GTX 970 vs GTX 780 Comparison Review

In this GTX 970 vs GTX 780 comparison review, we will take detailed differentiation on the good and bad of these two Nvidia graphics card unit.


The Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 is a game changer in performance per watt and value for money. It is based on the Maxwell architecture which ha s a better performance compared to its predecessor the Kepler architecture. It is was released on September 2014.

While the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 is a high-end graphics card and is based on the 28 nm Kepler architecture. It was released in the May of 2013.


The GTX 970 is codenamed Maxwell GM204-200-A1 while the GTX 780 is codenamed      Kepler GK110-300-A1. Both overclock potential is fair, and both has good driver support.

In the comparison we use the 4gb variant of both GTX 970 and 780. Memory speed on the 970 is greater at 1753 MHz compared to the 1502 MHz of the 780. Memory bus on the 970 is lower at 256bit compared to the 384bit of the 780. Both has GDDR5 for memory type.

Memory bandwidth on the 970 is lower compared to the 780. It has 224.4GB/sec only compared to the 288.4GB/sec of the 780.

Shader processing units on the 970 is lower compared to the 780. It has 1664 while the latter has 2304. Both have 100% actual shader performance. Texture mapping units on the 970 is edged by the 780, 192 to 104. Same also for the texture the 970 has only 109.2 GTexel/s while the 780 has 165.7 GTexel/s.

Render output units on 970 registers at 56, greater compared to the 48 only of the 780. Same with pixel rate the 980 has 58.8 GPixel/s compared to the 41.4 GPixel/s of the 780.

Power Consumption and System Suggestions

Let us proceed to the power consumption of these graphics’ cards on this GTX 970 vs GTX 780 comparison review. The GTX 970 has a rated board TDP of 145W and needs at least 500W of power supply with two available 6-pin connectors for power.

While the GTX 780 has a rated board TDP of 250W and needs at least 600W of power supply with also two available 6-pin connectors.

Both are best of resolution up to 2560×1440 and needs at least 8gb of RAM and a high-end CPU like Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz for optimal gaming performance.

Game Performance

In gaming benchmarks prove that the GTX 970 at 4k is over 25% faster that its predecessors. Benchmarks show that it can beat the GTX 780 in about 10%.

While for the GTX 780 the benchmarks show that it can bet the GTX 680 by about 30%. It can play even the most demanding games played at high settings at 1080p. With proper overclocking and cooling it van even surpass the GTX Titan.

In the UserBenchmark rank list of graphic cards, the 970 ranked at 59th while the 780 ranked a t 64th. This is out of the 617 listed graphics cards on their website.

We tested these two cards in terms of game FPS side by side using these games: Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto V, League of Legends, Overwatch, Battlefield 1, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, DOTA 2, World of Warcraft and World of Tanks.

Our tests revealed that GTX 970 surpassed the game FPS of the GTX 780 on these games: Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto V, Overwatch, Battlefield 1, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The GTX 970 edged the GTX 780 in five games. It has better game FPS performance than 780.

Final Verdict

Well the winner here is no other than The GTX 970. It shows both in the benchmark and real-world test on the twelve games that it can outperform the 780 on five games in terms of game FPS. Personally, that is what I investigate graphics card aside from the benchmarks.

That ends my GTX 970 vs GTX 780 comparison review, hope you like it. See you on the next one!