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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 EVGA SSC ACX+ 2.0 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 5% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3% 36%
Genshin Impact 6% 30%
eFootball PES 2021 47% 65%
FIFA 21 47% 65%
Watch Dogs Legion 2% 33%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 7% 29%
Marvel's Avengers 0% 34%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 51% 0%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 7% 38%

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 970 EVGA SSC ACX+ 2.0 4GB Edition.

The GTX 970 has a 64 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 152 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 164.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 970. 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 64 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 72 more Render Output Units than the GTX 970. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 77.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 970. 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 GTX 980 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 GTX 980 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 has 224.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 970, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 970.

The GeForce GTX 970 EVGA SSC ACX+ 2.0 4GB Edition has 1664 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 3015 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 3709 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 970.

The GeForce GTX 970 EVGA SSC ACX+ 2.0 4GB Edition requires 145 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 205 Watts more than the GTX 970 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 970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1190 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1342 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-200-A1Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date08 Jan 2015vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1920x1080
10
green tick vs green tick
10
2560x1440
7.6
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9.9
3840x2160
5.7
vs green tick
7.8

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1792 KB 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 Units1664vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units104vs256
Texture Rate123.8 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units56vs128
Pixel Rate66.6 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power145 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 970 EVGA SSC ACX+ 2.0 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB, created by EVGA.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1190MHz, instead of 1050MHz and goes up to 1342MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The new EVGA ACX 2.0+ cooler brings new features to the award winning EVGA ACX 2.0 cooling technology. A Memory MOSFET Cooling Plate (MMCP) reduces MOSFET and Memory temperatures and optimized Straight Heat Pipes (SHP) reduce GPU temperature by an additional 5C. ACX 2.0+ coolers also feature optimized Swept fan blades, double ball bearings and an extreme low power motor, delivering more air flow with less power, unlocking additional power for the GPU.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 7% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.
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.
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