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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 Asus Strix OC 4GB Edition SLI GeForce GTX 780 Galaxy HOF 3GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 32% 11%
Halo: Reach 78% 65%
Cyberpunk 2077 6% 52%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 32% 11%
Doom Eternal 41% 5%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 6% 52%
Grand Theft Auto VI 4% 69%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 58% 32%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 6% 52%
Need For Speed Heat 32% 11%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Asus Strix OC 4GB Edition SLI are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Galaxy HOF 3GB Edition.

The GTX 970 has a 108 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 780. This results in the GTX 970 providing 38.5 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 970 has a 108 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Render Output Units than the GTX 780. This results in the GTX 970 providing 76.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 970 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 780, and so the GTX 970 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 780.

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 GTX 970 has 5120 MB more video memory than the GTX 780, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 970 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 970 has 160.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 780, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is massively better than the GTX 780.

The GeForce GTX 970 Asus Strix OC 4GB Edition SLI has 3072 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 780 Galaxy HOF 3GB Edition has 2304. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 5196 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 780 is 2438. The GTX 970 having 2758 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 780.

The GeForce GTX 780 Galaxy HOF 3GB Edition requires 250 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GTX 970. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 970 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 780. The GTX 970 has been recommended a PSU with 150 Watts more than the GTX 780. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 970 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 780.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1114 MHzvs1006 MHz
Boost Clock1253 MHzvs1058 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-200-A1 (x2)Kepler GK110-300-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs01 Sep 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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1920x1080
10
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9.7
2560x1440
9.6
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7.2
3840x2160
7.4
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs288.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units3072vs2304
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units208vs192
Texture Rate231.7 GTexel/svs193.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units112vs48
Pixel Rate124.8 GPixel/svs48.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-250 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Wattsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe SLI setup of GeForce GTX 970 Asus Strix OC 4GB Edition.GeForce GTX 780 Galaxy HOF 3GB Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 780.
This edition comes with a custom double fan cooling solution which will allow a reasonable performance boost from the start, as GeForce GTX 780 benefits from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology.
Also, it has been overclocked out of the box from 863MHz to 1006MHz while its boost clock is now of 1058MHz. The memory clock was left untouched.
Benchmarks indicate a 11% performance boost when compared to the reference card and so this edition performs slightly better than GeForce GTX Titan.
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