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Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI GeForce GTX 970M 6GB SLI

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 6GB SLI.

The RTX 2080 Ti has a 426 MHz higher core clock speed and 112 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970M. This results in the RTX 2080 Ti providing 219.4 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 RTX 2080 Ti has a 426 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Render Output Units than the GTX 970M. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the RTX 2080 Ti manages to provide 30.1 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 RTX 2080 Ti was released over three years more recently than the GTX 970M, and so the RTX 2080 Ti is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 970M 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 1024 MB more video memory than the RTX 2080 Ti, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the RTX 2080 Ti has superior memory performance.

The RTX 2080 Ti has 375.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 970M, which means that the memory performance of the RTX 2080 Ti is massively better than the GTX 970M.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI has 4352 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB SLI has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the RTX 2080 Ti is 7116 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970M is 3432. The RTX 2080 Ti having 3684 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RTX 2080 Ti delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 970M.

The RTX 2080 Ti transistor size technology is 16 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 970M. This means that the RTX 2080 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 970M.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI requires 260 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970M 6GB SLI requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the RTX 2080 Ti. The RTX 2080 Ti requires 110 Watts more than the GTX 970M to run. The difference is significant enough that the RTX 2080 Ti may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 970M.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1350 MHzvs924 MHz
Boost Clock1635 MHzvs993 MHz
ArchitectureTuring TU102-300A-K1-A1Maxwell GM204-N16E-GT-A2 (x2)
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date20 Sep 2018vs07 Oct 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory11264 MBvs12288 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1253 MHz
Memory Bus352 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth616GB/secvs240.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 6144 KB green tick vs 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4352vs2560
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units272vs160
Texture Rate367.2 GTexel/svs147.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units88vs96
Pixel Rate118.8 GPixel/svs88.7 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections3vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power260 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU650 Watts-

GPU Features

Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL-vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnoyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-8700K 6-Core 3.7GHzvsIntel Core i7-4930MX 4-Core 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs12 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs2560x1600

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Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the top RTX 20 Series graphics card and considered an Enthusiast graphics card based on the Turing architecture. Architecture The Turing architecture represents a process shrink down to 12nm compared to 14nm Pascal. The Turing architecture provides the world's first consumer support for real-time ray-tracing technology, or RTX. GPU It equips a GPU Codenamed TU102 which has 4352 Shader Processing Units, 272 TMUs and 88 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1350MHz and goes up to 1545MHz in Boost mode. It also has 544 Tensor Cores for AI purposes. Memory The GPU accesses an 11GB frame buffer of first-gen GDDR6 memory through a 352-bit memory interface, while the Memory clock operates at 1750MHz, or 14GHz effective. Power Consumption With a rated board TDP of 285W, it requires at least a 650W PSU with two 8-pin power connectors. System Suggestions GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a top-End Processor and at least 16GB of RAM for optimal performance.Overview
GeForce GTX 970M 6GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 970M 6GB 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-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.

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.
Recommended CPU-Intel Core i7-4930MX 4-Core 3.0GHz
Intel Core i7-5950HQ 4-Core 2.9GHz
Intel Core i7-4980HQ 4-Core 2.8GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades-N/A
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