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Performance per Watt

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Noise and Power

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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

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Better PassMark score 8,563 vs 6,099 More than 40% better PassMark score
More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Higher pixel rate 58.8 GPixel/s vs 33.5 GPixel/s More than 75% higher pixel rate
Significantly more render output processors 56 vs 32 24 more render output processors
Better fire strike factor score 72.7 vs 60.75 Around 20% better fire strike factor score
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 107.6 fps vs 83.4 fps Around 30% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Better PassMark direct compute score 4,375 vs 3,083 More than 40% better PassMark direct compute score
Higher battlefield 4 framerate 88.6 vs 57.5 Around 55% higher battlefield 4 framerate
Higher turbo clock speed 1,178 MHz vs 1,085 MHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
Significantly lower TDP 148W vs 230W More than 35% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 770

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Much better 3DMark06 score 29,690 vs 15,071 More than 95% better 3DMark06 score
Higher texture rate 134 GTexel/s vs 109.2 GTexel/s Around 25% higher texture rate
Better ocean surface simulation score 1,631.29 frames/s vs 1,225.93 frames/s Around 35% better ocean surface simulation score
More texture mapping units 128 vs 104 24 more texture mapping units

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 970 vs 770

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
212.39 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 770
112.94 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
105.04 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 770
50.95 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
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Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
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Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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this is the dumbest comparison. and the buy now links... WHAT A RIP OFF!!!!!! If you dont understand the pc market then stay away from amazons pc builds.
you won´t beat mines GTX 1070 lol :D
I have the zotac 970 gtx paired with a i5-4670k and it runs tomb raider in ultimate at 1080p at 60fps solid, like not even 1 stutter or dip to 59. I finally get to play all the new games in high / ultra at 60fps 1080p.
Is it worth to upgrade from am 770 to a 970 ?
Nice the gtx 770 is a small beast :D
bought Asus Gtx 770 oc 4Gb by 130€, pretty good, huh?
gtx 290x? that doesn't exist you retard
I think the 4GB version of the GTX 770 is a very good GPU. I never could understand why Nvidia did not put at'least 3GB on the reference GTX 770. My friend has a EVGA 770 4GB with the ACX cooler, It looks similar to my EVGA GTX 970, Except his 770 is about a inch longer than my 970. I remember when he bought it last year from Best Buy. Since my friend got such great performance out of his 770, I decided to go ahead and save money to buy a high end GPU instead of buying another mid-range GPU before the summer started. I used to always just buy upper mid range cards, Upper mid-range cards used to always stay ahead for at'least two years, And because of that, They used to be the best bang for your buck. But now with game devs no longer caring how they port games, Mid-Range card owners have been getting the shaft! So three months ago, I finally broke down and bought a High End GPU. It was a hard choosing between the R9 290 (nonX) and the GTX 970. The R9 290 was priced very well three months ago, And the 290 is close enough to the 970 in performance. And the 970 was priced higher, But the 970 has better performance and used much less wattage. Anyway after finally driving myself crazy deciding, I finally decided to go out and buy a GPU, The only place I could go and pay cash for a GPU was Office Max, And for some reason Office Max had the R9 290 and the GTX 970 priced very similar. They wanted $338 for a reference design XFX R9 290, And $359 for a EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0, So I bought the EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX 2.0, I feel that $359 was a bit too high. But it was the best price I could get paying cash, And in the long run I saved money paying cash, I avoided paying interest and all that extra crap that banks now put on people. I have really enjoyed my 970 so far. I feel that Nvidia's drivers are not as good as they used to be. But they really should start selling computer hardware at more places. In the past you used to be able to get anything you wanted for your PC without having to order it. I never did like buying things online! And I still think buying things online is the dumbest idea in the world! But if anyone decides on getting a GTX 960, Get the 4GB model! You will not regret it! The 960 believe it or not has a pretty powerful GPU, And it will need more than the reference 2GB to supplement it.
Sometimes people make mistakes when typing, It happens to everyone even you! No matter how perfect and trendy you might be.
Of course, along with all their shitty drivers : p
Great to here this, I'm about to get rid of my second 770 to go for a 970. 980 is still stupidly overpriced IMO :)
Do you find that micro-stutter is still an issue with r9 and related cards/drivers? or is that a thing of the past for AMD now?
Don't you mean its double-gay? :p
I have been an SLI guy for 2 years now.. while I agree we are moving in a direction where more and more games and software supports it (properly!), the issue is.. single cards are getting so powerful and efficient, that it's going to make sli a moot point. I had 770 SLI, sold one, and though, what the heck, I'll just use single and put up with it, until I sell the second one. Lo and behold, the difference was minimal.. sure, some games are great on SLI, but for the most part.. by the time the drivers catch up and support ALL games, single gpu's will be back in style with a vengeance. And that is saying alot, as I am still a strong supporter of SLI too. I just like to look at these things objectively.
com'on he was being sarcastic
i have zotac gtx 970 and it sucks ass
lol i went ahead and read most of your posts, rather a negative guy are we? ;( if youre ever in a bad mood go back and read what you say to people. its pretty good stuff.
Its 3.5GB of actual VRAM. the latter .5 is like super slow speed. Kinda like how tmobile sells u unlimited everything... but then says only first 1.0GB is high speed 4G LTE data... the rest is slowspeed..
Yes it is..........
sli is gaaaaayyyyyy wait for DirectX 12 foo besides now titan x is #1
Exactly the same thing happened to my friend. He has low FPS, crashes, game launch errors, etc. I'm glad that you postes here mate because nobody belive me :). Just sell your AMD and go and get GTX. Let say 780 - they are great. You can buy one for 350£ ( probably less than 500$ ). Have a nice day.
r9 270 here and yeah I have issues with it. I have no doubt the above mentioned can play 40+ fps with everything max, but certain games will lock or skip and drop to less than 10fps momentarily at random segments. Also, turning down graphics results in little to no change in fps except for adding/removing shadows. OC grants no change and thats with updating drivers. Using older ones produces worse results. What you have is what you have. I don't really get it, but the cards definitely have odd issues. On the other hand, my wife's 750ti is much more stable - although not as powerful. However, given certain settings, she can get better fps. I'm running 8gb mem and FX6320 3.5ghz and wife has fx6300 3.5ghz. Only difference in swapping cards around is that my system can average 10fps more than hers on certain games - likely due to 8-cores in mine and 6-cores in hers. Snagged my card on sale and with a free game deal...Currently selling it, leaving AMD behind and moving on to Nvidia.
what about the titan or the 980
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