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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 68% 13%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 54% 3%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 49% 0%
FIFA 21 15% 43%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 49% 0%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 141% 62%
Watch Dogs Legion 62% 9%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 37% 8%
Grand Theft Auto VI 136% 59%
Genshin Impact 68% 13%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition.

The GTX 960 has a 115 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 970, but the GTX 970 has 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960. As a result, the GTX 970 exhibits a 34.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 960. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 960 has a 115 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 970, but the GTX 970 has 24 more Render Output Units than the GTX 960. As a result, the GTX 970 exhibits a 21.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 960. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 960 was released less than a year after the GTX 970, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

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, 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 GTX 970 has 112.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 960, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is massively better than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 4GB has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1698 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2646. The GTX 970 having 948 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970 4GB requires 145 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970. The GTX 970 requires 25 Watts more than the GTX 960 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.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1165 MHzvs1050 MHz
Boost Clock1228 MHzvs1178 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM206-300-A1Maxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date22 Jan 2015vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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10
1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
8.2
vs green tick
9.9
2560x1440
6
vs green tick
7.4
3840x2160
4.4
vs green tick
5.6

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.2GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 1792 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs1664
Actual Shader Performance82%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs104
Texture Rate74.6 GTexel/svs109.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs56
Pixel Rate37.3 GPixel/svs58.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs145 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 29 Ampsvs500 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Far Cry 4vs
Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by Gigabyte.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1165MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1228MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
Packed with GIGABYTE’s unique blade fan design and pure copper heat pipe direct touch (HDT) technology, delivering superior cooling capacity and heat transfer efficiency at an extremely low noise level. Optimized fan speed according to real-time GPU temperature, effectively improving power efficiency. Measuring merely 17cm in length, the card, perfectly compatible for building most of the PCs from ATX to mini-ITX.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
Overview
GeForce GTX 970 4GB is a high-end Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture. Its relatively low release price and mind-blowing performance made it an extremely competitive product. Read below to know more.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression 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.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds the VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) Technology which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA Technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM204-200-A1 which has 13 SM activated and thus offers 1664 Shader Processing Units, 104 TMUs and 56 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1050MHz and goes up to 1178MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

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

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan and is identical to the one seen on GeForce GTX 770. The Card is known to run cool and has a maximum operating temperature of 95ºC.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 145W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

Release Price
Pricing is lower than the one seen on its predecessors - $329.99 and makes it an extremely competitive product.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 970 4GB is over 25% faster than its predecessor and even beats GeForce GTX 780 in about 10%.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 970 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
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