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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Palit 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Red Dead Redemption 2 4% 7%
Halo: Reach 70% 66%
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 47%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4% 7%
Doom Eternal 18% 8%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 31% 47%
Grand Theft Auto VI 46% 64%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 41% 34%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 31% 47%
Need For Speed Heat 4% 7%

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

The GTX 980 has a 77 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. This results in the GTX 980 providing 35.1 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 77 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 970. This results in the GTX 980 providing 13.3 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 980 Palit 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 970 4GB 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 980 Palit 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 970 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 980 Palit 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 970 4GB are the same, which means the GTX 980 and the GTX 970 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The GeForce GTX 980 Palit 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 4GB has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3362 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2646. The GTX 980 having 716 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 980 Palit 4GB Edition requires 180 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970 4GB requires 145 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970. The GTX 980 requires 35 Watts more than the GTX 970 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 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 Speed1127 MHzvs1050 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHzvs1178 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1Maxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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9.9
2560x1440
7.9
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7.4
3840x2160
5.9
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GPU Memory

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

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1664
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs104
Texture Rate144.3 GTexel/svs109.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs56
Pixel Rate72.1 GPixel/svs58.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power180 Wattsvs145 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts & 30 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 980 Palit 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 980 4GB, created by Palit.

Overclock: Central Unit
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Overclock: Memory Clock
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Cooling Solution
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Performance
Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
Overview
GeForce GTX 970 4GB is a high-end Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture. Its relatively low release price and mind-blowing performance made it an extremely competitive product. 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 the VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) Technology 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 GM204-200-A1 which has 13 SM activated and thus offers 1664 Shader Processing Units, 104 TMUs and 56 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1050MHz and goes up to 1178MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, MFAA, VXGI, 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 770. The Card is known to run cool and has a maximum operating temperature of 95ÂșC.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 145W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

Release Price
Pricing is lower than the one seen on its predecessors - $329.99 and makes it an extremely competitive product.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 970 4GB is over 25% faster than its predecessor and even beats GeForce GTX 780 in about 10%.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 970 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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