GTX 1070 vs GTX 980 Comparison Review

This a comparison review of GTX 1070 vs GTX 980, we will compare these two great graphic cards from Nvidia side by side and the detail the good and bad.


Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 is a card released after the 1080. It features the 16nm Pascal architecture and is an energy efficient GPU. This card was released in 2nd quarter of 2016, two years after the release of 980.

While the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 is a high-end graphic card the is based on the Maxwell architecture. It was released on the 3rd quarter of 2014. This GPU surpassed the GTX 780 Ti and it is cheaper. Additionally, it was more efficient. GTX 980 was superseded by GTX 1080.


GTX 1070 is codenamed P104-200-A1 while the GTX 980 is codenamed GM204-400-A1. The 1070 has good overclock potential while the 980 performs fairly and both have great driver support.

Shader Processing Units on the 1070 at 1920 was surpassed by the 980 at 2048. Like I said the 1070 has the 16nm technology while the 980 has 28nm.

Texture mapping of 120 on the 1070 was a bit lower compared to the 128 of the 980. In the texture rate category, the 1070 surpassed the 980, 180.7 GTexel/s compared to the 144.1 GTexel/s of 980. Pixel rate on GTX 1070 registers at 96.4 GPixel/s greater than the 980, at 72.1 GPixel/s.

The 1070 comes with an 8gb memory while the 980 comes in 4gb. The 1070 clearly surpass the 980 in terms of memory speed, 2002 MHz to 1753 MHz respectively. Both have the same Memory bus of 256-bit and have the same memory type GDDR5. The GTX 1070 surpasses the GTX 980 in terms of memory bandwidth, 1070 has 256.3GB/sec while the 980 has 224.4GB/sec.

Power Consumption

To proceed on this GTX 1070 vs GTX 980 comparison review, let us talk about power consumption. Max power TDP of GTX 1070 is 150 watts while the GTX 980 is 165 slightly greater. Both GPUs at least need a Power Supply Unit of 500 watts, but the 1070 need 30 amps while the 980 at 42 amps. Both GPUS need two 6-pin connectors for power connection.


Performance wise, basing on gaming benchmarks, the GTX 1070 is high-end performance. It is capable of gaming at 1080p across modern AAA games using high graphics setting. It can deliver up to 60 FPS or more basing on our test.

While the GTX 980, basing on gaming benchmarks is 20% faster than its predecessor at 4k resolution. It is even faster by 7% compared to GeForce 780 Ti.

We tested the performance of these for Game FPS using the most common 12 games. We tested it on CSGO, Fortnite, PUBG, GTA V, LOL, Battlefield 1, the Witcher, DOTA 2, WOW, World of Tanks and Minecraft. Our test revels that GTX 1070 surpasses GTX 980 on these 12 games. It just left the 980 in the dust when it comes to game FPS and performance.

Final Verdict

Between these two graphic cards, I would highly recommend going with the GTX 1070 it is simply the faster graphics card between the two. It beats the 980 on game FPS in all the 12 most popular games today. It is clearly a great performing graphic card between this two.

That ends my GTX 1070 vs GTX 980 comparison review. Hope you learned a lot.