Gigabyte GTX 980 and GTX 970 G1 Benchmarked – Evatech

With the drivers finally being released for Nvidia’s new GTX 9xx series, our technicians have finally had a chance to put our newest arrivals through their paces with a benchmark and temperature test. The GTX 980 and 970 are the newest additions to the Nvidia line up running on the more power efficient, DirectX 12 ready Maxwell architecture, announced today during Nvidia’s Game24 live stream.

If you haven’t already, checkout out our earlier posts where we unboxed and took photos of both the new 9xx series cards.


Gigabyte GTX 980 N980D5-4GD Unboxing

Gigabyte GTX 970 N970G1 Gaming-4GD Unboxing

GTX 970 G1 OverclockedGTX-970-G1-TopGTX-970-G1-End

The Rig

(All components running at stock clock speeds)

  • CPU : Intel Haswell 4790K
  • Motherboard : ASRock Fatal1ty Z97X-KILLER
  • MemoryAvexir 16GB 1600Mhz Blitz Gaming Dragon
  • CaseNZXT Phantom 530 Red
  • Power SupplySilverStone 750W Strider Plus Modular 80+ Silver
  • Operating System : Windows 7 64bit Pro
  • Storage Device : Samsung 250G 840 Evo

The Contestants

  • Gigabyte GTX 780 (N780OC-3GD) Driver 340.43
  • Gigabyte GTX 780 TI (N78TOC-3GD) Driver 340.43
  • Gigabyte GTX 980 (N980D5-4GD) Driver 344.11
  • Gigabyte GTX 970 OC (N970G1 Gaming-4GD) Driver 344.11

The Benchmark

  • Unigine Heaven V2.5 DirectX 11 1080p Preset Benchmark

The Results

Heaven Unigine Benchmark GTX 980
Heaven Unigine Benchmark
Furmark Burn In Temperature Test



As we are re-sellers of these products we wont be ‘reviewing’ these products, simply publishing our testing data and letting the public decide. Bare in mind when looking at the benchmark results above that the GTX 970 we tested was a factory overclocked model with a non-reference cooler. In fact the GTX 980 was the only non-factory overclocked reference cooler card of the bunch.

Both the new GTX 980 and GTX 970 G1 cards will be available in our Custom Gaming PC builder by the end of the day and available for purchase separately on our website.