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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition run games
14 Oct 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX 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 Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2020. The GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 312 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

Running at 1080p this card gets a reasonable frame rate from Baldurs Gate 3 with 45 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Watch Dogs Legion which is predicted to return a reasonable 45 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War which we predict will get a playable 42 FPS.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition by playing Baldurs Gate 3 which yielded a playable performance. Its FPS results for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 91FPS, M: 71FPS, H: 48FPS, U: 34FPS. Another popular game we researched with this card was Watch Dogs Legion and that was playable. This graphics card is predicted to deliver 34 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War which is predicted to get playable results with a 32FPS on Ultra 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition we get the impression that it is a suitable graphics card for this larger screen res. In some cases we might expect some graphics option tweaks down from Ultra to High to help improve FPS stability when gaming at 1440p.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition in your PC? This GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition? If you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 37% better and can run 825 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition then a good choice would be R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB as this is better than 927 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 47% better performance as well.
FPS System Benchmark
63 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition is released on 21 Oct 2014

GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-200-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
104
Texture Rate
126 GTexel/s
ROPs
56
Pixel Rate
68 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
1076 MHz
Boost Clock
1216 MHz
Power
Max Power
150 Watts
PSU
400 Watt & 30 Amps
Power Connector
None
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 Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX 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 1076MHz, instead of 1051MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1216MHz, instead of 1178MHz. The Operating Memory was left untouched.


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


Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.


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GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Mini-ITX OC 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
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RAM
12GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 16% 9%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 0%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 44% 12%
Genshin Impact 69% 10%
eFootball PES 2021 50% 45%
Marvel's Avengers 50% 4%
Watch Dogs Legion 5% 6%
FIFA 21 60% 45%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 52% 57%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 3% 3%
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