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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 980 4GB
Red Dead Redemption 2 3% 4%
Cyberpunk 2077 41% 31%
Doom Eternal 12% 18%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 37% 41%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3% 4%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 41% 31%
FIFA 20 45% 49%
Grand Theft Auto VI 57% 46%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 41% 31%
Need For Speed Heat 3% 4%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 38 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. This results in the GTX 980 providing 30.9 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 38 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 970. This results in the GTX 980 providing 11.2 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 970 was released less than a year after the GTX 980, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

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 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB 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 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB 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 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition has 1664 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2759 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3362. 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 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition requires 145 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB requires 165 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 20 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 Speed1088 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1228 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-200-A1Maxwell GM204-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date29 Sep 2014vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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10
1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
10
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10
2560x1440
7.5
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7.9
3840x2160
5.7
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5.9

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 Rate113.2 GTexel/svs144.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units56vs64
Pixel Rate60.9 GPixel/svs72.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power145 Wattsvs165 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 30 Ampsvs500 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 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB created by Inno3D. 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 1114MHz, instead of 1088MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1228MHz, instead of 1178MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Inno3D's HerculeZ Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Power Consumption
According to Inno3D, the Rated Board TDP remains the same: 145W. A 500W PSU with at least 2 6-pin available recommended is required. .

Release Price
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Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB. Therefore, GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition is almost as fast Radeon R9 290X.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is a high-end Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture. It surpassed previous GeForce GTX 780 Ti and cost less. It was also much more energy efficient. Read below to know more.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM204-400-A1 which has 16 SM activated and thus 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1126MHz and goes up to 1216MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, VXGI, MFAA, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan and is identical to the one seen on GeForce GTX 780. The Card is known to run cool and has a maximum operating temperature of 98ÂșC.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 165W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two 6-pin connectors.

Release Price
The release price of $550 is lower than of its predecessor - GeForce GTX 780 which was launched for $649.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB is over 20% faster than its predecessor and even beats GeForce GTX 780 Ti in about 7%.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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