39

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
3,715.92
GeForce GTX 590
3,606.19

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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