Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 Review


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The Nvidia Gefore GTX 970 is the new generation of graphic cards from Nvidia and is the successor to the GTX 860. However the graphic card has mouth watering in specs for its price, it has it’s unusual flaws. Some say that it doesn’t allocate it’s 4gb vram efficiently and thus causes performance problems. With my personal experience, i agree with whats up on the internet and have noticed that around half a GB on the card is not utilised.

The GeForce GTX 970 is based on the company’s new GM204 GPU which is the same as the company’s flagship GTX 980.

The main difference is that the 970 is configured with fewer active SMMs, a slightly lower clock speed, and a lower TDP, GTX 970 fills the gap by providing a lower performance but much lower priced alternative to the flagship GTX 980.In fact at $329 it’s some 40% cheaper than GTX 980, one of the largest discounts for a second-tier GeForce card in recent memory.

According to me, these diffences are acceptable considering a $220 drop for it. I havent got a chance to experience a 980 but according to my analysis, it’s already soaring charts and leaving others behind.

NVIDIA GPU Specification Comparison
GTX 980 GTX 970 (CorrecteD) GTX 780 GTX 770
CUDA Cores 2048 1664 2304 1536
Texture Units 128 104 192 128
ROPs 64 56 48 32
Core Clock 1126MHz 1050MHz 863MHz 1046MHz
Boost Clock 1216MHz 1178MHz 900Mhz 1085MHz
Memory Clock 7GHz GDDR5 7GHz GDDR5 6GHz GDDR5 7GHz GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit 384-bit 256-bit
VRAM 4GB 4GB 3GB 2GB
FP64 1/32 FP32 1/32 FP32 1/24 FP32 1/24 FP32
TDP 165W 145W 250W 230W
GPU GM204 GM204 GK110 GK104
Transistor Count 5.2B 5.2B 7.1B 3.5B
Manufacturing Process TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm
Launch Date 09/18/14 09/18/14 05/23/13 05/30/13
Launch Price $549 $329 $649 $399

Ok! now lets head to see what the fps in different games :

Game 1080p FHD 2160p 4K UHD
GTA V 30 43
The Witcher 3 : WILD HUNT 43 18
BATTLEFIELD : HARDLINE 93 35
DYING LIGHT 62 29
ASSASSINS CREED UNTIY 44 19
FAR CRY 4 59 29
DRAGIN AGE INQUISITION 56 19
COD ADVANCED WARFARE 92 72
METRO LAST LIGHT 73 27
BATTLEFIELD 4 76 35
WATCH DOGS 53 25
CRYSIS 3 72 30
SHADOW OF MORDOR 77 31
RYSE SON OF ROME 74 26
FAR CRY 3 62 41
BIOSHOCK INFINITE 100 40
TOMB RAIDER 2013 88 59
ASSASSINS CREED BLACK FLAG 52  –
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                                 The ports available

According to the results and my analysis, i can surely say that the gtx 970 surely struggles under load. The flagship Radeon R9 290X delivers performance similar to the GTX 970 in most cases, includes 4GB to 8GB of memory with a wider 512-bit memory bus (as opposed to the GTX 970’s 256-bit bus), and can often be found for less than the $330 and up Nvidia card—and sometimes far less if you can find juicy rebates. That makes the Radeon better suited for situations that require more memory—again, very high resolutions and/or cranked anti-aliasing settings—but AMD’s cards are far less energy efficient than Nvidia’s. Decisions, decisions.

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