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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 & GTX 970 review leaked

NVIDIA is due to launch their new Maxwell based GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards in a few hours. It’ll be launched at NVIDIA’s Game24 event and that’s when its reviews and details will officially hit the web. However, we already know pretty much all the specifications of both the cards and now a complete review of the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 has also leaked giving us an even closer look at what we should expect. The review was published by EXPreview a couple of hours ago, they’ve taken it down now after realizing that they have broken the NDA however we’ve saved the screen shots and details for your pleasure.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Specifications:

As we’ve previously reported, the GeForce GTX 980 comes equipped with GM204-400 GPU which has 5.2 billion transistors. It comes packing 2048 CUDA cores, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The GTX 980 has a rather massive base clock of 1126 MHz and boost clock of 1216 MHz. It has 4GB of GDDR5 memory spread across a 256-bit wide memory interface. The memory is clocked at 1750 MHz. It has a TDP of 175W only which is a big step forward from Kepler based graphics card. It comes with two 6-pin PCIe power connectors.

In terms of cooling, NVIDIA’s has sticked to their NVTTM cooler which comes with last generation’s high-end cards like GTX 780 series and GTX Titan. However, some minor adjustments has been made to it. The metallic shroud has been extended a bit to cover the otherwise exposed DVI ports. Furthermore, the GTX 980 also comes with a black metallic backplate.

Earlier reports pegged the price of GeForce GTX 980’s price to be $599 whereas according to latest reports, it’ll be around $549.

GeForce GTX 980 Specifications

Architecture  Maxwell
Process 28 nm
GPU  GM204-400
Die Size  398 mm²
Transistors  5.2 billion
CUDA Cores  2048
TMUs  128
ROPs  64
Base Clock  1126 MHz
Boost Clock  1216 MHz
Memory Clock  1750 MHz
Memory Size  4 GB GDDR5
Memory Bus  256-bit
Memory Bandwidth  224 GB/s
Pixel Fillrate  72.1 GP/s
Texture Fillrate  144 GT/s
Power Connectors  2 x 6-pin
TDP  175 W
Launch Date  Sep 19th, 2014

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Performance:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 got tested in several synthetic and game benchmarks including 3DMark 11 Extreme, 3DMark Firestrike, Heaven 4.0, Dirt 3, Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider, Thief 4, Batman: Arkha Origins, Bioshock Infinite, LuxMark and ComputeMark. Since, EXPreview used the reference version hence it was running on reference clocks mentioned in the table above.

The card was pitted against the GTX 780 Ti and R9 290X. It turned out to be around 13% faster than the GTX 780 Ti and around 15% faster than the R9 290X.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Specifications:

The GeForce GTX 970 is a slightly cut down version of the GTX 980 running a the GM204-200 variation of the Maxwell chip. It has 1664 CUDA cores, 112 TMUs and 32 ROPs. Apart from slightly less hardware resources, it also comes with slightly lower base clock of 1051 MHz and boost clock of 1178 MHz. However, it has the same 4GB GDDR5 memory with a 256-bit wide interface. The memory clock is also the same at 1750 MHz.

The GTX 970 has also benefited from the power efficiency of Maxwell GPU as it comes with only 148W TDP. Furthermore, it has the same NVTTM cooler with the enhancement mentioned in the GTX 980 section.

Unlike previous reports of $399, the GTX 970 will be reportedly sold for $329.

GeForce GTX 970 Specifications

GPU GM204-200
Process 28 nm
CUDA Cores 1664
TMUs 112
ROPs 32
Memory Size 4 GB GDDR5
Core Clock 1051 MHz
Boost Clock 1178 MHz
Memory Clock 1750 MHz
Memory Interface 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 224.5 GB/s
TDP 148 W
Power Connectors 2 x 6-pin
DirectX Support 12
Launch Date Sep 19th, 2014

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Performance:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 got tested in several synthetic and game benchmarks including 3DMark 11 Extreme, 3DMark Firestrike, Heaven 4.0, Dirt 3, Sleeping Dogs, Tomb Raider, Thief 4, Batman: Arkha Origins, Bioshock Infinite, LuxMark and ComputeMark. However, EXPreview did not have access to the reference GTX 970 so they tested a slightly overclocked version of the card. It has 25 MHz extra base clock.

The card was pitted against the GTX 780 GHz ed. and R9 290X. It turned out to be around 4% slower than the GTX 780 GHz ed. and around 1.5% faster than the R9 290X.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 & GTX 970 Power Consumption:

This is the first time thermal performance and power consumption details of the GTX 980 and GTX 970 have leaked and both these characteristics hold quite a lot of importance for these cards as these are first real Maxwell graphics cards and they show how power efficient is this new GPU as compared to older Kepler GPUs.

Both the new GTX 980 and GTX 970 eat less power as compared to all currently available graphics cards including the GTX 780 Ti, GTX 780 GHz and AMD’s offerings in all kind of circumstances including idle and load.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 & GTX 970 Thermals:

As the new cards come with considerably lower TDP but same cooling systems so their thermal characteristics are also quite important. And as expected, both the new graphics card output considerably lower heat as compared to older cards like GTX 780 GHz, GTX 780 Ti and Radeon R9 290 and R9 290X.

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