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GeForce GTX 1070 vs GeForce GTX 970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 features a clock speed of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and uses a 16 nm design. It is comprised of 1920 SPUs, 120 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 970, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1050 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 1664 SPUs as well as 104 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1070 18174 points
GeForce GTX 970 10867 points
Difference: 7307 (67%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1070 436 Sol/s
GeForce GTX 970 262 Sol/s
Difference: 174 (66%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 970 145 Watts
GeForce GTX 1070 150 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1070 should be just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 970 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 262144 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 970 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 38144 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 will be much (more or less 65%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 970. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 180720 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 71520 (65%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 should be much (approximately 43%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GTX 970, and able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 96384 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 29184 (43%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1070 GeForce GTX 970
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2016 September 2014
Code Name GP104-200 GM204-200
Memory 8192 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 145 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 224000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 180720 Mtexels/sec 109200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96384 Mpixels/sec 67200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 1664
Texture Mapping Units 120 104
Render Output Units 64 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 7200 million 5200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1070

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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