AMD Radeon HD 8970 OEM vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

Price now 119$
Games supported 88%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1050
  • Max video memory 4 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 7.0 Gbps
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon HD 8970 OEM
Radeon HD 8970 OEM
  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 925 MHz
  • Max video memory 3 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 5500 MHz
  • Maximum resolution
Price now no data
Games supported 39%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating155not rated
Place by popularity47no data
Value for money30.43no data
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)GCN 1.0 (2012−2020)
GPU code nameGM204Tahiti
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date19 September 2014
(8 years old)
8 January 2013
(10 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$329 no data
Current price$119 (0.4x MSRP)no data
Value for money

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores16642048
CUDA cores1664no data
Core clock speed1050 MHz925 MHz
Boost clock speed1178 MHzno data
Number of transistors5,200 million4,313 million
Manufacturing process technology28 nm28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)145 Watt250 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature98 °Cno data
Texture fill rate109 billion/sec118.4
Floating-point performance3,920 gflops3,789 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).

Bus supportPCI Express 3.0no data
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
Length10.5" (26.7 cm)274 mm
Height4.376" (11.1 cm)no data
Recommended system power (PSU)500 Wattno data
Supplementary power connectors2x 6-pins1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
SLI options+no data


Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount4 GB3 GB
Memory bus width256 Bit384 Bit
Memory clock speed7.0 GB/s5500 MHz
Memory bandwidth224 GB/s264.0 GB/s
Shared memory-no data

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsDual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.21x DVI, 1x HDMI, 2x mini-DisplayPort
Multi monitor support4 displaysno data
HDCP+no data
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536no data
G-SYNC support+no data
Audio input for HDMIInternalno data


Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

GameStream+no data
GeForce ShadowPlay+no data
GPU Boost2.0no data
GameWorks+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (12_1)12 (11_1)
Shader Model6.45.1
CUDA+no data

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 970 and Radeon HD 8970 OEM. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 478 Mh/s no data
Decred / DCR (Decred) 1.51 Gh/s no data
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 22.21 Mh/s no data
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight) 0.48 kh/s no data
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash) 291.61 Sol/s no data

Advantages and disadvantages

Recency 19 September 2014 8 January 2013
Memory bus width 256 384
Pipelines / CUDA cores 1664 2048
Memory bandwidth 224 264
Thermal design power (TDP) 145 Watt 250 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 970


AMD Radeon HD 8970 OEM
Radeon HD 8970 OEM

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Competitors of GeForce GTX 970 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 970 from AMD is Radeon RX 590.

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Competitors of Radeon HD 8970 OEM by NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon HD 8970 OEM from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 970.

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