GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 980 Ti vs 970 among Desktop GPUs


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Performance per Watt

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Overall Score

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti  based on its benchmarks and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 980 Ti

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Significantly better PassMark score 11,318 vs 8,563 More than 30% better PassMark score
Better floating-point performance 5,632 GFLOPS vs 3,494 GFLOPS More than 60% better floating-point performance
More memory 6,144 MB vs 4,096 MB 50% more memory
Significantly higher pixel rate 96 GPixel/s vs 58.8 GPixel/s Around 65% higher pixel rate
Higher texture rate 176 GTexel/s vs 109.2 GTexel/s More than 60% higher texture rate
Many more render output processors 96 vs 56 40 more render output processors
Significantly more shading units 2,816 vs 1,664 1152 more shading units
Significantly more texture mapping units 176 vs 104 72 more texture mapping units
Better ocean surface simulation score 1,735.24 frames/s vs 1,225.93 frames/s More than 40% better ocean surface simulation score
Significantly better PassMark direct compute score 6,435 vs 4,375 More than 45% better PassMark direct compute score
Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus
Higher bioshock infinite framerate 133.5 vs 112.8 Around 20% higher bioshock infinite framerate
Better cloud gate factor score 23.42 vs 22.23 More than 5% better cloud gate factor score
Front view of GeForce GTX 970

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Higher turbo clock speed 1,178 MHz vs 1,076 MHz Around 10% higher turbo clock speed
Significantly lower TDP 148W vs 250W More than 40% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 980 Ti vs 970

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980 Ti
537.83 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
212.39 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980 Ti
145.53 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
105.04 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

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2x 970 sli beats a 1080 exept if going 4k
I got 2 970 GTX i'd sell for 250 each if you're still interested.
Did you see the specs on the 1000 series yet? Look at your comment, then the specs. Now back at your comment. Tech is difficult to predict, I'll certainly give you that!
Heads up guy's this "comparison website" is total bullshit. It is not worth using.
Anyone wanting to sell their 970? email me at
I didn't hold off. And I did not regret. If you are waiting for pascal which will be in range of 980ti (approx +15-25% faster) then good luck in year or more. First series will be slower (approx -15-25%) comparing to 980ti most likely. It's nvidia, they know what they are doing. They get customers for new hardware but only afterwards they release expensive more power hardware.
I could had sold my 970 and bought this but...i am holding off.
yeah but... the 980 ti would have costed you £200-300 more
I play Killing Floor 2 with a 1080p 120hz screen on a 980Ti, mainly hanging at 120fps with dips going no lower than high 80's or so when a lot of stuff is going on. So it certainly is worth it. My next upgrade will be whatever is a lot more powerful and not stupidly priced (so not a Titan) probably later next year.
980Ti FTW, matching/surpassing AMD's Fury X even in DX12! I like it when cards that are worth the cost are released, like this is a true upgrade over a 970 unlike the 980 was. And the Titan X was/is a complete ripoff.
Depends on your budget. On my likings, i'd take the 980ti, but on budget tho. I'd get the 970
i love my gtx 970M in my laptop ( which has around 70% performance of desktop version ), but i still run BF4 in 60+ frames in 1080p. I dont need more power. Also it is way more efficient ( performance per watt than desktop version, even if desktop version is much more efficient then all other cards on market ). Thx NVidia
I too bought a 970 less than a month before this was released- but I bought evga- so I've started their step up program :D
Like wise bought my 970G1 then this came out in a week , but still loving my 970.
I'm keeping my 970 GTX just to save on power alone 980ti might be the Bomb but I rather have lower power bills. Plus most of my games I play on 1080P you wouldn't even notice the difference. I could buy a 980ti but the only game I really used with my 970 that took advantage of it's capabilities in Call of Duty Advanced Warfare and some Killing Floor 2 and then some Lords of the Fallen. I made good use of my 670 gtx playing Planetside 2 hours on end at launch so I got my use out of that card.
Oh man i coulda told you so the rumor has been going on a good month now.I still might just sell my 970 and buy a 980ti or i will just wait till Pascal which looks like it will rock our socks off,combined the fact Dx12 is coming out soon...geezus i am excited to say the least.
I got my 970 for $300 new but open box so we'll see what the starting price is for these 980ti' guess will be around $700 canadian + tax. Unless you wanna dish out the extra money @disqus_0NhC9jT9UN:disqus, I think we made a good choice. I run everything at max on 1080p :D
Dammit! I was liking the idea of my 970 being the 3rd best maxwell GPU! Now it's the fourth! Figures they would release the 980 Ti a week after I bough my 970!
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