As much difference as knowing that a 970 has 3.5Gb fast VRAM and 0.5GB of slower VRAM instead of the 4.0Gb VRAM I thought it had? The card still performs as well as it did when it was launched. It performs as well as it did last week, when you were perfectly happy with it. But people get so hung up on what they think they know... Resale values always take a nose dive --such is the world of computer hardware. In two years' time we'll have 4k cards and the 970 and 980 will be obsolete as far as hard-core gamers are concerned. You don't buy gaming hardware for future proofing. You buy what allows you to play games now, at the cheapest price possible, because in two, three years you'll be upgrading again. The 970 is the wise gamer's choice. Exactly. I am baffled how people aim to game at top 4k settings, on expensive 4k monitors, but then skimp on the GPU. If that is your ambition, buy the top-end card. Anything else is a compromise.