GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 980M vs 970 among all 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

Noise and Power

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

7.5

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970  based on its gaming, benchmarks and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 980M

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M

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More memory 8,192 MB vs 4,096 MB 2x more memory
More render output processors 64 vs 56 8 more render output processors
Better cloud gate factor score 23.7 vs 22.23 More than 5% better cloud gate factor score
Front view of GeForce GTX 970

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970

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Better PassMark score 8,563 vs 5,711 Around 50% better PassMark score
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 5,012 MHz Around 40% higher effective memory clock speed
Better 3DMark06 score 15,071 vs 12,562 Around 20% better 3DMark06 score
Higher memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s vs 160.4 GB/s Around 40% higher memory bandwidth
Significantly higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,253 MHz Around 40% higher memory clock speed
Better PassMark direct compute score 4,375 vs 3,460 More than 25% better PassMark direct compute score
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 107.6 fps vs 90.9 fps Around 20% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Higher battlefield 4 framerate 88.6 vs 71.7 Around 25% higher battlefield 4 framerate
Higher crysis 3 framerate 50.6 fps vs 43.25 fps More than 15% higher crysis 3 framerate

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 980M vs 970

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980M
308.42 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 970
210.24 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980M
114.35 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 970
105.04 mPixels/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980M
3,354.56
GeForce GTX 970
3,105.06

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980M
3,361.21
GeForce GTX 970
3,520.35

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 4

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