GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 980 vs 970 among all GPUs


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


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Performance per Watt

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Noise and Power

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


Overall Score

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 

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

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 980

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Significantly more memory 8,192 MB vs 4,096 MB 2x more memory
Better 3DMark06 score 17,292 vs 15,071 Around 15% better 3DMark06 score
Better PassMark score 9,649 vs 8,601 More than 10% better PassMark score
Better floating-point performance 4,358 GFLOPS vs 3,494 GFLOPS Around 25% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 136.2 GTexel/s vs 109.2 GTexel/s Around 25% higher texture rate
Slightly higher pixel rate 68.1 GPixel/s vs 58.8 GPixel/s More than 15% higher pixel rate
Higher crysis 3 framerate 60.55 fps vs 50.6 fps Around 20% higher crysis 3 framerate
More shading units 2,048 vs 1,664 384 more shading units
More texture mapping units 128 vs 104 24 more texture mapping units
Better manhattan score 3,710.56 vs 3,409.75 Around 10% better manhattan score
More render output processors 64 vs 56 8 more render output processors
Better T-Rex score 7.83 frames/s vs 6.49 frames/s More than 20% better T-Rex score
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 119 fps vs 107.6 fps More than 10% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Better PassMark direct compute score 5,114 vs 4,342 Around 20% better PassMark direct compute score
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Slightly lower TDP 148W vs 165W More than 10% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 980 vs 970

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
209.64 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
191 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
106.26 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
139.6 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
GeForce GTX 970

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
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Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 4

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GeForce GTX 980  vs 970 

I'm also reviewing the ASUS GTX 980 STRIX right now, and with 0 dBA in idle and 30 dBA while gaming, it is just as quiet as the MSI Gaming.
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Just had to RMA my EVGA GTX 780 FTW......Getting a 970 FTW as a replacement.....not sure whether I should be happy or not....basically losing 150$ with this exchange
How is he a AMD fanboy for pointing out a fair point... NVIDIA fanboy detected
Really don't get your point he was just trying to debunk wrong ideas not "to show off". And the reason you always buy GPUs in the 70 series is because your broke and don't want to admit it... Just saying...
What about 4 gtx 970 sc with a i7 4770k and the motherboard is a z97-ws quad strength graphic power 4 way motherboard and over clocking it
How about 4 gtx 970 sc vs 3 gtx 980 ti
Why did u post the same thing twice??
Since when did GTX 980 have 8GB GDDR5 VRAM?!
Now, GTX 1080 crushes GTX 980 SLI.....Future proof, my ass
Why does it show GTX 980 8GB GDDR5 instead of 4GB GDDR5??
Unity has bullshit optmization, yeah
amd fanboy detected -_-
aaaaaaaaaaaaaand i would prefer a 980 Ti over a 970 SLI :)
against a 3-way 970? no, bruh
You're a dumbass trying to show off whatever "knowledge" you've got about computer hardware. This is a prime sentence to save money and make a better decision while choosing GPUs - "The cut-down version GPUs are always a better bang for the buck against the full verson", the 980 Ti and TITAN X, 970 and 980 etc. Cut downs are always better value. Why do you think I always buy graphic cards that are the 70 series?
Later GTX 970 will not be as good as it is today. As games get harder, things like GTX 980 get useful. It is just more future proof
Yeah, but when you are going too OP, you pay more for each precent, as it is bigger. You can't buy 30% of a GTX 970 and make it be used. It also takes one slot, so the small form for the bigger power costs more.
I cant wait till qantum computing is viable then we will have true vr
If your budget can handle it go 980ti if not go 970, forget about SLI just to many extra things to go wrong and power issues also. And for people waiting on VR "SLI will not be supported" for at least 1 to 2 years, a single 970 will do VR pretty very good the developers say.
Today in Moscow MSI Armor 970 = 25 690 ₽ (288€) GTX970 is best buy today for 1080p and 980Ti for 2K this is why so big difference
But also keep in mind with the new features coming to DirectX 12 (which I will admit is still a long way off), these performance gains will improve because of the improved use of SLI and Video Memory Stacking. Currently though, its the fault of development studios that cant get the code needed for SLI straightened out. If you already have an SLI setup (i.e. 2x GTX 970), then the performance gains will be improved even more vs just one 980. It may or may not be more expensive (depending on the card you use), but its is well worth the investment now.
gtx 970 =350€ vs gtx 980 =550€ Winner GTX 970 if you want something better is better you go to gtx 980 Ti
yep and in the real world, it tends to be around 10%
Im still cruising around with a 680 and i still run everything near ultra @ 1080p You clowns saying must have 980 are fooling yourselves, the 970 will do fine. In real world gaming ... `15% faster speed is often just 5-10 FPS, something YOU WONT NOTICE WHEN YOUR GETTING 70-100+ ALREADY. EVEN if your display is a 144 ROG, you WONT NOTICE +10-15FPS, remember, the more FPS youre already getting, the less you will notice large jumps. at 100 you would need damn near 30-40 FPS to notice it go up. Honestly, in games where my 680 is getting 75fps (yes, it fukin does, stfu, it hits 99 and maxes out on some too) My brothers 970 (hes trying to convince me to buy) gets about 20 FPS more. 20 fps, thats it... and side by side, the shit looks EXACTLY and fells EXACTLY THE SAME. so you think 25 is going to rock your lil worlds when your getting 80+ already? People like you are the reasons companies like nVidia are doing what they do. get over yourselves.
yup lol good points...
What is your average temps with your card? When I bought mine all they had was EVGA brands with the ACX 2.0 cooler, And I have read many reviews showing how EVGA cheaped out on the ACX cooler. I have not had any cooling issues as of yet, But I feel that a GPU with a 145watt TDP should not get up to 65c-70c while gaming. So I run a fan profile in afterburner to keep it in the low 50's while gaming. They should have used a more aggressive fan profile. It makes no sense to me that the fans stay off until a certain temp.
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