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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970 4GB run games
13 Dec 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the GeForce GTX 970 4GB is only really challenged by the most demanding games released today, but normally it is more than capable of running games with a stable frame rate at 1080p. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

This PC hardware performance game review for the GeForce GTX 970 4GB graphics card, when running 2019 more popular games, lets us see what type of FPS this card gets when playing at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions and ultra settings. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 526 games in the list.

Running at 1080p this card is predicted to get a playable frame rate from Cyberpunk 2077 with 27 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare which returns a playable 40 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Microsoft Flight Simulator which we predict will get a playable 27 FPS.

We move on to 1440p, and predict that Cyberpunk 2077 will deliver weak FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 53 FPS, Medium: 42 FPS, High: 28 FPS and Ultra: 20 FPS. Next we have Call of Duty: Modern Warfare running on GeForce GTX 970 4GB which gets L: 80FPS, M: 63FPS, H: 42FPS, U: 30FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Microsoft Flight Simulator is predicted to get L: 53FPS, M: 42FPS, H: 28FPS, U: 20FPS at 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the GeForce GTX 970 4GB we get the impression that it is in need of some graphics adjustments to get some stability, which means its not an ideal gaming resolution for this GPU.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 970 4GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 970 4GB in your PC? No graphics card upgrade required for around 2 years

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 970 4GB? A suitable upgrade choice for the GeForce GTX 970 4GB is the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, which is 44% more powerful and can run 894 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements. An alternative great upgrade graphics card would be a R-500 Series Radeon RX 590 8GB, which has 22% better performance and can run 848 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
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The GeForce GTX 970 4GB was released on 19 Sep 2014

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Architecture
Maxwell GM204-200-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
104
Texture Rate
123 GTexel/s
ROPs
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Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
5120x3200
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SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1753 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache
1792KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
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DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
3
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1050 MHz
Boost Clock
1178 MHz
Power
Max Power
145 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 30 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
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8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
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GeForce GTX 970 4GB Game Requirement Analysis

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.


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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 42% 7%
Halo: Reach 85% 66%
Cyberpunk 2077 34% 47%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 80% 47%
Borderlands 3 31% 13%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 66% 3%
Detroit: Become Human 51% 62%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 34% 47%
FIFA 20 59% 43%
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Should I replace my GTX 1050 for an used GTX 970 ? will I see a large difference ?

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Can i play latest game with this card together with my i5 4460 without bottleneck?

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what do you mean by play? 30 fps or 60 fps or 120 fps? Low, medium or high settings? 1080p or 1440p?

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1080p medium shuld be fine

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can i install gtx 970 4gb with itel i5 3.1ghz ??

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You should be fine little bottleneck in CPU intensive games, but nothing game-breaking.

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its a good combination but if you have not bought the cpu than buy core i7 6700

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is this card worth buying for £100 ($130)
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Absolutly.

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I highly recommend this card. Still handles everything I throw at it at high/max settings - it's simply the best card I've ever owned.

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I am interested in whether it is worth to buy this graphics card for 250$ or wait.

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I don't know if it's still relevant for you but it still is a pretty good graphics card. I can play basically everything on ultra on 1080p, aside from some very new and heavy games. (Like star citizen)

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In my experience it even handles Star Citizen fine. The performance in PU based on their servers, not your hardware. If it can run Arena Commander, it can run Star Citizen in the graphics department. (I run on High with 40+fps)

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I rate this card 3.5/4.

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Praise kek.

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is it bottleneck to my cpu ? fx 6300

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yea slighty in cpu tensive games you must to consider you can oc this cpu so you should be able to minimaze bottleneck

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It certainly will, doesn't even have to be particularly CPU intensive. Speaking from experience. Just like Aditrex said, OCing should get you maybe another year. The FX6300 is getting up there in age though, I think you should be looking into upgrading soon.

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thanks a lot, sorry late. some peole said if you have amd cpu you better use amd gpu , is it true ?

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I haven't found any solid proof of that but I would personally do so, I just like having either pure red (AMD) rig or an Intel/Nvidia combo. :D

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Beril2495 not true its better if you pair with nvidia card less overhead in dx 11 which i have proof right here fx 8350 paired with 970 will give better performance overall then pairing with r9 390 which is direct rival to nvidia here is prfect example of amds overhead problem in some games .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S546TL2LWNY
you need abit better cpu for amd cards speaking in general

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Thanks guys for your informations

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how about gtx 950 ?

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It would go quite well with your FX 6300, you could experience slight bottleneck on very CPU intensive games but should be fine in general. If you'd like an AMD card the equivalent then maybe a R9 270X (ask around on GD first though, I don't know much about AMD stuff :D) Also note that AMD is less power efficient so check if your PSU can handle it.

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Thanks bro

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would go for 960 instead i think its prfect combo with fx6300

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@Aditrex Really? At first glance I would've guessed there would be a bottleneck.

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noup fx 6300 is prfectly fine capable for gtx 960 or r9 380

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Have you tested it? As in physically owned it, benchmarked it and monitored the CPU and GPU usage? I did and it bottlenecked my 970. Granted there is a large performance gap between the 960 and the 970.

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yea but even overclocked it can handle gtx 970 just fine depends which game of course but like i said i would not go any higher then gtx 960 770 or r9 280x r9 380x have myself fx 6100 overclocked 4.4ghz so i would not go higher then those mentioned gpus

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can thermaltake smart se 530W handle this beast??

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Of course. Seems to have enough amperage and your i5 is not particularly power hungry either.

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Thnx bro.im getting this card for 280$(used) but gtx 1060 3gb is also going to be 280$ in my country.Which one do u prefer??

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I would go for the GTX 970 used over 1060 3GB. It should be slightly better or worse performing than 1060 3GB, seeing as how 1060 6GB is near-equal to a 980 and 3GB is slightly cut down. But, 970 has more VRAM.

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How many years this gonna be on top?

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