The first performance review of NVIDIA’s upcoming GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce 970 graphics cards was published. It looks like it was a mistake as the review was soon taken down, but we were able to grab most of the slides to show you performance comparisons between NVIDIA’s new GM204 silicon, the older GK110 and AMD’s Hawaii.
So we already know quite a bit about both the GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970. We will not be going over details in this post, you can find all of that information in this article.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Performance
The reference GeForce GTX 980 was tested in many synthetic and gaming benchmarks that included 3DMark 11 Extreme, 3DMark Firestrike, Heaven 4.0, Dirt 3, Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider, Thief 4, Batman: Arkha Origins, Bioshock Infinite, LuxMark, ComputeMark. It was tested directly against the GeForce GTX 780 Ti and AMD R9 280X. On average it was 13.27% faster than the GeForce GTX 780 Ti and 15.75% faster than the AMD R9 290X. Click on the graphs below to see them in full size.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Performance
An overclocked GeForce GTX 970 was tested in the same benchmarks as listed above. It was put up against the Radeon R9 290X and a GeForce GTX 780 GHz Edition. It turned out to be 1.57% faster than the AMD R9 290X and 4.63% slower than the GeForce GTX 780 GHz edition. Click on the graphs below to see them in full size.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 / 970 Power & Thermals
Now we have the much anticipated power consumption and temperatures for the new GM204-based cards. Looking at the graph below we can see just how efficient the GTX 980 is consuming only 47W during idle and 183W during gaming. Check out the graphs below to see both the power consumption and temperatures. Click on the graphs below to see them in full size.