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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 4% 7%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 4% 14%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 6% 4%
Genshin Impact 5% 6%
eFootball PES 2021 47% 52%
Marvel's Avengers 1% 11%
Watch Dogs Legion 1% 9%
FIFA 21 47% 52%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 50% 35%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 7% 17%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 12 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. This results in the GTX 980 providing 30.7 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 980 has a 12 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 970. This results in the GTX 980 providing 10.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition are the same, which means the GTX 970 and the GTX 980 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition has 1664 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 3071 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3674. The GTX 980 having 603 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 970.

The GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition requires 160 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 5 Watts more than the GTX 970 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 980 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1216 MHzvs1228 MHz
Boost Clock1367 MHzvs1329 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-200-A1Maxwell GM204-400-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
10
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10
2560x1440
7.7
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8.1
3840x2160
5.8
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6.1

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1792 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1664vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units104vs128
Texture Rate126.5 GTexel/svs157.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units56vs64
Pixel Rate68.1 GPixel/svs78.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power160 Wattsvs165 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 30 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB created by EVGA. It features a new Cooling Solution and overclocking out of the box. Read below to know more.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 1216MHz, instead of 1051MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1367MHz, instead of 1178MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched. This means the Card performs better when compared to the reference NVIDIA Graphics Card but should also consume slightly more power.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by EVGA's Dual Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 8% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB created by Gigabyte. It features a new Cooling Solution and overclocking out of the box. Read below to know more.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 1228MHz, instead of 1126MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1329MHz, instead of 1216MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Gigabyte WINDFORCE 3X Triple Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 8% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
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