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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 1080
Red Dead Redemption 2 3% 34%
Cyberpunk 2077 41% 9%
Doom Eternal 12% 43%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3% 34%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 37% 59%
Halo: Reach 67% 79%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 41% 9%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 41% 9%
Grand Theft Auto VI 57% 1%
Need For Speed Heat 3% 34%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition.

The GeForce GTX 1080 has a 519 MHz higher core clock speed and 56 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. This results in the GeForce GTX 1080 providing 143.9 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 GeForce GTX 1080 has a 519 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 970. This results in the GeForce GTX 1080 providing 41.9 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 GeForce GTX 1080 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 970, and so the GeForce GTX 1080 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 970.

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 1080 has 4096 MB more video memory than the GTX 970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce GTX 1080 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GTX 1080 has 95.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 970, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 1080 is massively better than the GTX 970.

The GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition has 1664 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 1080 has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2759 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1080 is 5989. The GeForce GTX 1080 having 3230 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 1080 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 970.

The GeForce GTX 1080 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 970. This means that the GeForce GTX 1080 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 970.

The GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition requires 145 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 1080 requires 180 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 GeForce GTX 1080. The GeForce GTX 1080 requires 35 Watts more than the GTX 970 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 1080 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1088 MHzvs1607 MHz
Boost Clock1228 MHzvs1733 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-200-A1Pascal P104-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date29 Sep 2014vs27 May 2016
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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2560x1440
7.5
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9.5
3840x2160
5.7
vs green tick
7.4

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1251 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5X
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs320.3GB/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 Units1664vs2560
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs16nm
Texture Mapping Units104vs160
Texture Rate113.2 GTexel/svs257.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units56vs64
Pixel Rate60.9 GPixel/svs102.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs7680x4320
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power145 Wattsvs180 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 30 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 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 i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1600

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
N/A.

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 1080 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Pascal Architecture.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed P104-400-A1 which is a First Gen Pascal GPU and has 20 SM activated, offering 2560 Shader Processing Units, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1607MHz and goes up to 1733MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Second Gen GDDR5X, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1251MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 180W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate GeForce GTX 1080 can be over 25% Faster than GeForce GTX 980 Ti at 4K. In Fact, even the Dual Radeon R9 295X2 is easily topped.
At 1920x1080, the default rank for all GD Graphics Card, expect a performance boost ranging between 20% and 30%, over GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
As of May 2016, GeForce GTX 1080 is the fastest single Graphics Card available.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1080 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
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