GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 980 vs 670 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

8.4

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980  based on its benchmarks.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 980

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980

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Significantly better 3DMark vantage graphics score 44,693 vs 31,610 More than 40% better 3DMark vantage graphics score
Significantly better floating-point performance 4,981 GFLOPS vs 2,459.5 GFLOPS More than 2x better floating-point performance
Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 915 MHz Around 25% higher clock speed
Significantly higher pixel rate 77.82 GPixel/s vs 25.62 GPixel/s More than 3x higher pixel rate
More memory 4,096 MB vs 2,048 MB 2x more memory
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 6,008 MHz More than 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher texture rate 155.6 GTexel/s vs 102.5 GTexel/s More than 50% higher texture rate
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Higher memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s vs 192.3 GB/s More than 15% higher memory bandwidth
More shading units 2,048 vs 1,344 704 more shading units
Higher turbo clock speed 1,216 MHz vs 980 MHz Around 25% higher turbo clock speed
Significantly higher BioShock infinite framerate 113.5 fps vs 83.7 fps More than 35% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Significantly higher battlefield 4 framerate 93.4 vs 52 Around 80% higher battlefield 4 framerate
Higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,502 MHz More than 15% higher memory clock speed
Better cloud gate factor score 22.51 vs 20.91 Around 10% better cloud gate factor score
More texture mapping units 128 vs 112 16 more texture mapping units
Front view of GeForce GTX 670

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 670

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Much better 3DMark06 score 29,150 vs 17,512 More than 65% better 3DMark06 score

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 980 vs 670

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 4

Crysis 3

FarCry 3

Hitman: Absolution

BioShock Infinite 1920 x 1080 - Ultra preset + DX11 (DDOF)

GeForce GTX 980
113.5 fps
GeForce GTX 670
83.7 fps

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Mind if I ask where you bought that card? I have a Gigabyte 670OC (4gb mem) and was considering to buy a 2nd one (they're high 300, almost 400 CAD) on amazon.ca...run that in SLI. It seems that would be as fast or faster than say the older 690. Don't know how far off performance-wise against a 980. Seems the 980 would run about $750 CAD.
(realize this is year old msg I'm responding to, but debating SLI vs new card) I'm guessing 2x SLI still slower. It seems, from cursory review that dual 670s (not a top 670 like Gigabyte OC w/4b) in SLI are as fast as like an old 690. The 980 is faster than that.
totally agreed. especially if you can get a msi pe 670 for $120 ... which is next to nothing. (I just bought a msi gtx 670 pe for $120 canadian.. So esentially $100 american.) insane deal
The 670 is still a beast regardless. Of course you won't use a 3-4 year old technology to run recent games in 4k, but as 1080p is still a standard resolution across the board, the 670 still handles recent games at very high settings and ultra for some. Upgrading to a 970 is not a good buy performance/buck. Perhaps grab another 670, SLI it and give your machine another 2 years before considering upgrading to whatever will be available on the market. I have high expectations for the Pascal architecture as this technology, according to rumours, will be purposely built for running games on resolutions up to 4k - single card perhaps? We'll see.
Because the card is still a beast. It was the best of the 6 series, which is why they still cost over 300 bucks. I own it and unless I drop 600 dollars to upgrade to 1440p or 4k, there isn't any other card on the market that's really any better. Marginally, yes. And that's saying something.
how is the 670 gtx better in crysis? lol
would love to know how the new cards stack versus older cards in SLI. ex. 980 vs two 670's in SLI?
wel thats interesting!
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