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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 33% 13%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 39% 3%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 41% 0%
Hitman 3 13% 47%
Grand Theft Auto VI 6% 59%
FIFA 21 66% 43%
Far Cry 6 3% 64%
Genshin Impact 33% 13%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 4% 62%
Watch Dogs Legion 35% 9%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB.

The GTX 1080 has a 658 MHz higher core clock speed and 56 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. This results in the GTX 1080 providing 164.1 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 1080 has a 658 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 970. This results in the GTX 1080 providing 50.5 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 1080 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 970, and so the GTX 1080 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 970.

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 1080 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 1080 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 1080 has 98.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 970, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 1080 is massively better than the GTX 970.

The GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 4GB has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1080 is 6383 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2646. The GTX 1080 having 3737 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 1080 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 970.

The GTX 1080 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 970. This means that the GTX 1080 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 970.

The GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB 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 1080 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970. The GTX 1080 requires 35 Watts more than the GTX 970 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 1080 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 22.1 FPS on Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator

22.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 54.8 FPS on Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

54.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 57.5 FPS on Assassins Creed: Valhalla

Assassins Creed: Valhalla

57.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 57.6 FPS on Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

57.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 58.3 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

58.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 62.5 FPS on Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn

62.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 62.8 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

62.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 65.2 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

65.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 66.1 FPS on Marvel's Avengers

Marvel's Avengers

66.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 69.2 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

69.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 69.9 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

69.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 70.2 FPS on Control

Control

70.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 73 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

73 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 74 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

74 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 76.4 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

76.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 77.4 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

77.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 79.1 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

79.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 80.1 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

80.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 82.4 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

82.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 86.9 FPS on PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

86.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 87.1 FPS on Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV

87.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 88.8 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

88.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 89.2 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

89.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 90.2 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

90.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 90.8 FPS on Gears 5

Gears 5

90.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 97.1 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

97.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 97.3 FPS on The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

97.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 98 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

98 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 98.5 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

98.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 98.8 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

98.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 101 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

101 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 101.9 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

101.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 105.3 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

105.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 105.8 FPS on Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order

Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order

105.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 107 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

107 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 107.2 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

107.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 108.5 FPS on Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal

108.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 108.8 FPS on Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

108.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 110.2 FPS on F1 2019

F1 2019

110.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 130.2 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

130.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 155.7 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

155.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 157.4 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

157.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 175.5 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

175.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 16.2 FPS on Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

16.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 19.9 FPS on Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator

19.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 21.2 FPS on Marvel's Avengers

Marvel's Avengers

21.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 22.3 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

22.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 22.5 FPS on Control

Control

22.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 22.9 FPS on Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

22.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 23.3 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

23.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 24 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

24 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 25.4 FPS on Assassins Creed: Valhalla

Assassins Creed: Valhalla

25.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 27.2 FPS on Gears 5

Gears 5

27.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 27.6 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

27.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 27.7 FPS on The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

27.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 28.6 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

28.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 29.3 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

29.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 29.6 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

29.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 30.6 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

30.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 31.8 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

31.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 31.8 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

31.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 32.4 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

32.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 33.3 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

33.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 33.8 FPS on Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV

33.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 34.4 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

34.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 35 FPS on Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn

35 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 35.3 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

35.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 36.1 FPS on Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order

Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order

36.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 36.7 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

36.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 36.8 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

36.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 37.9 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

37.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 39.7 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

39.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 40.8 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

40.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 40.9 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

40.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 41.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

41.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 41.8 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

41.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 43.6 FPS on Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

43.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 45.6 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

45.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 47.9 FPS on F1 2019

F1 2019

47.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 48.4 FPS on PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

48.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 52.9 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

52.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 59.1 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

59.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 59.2 FPS on Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal

59.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 59.7 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

59.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 59.9 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

59.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 67.5 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

67.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 21.6 FPS on Microsoft Flight Simulator

Microsoft Flight Simulator

21.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 35 FPS on Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

35 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 38.8 FPS on Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

38.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 43.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Valhalla

Assassins Creed: Valhalla

43.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 44.7 FPS on Control

Control

44.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 45.2 FPS on Marvel's Avengers

Marvel's Avengers

45.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 47.3 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

47.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 48.2 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

48.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 50.8 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

50.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 51.9 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

51.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 52.4 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

52.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 53.5 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

53.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 54 FPS on Horizon: Zero Dawn

Horizon: Zero Dawn

54 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 55.7 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

55.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 56.4 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

56.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 57.1 FPS on Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV

57.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 58.8 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

58.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 59.2 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

59.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 60.2 FPS on Gears 5

Gears 5

60.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 61.4 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

61.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 62.5 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

62.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 62.5 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

62.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 64.3 FPS on The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

64.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 65.3 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

65.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 65.4 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

65.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 66.8 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

66.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 71.1 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

71.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 73 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

73 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 74.1 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

74.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 74.5 FPS on Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order

Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order

74.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 74.6 FPS on Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

74.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 77.9 FPS on F1 2019

F1 2019

77.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 82.4 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

82.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 82.7 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

82.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 85 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

85 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 88.4 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

88.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 91.6 FPS on Doom Eternal

Doom Eternal

91.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 96.1 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

96.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 103.5 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

103.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 110.5 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

110.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 114.7 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

114.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition gets 116.5 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

116.5 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1708 MHzvs1050 MHz
Boost Clock1847 MHzvs1178 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P104-400-A1Maxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date27 May 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1600x900
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1920x1080
10
green tick vs
9.9
2560x1440
9.7
green tick vs
7.4
3840x2160
7.7
green tick vs
5.6

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1263 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5XvsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth323.3GB/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 Units2560vs1664
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units160vs104
Texture Rate273.3 GTexel/svs109.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs56
Pixel Rate109.3 GPixel/svs58.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power180 Wattsvs145 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 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 i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 1080, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1607MHz to 1708MHz, whereas the Boost Clock can now achieve 1847MHz, instead of 1733MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock has been increased from 1250MHZ to 1263MHz.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Just like in games, the exclusive MSI TORX 2.0 Fan technology uses the power of teamwork to allow the TWIN FROZR VI to achieve new levels of cool. TORX 2.0 Fan design generates 22% more air pressure for supremely silent performance in the heat of battle.

Performance
At 1920x1080, Benchmarks Indicate a 5% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 1080. This goes up to 7% at 3840x2160.
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.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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