First NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 review leaks out

Published: Sep 18th 2014, 14:32 GMT

Guys over at WCCF found the first review of yet announced GTX 980 and GTX 970.

This is how the reference GeForce GTX 980 looks like. What you didn’t see yet is the packaging. What’s cool about is that it has Maxwell’s equations written on it!

I’m kidding I hate Maxwell’s equations…

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Retail GM204-400 GPU and reference PCB.

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GeForce GTX 980 vs GTX 780 Ti

GeForce GTX 980 is officially faster than GTX 780 TI. The average boost over 780 Ti is 13%, but in synthetic benchmarks you can see even higher difference. We also saw 4k benchmarks, and despite 256-bit interface this card does pretty well.


GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon R9 290X

Technically if GTX 980 is already faster than GTX 780 Ti, then it should also outperform 290X. According to Expreview charts, GeForce GTX 980 is indeed 15% faster than 290X.


GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon R9 290X

The main competitor for GTX 970 is R9 290X. Expreview have custom sample, so it’s hard to say how these numbers correspond to reference models.


GeForce GTX 970 vs GTX 780 GHz

Expreview managed to find a good card for comparison. The GTX 780 GHz Edition offers almost the same performance as GTX 970. However GTX 970 has still a huge headroom for overclocking. This battle is only about power consumption and .. the price.


GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 power consumption

I think we will all agree that GTX 900 series offer amazing energy efficiency. It doesn’t matter if we look at synthetic or stress testing, GTX 980 and GTX 970 will always consume less power than any other card in this comparison.


GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 noise test

Expreview only had custom 970 sample, so we can’t say how reference GTX 970 would do in this test, what we do know however is that 970 and 980 both have the same cooler, so it’s quite easy to predict how silent or noisy these cards are.


Source: WCCF, Expreview (link down)

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