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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition run games
14 Oct 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 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. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2020. In particular we focus on how well the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. This graphics hardware can run 453 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

The GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition graphics card is returning a reasonable performance on Phasmophobia at 1080p of 53 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Baldurs Gate 3 which we saw got reasonable frame rates of 47 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Grand Theft Auto VI, which is predicted to get 25 FPS under tests.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We discovered the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition ran Phasmophobia to a playable performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 107 FPS, Medium: 84 FPS, High: 57 FPS and Ultra: 40 FPS. Another game tested was Baldurs Gate 3, L: 94FPS, M: 74FPS, H: 50FPS, U: 35FPS. And then we researched potential graphics card performance on Grand Theft Auto VI, wih estimates revealing L: 50FPS, M: 40FPS, H: 27FPS, U: 19FPS at 1440p. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition, this is a reasonable choice for most modern games at 1440p, but you may encounter some need to adjust graphics settings down from Ultra to High in some cases to improve gaming stability.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition 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 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 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 33% better and can run 825 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games. Alternatively if you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 42% better and can run 927 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
FPS System Benchmark
65 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition is released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-200-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
104
Texture Rate
138 GTexel/s
ROPs
56
Pixel Rate
74 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
1178 MHz
Boost Clock
1329 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 G1 Gaming 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 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 1178MHz, instead of 1051MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1329MHz, instead of 1178MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched. This means the Card performs better when compared to the reference NVIDIA Graphics Card but should also consume slightly more power.


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


Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 6% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.


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GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
8%
RAM
12GB
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