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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970M 6GB SLI GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 2% 31%
Watch Dogs Legion 4% 33%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 9% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 12% 38%
Genshin Impact 1% 30%
FIFA 21 50% 65%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 12% 38%
eFootball PES 2021 50% 65%
Ghostrunner 12% 38%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 6% 34%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 6GB SLI.

The GTX 980 has a 202 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970M. This results in the GTX 980 providing 140.5 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 980 has a 202 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 970M. This results in the GTX 980 providing 55.4 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 970M 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 GTX 970M has 4096 MB more video memory than the GTX 980, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the GTX 980 has superior memory performance.

The GTX 980 has 208.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 970M, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 970M.

The GeForce GTX 970M 6GB SLI has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970M is 3432 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 3292 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 970M.

The GeForce GTX 970M 6GB SLI requires 150 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GTX 970M. The GTX 980 requires 200 Watts more than the GTX 970M to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 970M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed924 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock993 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-N16E-GT-A2 (x2)Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date07 Oct 2014vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

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1600x900 - vs green tick
10
1920x1080
10
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10
2560x1440 - vs green tick
9.9
3840x2160 - vs green tick
7.8

GPU Memory

Memory12288 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1253 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth240.6GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units160vs256
Texture Rate147.8 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs128
Pixel Rate88.7 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU-750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4930MX 4-Core 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 970M 6GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 970M 6GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

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.

GPU
It consists of 2 GPUs codenamed GM204-N16E-GT-A2 which, together, offer 2560 Shader Processing Units, 160 TMUs and 96 ROPs, on a 384-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 924MHz and goes up to 993MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1253MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 125W and 150W.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate this SLI setup is overall as fast as a desktop GeForce GTX 980 4GB. It surpasses GeForce GTX 880M in SLI easily and allows for even the most demanding games to be fully maxed out at 1080p.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Quad Core Processor) and 12GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 970M 6GB SLI.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

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.

GPU
It consists of 2 GPUs codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 128 ROPs, on a 512-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.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 300W and 400W.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is over 7% faster than AMD's Radeon R9 295X2.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Six Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 16GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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