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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 168% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 147% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 175% 29%
Genshin Impact 170% 30%
eFootball PES 2021 36% 65%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 288% 0%
Watch Dogs Legion 161% 33%
FIFA 21 36% 65%
Marvel's Avengers 156% 34%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 139% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 426 MHz higher core clock speed and 200 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 470. This results in the GTX 980 providing 249.1 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 426 MHz higher core clock speed and 88 more Render Output Units than the GTX 470. This results in the GTX 980 providing 116.1 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 980 was released over three years more recently than the GTX 470, and so the GTX 980 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 470 when running the latest games.

The GTX 980 has 6912 MB more video memory than the GTX 470, 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 314.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 470, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition has 448 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 470 is 627 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 6097 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 470.

The GTX 980 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 470. This means that the GTX 980 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 470.

The GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition requires 215 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 470 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 135 Watts more than the GTX 470 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 470.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed700 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1216 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF100-275-A3Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date09 Jul 2010vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

Memory1280 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed837 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus320 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth133.9GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 640 KB vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units448vs4096
Actual Shader Performance30%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units56vs256
Texture Rate39.2 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units40vs128
Pixel Rate28 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power215 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU550 Watts & 37 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-930 Quad 2.80GHzvsIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 470 Gigabyte SOC 1.2GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 470, created by Gigabyte.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 700MHz, instead of 608MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution
WindForce 3X Cooling System: features 3 ultra quiet PWM fans, three copper heat pipes and a unique vapor chamber to strengthen the speed of heat dissipation.

Benchmarks Indicate a 10% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 470.
GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

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.

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.

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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