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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB
Cyberpunk 2077 8% 40%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 1% 29%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 11% 44%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 56% 103%
Genshin Impact 9% 41%
eFootball PES 2021 45% 29%
FIFA 21 45% 29%
Watch Dogs Legion 5% 36%
Death Stranding 9% 41%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4% 25%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB.

The GTX 970 has a 38 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960 Ti. This results in the GTX 970 providing 12.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 970 has a 38 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 960 Ti, but the GTX 960 Ti has 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 970. As a result, the GTX 960 Ti exhibits a 6.3 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 970. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 960 Ti was released over a year more recently than the GTX 970, and so the GTX 960 Ti is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 970.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GTX 970 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 960 Ti, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 970 also has superior memory performance overall.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB are the same, which means the GTX 970 and the GTX 960 Ti have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition has 1664 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2759 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 Ti is 1809. The GTX 970 having 950 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 960 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition requires 145 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB requires 140 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 960 Ti. The GTX 970 requires 5 Watts more than the GTX 960 Ti to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 970 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 960 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1088 MHzvs1050 MHz
Boost Clock1228 MHzvs1178 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-200-A1Maxwell GM204-200-KD
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date29 Sep 2014vs31 Oct 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1792 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1664vs1536
Actual Shader Performance100%vs87%
Texture Mapping Units104vs96
Texture Rate113.2 GTexel/svs100.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units56vs64
Pixel Rate60.9 GPixel/svs67.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs0

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power145 Wattsvs140 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 30 Ampsvs450 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB created by Inno3D. It features a new Cooling Solution and overclocking out of the box. Read below to know more.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 1114MHz, instead of 1088MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1228MHz, instead of 1178MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Inno3D's HerculeZ Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Power Consumption
According to Inno3D, the Rated Board TDP remains the same: 145W. A 500W PSU with at least 2 6-pin available recommended is required. .

Release Price

Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB. Therefore, GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition is almost as fast Radeon R9 290X.
GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB is an upcoming high-end Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Maxwell architecture.

The first variant of the Maxwell Architecture succeeds the Kepler Architecture. Despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, it has an extremely large L2 Cache which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.

It equips a GPU codenamed GM204-200-KD which has 12 SM activated and thus offers 1536 Shader Processing Units, 96 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The central unit runs at ????MHz and goes up to ????MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.

DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 140W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

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System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB.
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