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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition run games
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

What FPS performance can the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition get on latest AAA 2020 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. In comparison to the game recommended requirements of the 1000 most demanding games played today this PC hardware can run 472.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition is running Horizon: Zero Dawn and delivering reasonable performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 46 frames per second. Comparing this to Marvel's Avengers which is predicted to get playable results, where it averages 30 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Assassins Creed: Valhalla, which is predicted to run at 20 frames per second.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at Horizon: Zero Dawn where it was playable. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 93 FPS, Medium: 73 FPS, High: 49 FPS and Ultra: 35 FPS. We added Marvel's Avengers to our research and predict it will be weak with a 23 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then researched Assassins Creed: Valhalla leading us to predict 16 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition we get the impression that it is not ideal and its more advisable to run modern games at 1080p resolution. But if you really want to play games at 1440p then you will likely have to make some graphical adjustments to improve game FPS stability.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition? A good choice when looking to upgrade the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which meets 852 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 34% better performance. Alternatively a good choice when looking to upgrade the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB which meets 945 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 44% better performance.
FPS System Benchmark
64 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition was released on 29 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-200-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
104
Texture Rate
130 GTexel/s
ROPs
56
Pixel Rate
70 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
1664
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
-
Driver Support
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Release Price
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
5120x3200
Notebook GPU
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
0
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1114 MHz
Boost Clock
1253 MHz
Power
Max Power
150 Watts
PSU
550 Watt & 30 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB created by Gigabyte. 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 1051MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1253MHz, instead of 1178MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.


Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Gigabyte's WINDFORCE 3X Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.


Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.


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GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
8%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Horizon: Zero Dawn 17% 2%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5% 5%
Cyberpunk 2077 30% 40%
Marvel's Avengers 37% 40%
Fast & Furious Crossroads 32% 83%
Valorant 96% 90%
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 53% 41%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 37% 40%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5% 51%
Grounded 70% 15%
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