Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970 4GB run games
11 Nov 2020 - 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 2020 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 229 games in the list.

Running at 1080p this card gets a reasonable frame rate from Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with 50 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Cyberpunk 2077 which is predicted to return a playable 44 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular eFootball PES 2021 which we saw getting a strong 84 FPS.

We move on to 1440p, and tested Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War which delivered playable FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 101 FPS, Medium: 79 FPS, High: 53 FPS and Ultra: 38 FPS. Next we have Cyberpunk 2077 running on GeForce GTX 970 4GB which is predicted to get L: 88FPS, M: 69FPS, H: 46FPS, U: 33FPS. And for performance contrast the popular eFootball PES 2021 gets L: 168FPS, M: 132FPS, H: 89FPS, U: 64FPS at 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the GeForce GTX 970 4GB we get the impression that it is one of the better graphics cards for gaming at this screen resolution. We will see 1440p Ultra and High settings across almost all current games.

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? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

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 Super 6GB, which is 41% more powerful and can run 820 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 770 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
61 FPS
The GeForce GTX 970 4GB is released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 970 4GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Maxwell GM204-200-A1
Texture Rate
123 GTexel/s
Pixel Rate
66 GPixel/s
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.1
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1753 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1050 MHz
Boost Clock
1178 MHz
Max Power
145 Watts
500 Watt & 30 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
GeForce GTX 970 4GB Game Requirement Analysis

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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GeForce GTX 970 4GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 13%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 34% 3%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 42% 0%
Watch Dogs Legion 2% 9%
Godfall 13% 84%
FIFA 21 59% 43%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 0% 0%
Grand Theft Auto VI 0% 59%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 40% 62%
Genshin Impact 68% 13%
GeForce GTX 970 4GB Extras
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