Originally Posted by iLeakStuff
5% faster than 970 and 24W less
But we're talking last-gen Nvidia vs current-gen AMD. Hell, under-five-years-old AMD is equally appropriate. They were still
releasing driver updates for TeraScale until last fall, an architecture they stopped selling with the 7000 series (other than crap OEM rebrands, but those never count). The Nvidia conspiracies that they were crippling performance on previous gen card? They weren't entirely without merit. I don't think it was intentionally crippling them per se but rather failing to optimize and focusing on the current-gen stuff instead. Meanwhile, AMD continues to optimize their GPUs regardless of age. Take a look:
The 270X vs the 760 is the most interesting case since it's over the longest time and has GPUs from the same tiers as the 970, 1070, and RX 480 competing. In 2.5 years, AMD drivers have managed to - assuming Nvidia drivers did absolutely nothing for or against the 760 - give about 40% extra performance for free
to 270X owners.
So the 970 might lose by 5% now. But give it a couple years, and it will be losing by about 30% if not more.