Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI run games
7 Mar 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

The GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI will blast beyond the majority of games requirements at 1080p, so crank up your screen resolution to 1440p or 4K and let the beautiful AAA game visuals wash over you. This is how gaming is meant to be played but you are likely to have to pay top dollar for the GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI privilege. But if you can get this graphics solution, then its happy gaming. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2021. In particular we focus on how well the GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 909 games in todays list.

The 1080p FPS on Ultra for the GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI shows us that Resident Evil 8 is predicted to get a reasonable result of 47 FPS, and then we are seeing Outriders predicted to return a good 68 FPS while another game on our list is the Far Cry 6 which is predicted to get 42 frames per second at Ultra 1080p.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we researched the upcoming Outriders to predict how the GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI would deal with it. Our research revealed a reasonable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 137 FPS, Medium: 108 FPS, High: 73 FPS and Ultra: 52 FPS. Next we looked at Far Cry 6 which we predict will be playable with a 32 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Resident Evil 8 that we predict will get an Ultra 1440p FPS of 36. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI we get the impression that it is capable of delivering a solid gaming experience across larger screen sized monitors. We expect to see High and Ultra graphics settings across most games at 1440p with this GPU.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI in your PC? No graphics card upgrade required for 2 to 3 years of meeting top end game system requirements

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI then a good choice would be 20 Series GeForce RTX 2070 Super 8GB as this is better than 990 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 25% better performance as well. Alternatively a good choice when looking to upgrade the GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5800 XT which meets 987 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 22% better performance.
FPS System Benchmark
95 FPS
The GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI was released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI
Maxwell GM204-200-A1 (x2) (x2)
Texture Rate
245 GTexel/s
64 (x2)
Pixel Rate
151 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
8192 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
325 Watts
750 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
16 GB
Best Resolution
3840 x 2160
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI Game Requirement Analysis

GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 970 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

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.

It consists of 2 GPUs codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 3328 Shader Processing Units, 208 TMUs and 128 ROPs, on a 512-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.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 300W and 400W.

Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI is over 25% faster than Radeon HD 7990 and almost as fast as AMD's Radeon R9 295X2.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Six Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 16GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI.

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GeForce GTX 970 4GB SLI vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 43% 26%
Monster Hunter Rise 78% 35%
Valheim 63% 26%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 57% 33%
Grand Theft Auto VI 35% 4%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 62% 35%
Resident Evil 8 78% 6%
Far Cry 6 35% 7%
Diablo 2 Resurrected 73% 26%
Hitman 3 68% 4%
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