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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
4 Jul 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 494.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition is running Valorant and delivering strong performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 500 frames per second. Comparing this to Death Stranding which is predicted to get reasonable results, where it averages 46 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Horizon: Zero Dawn, which is predicted to run at 46 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 Valorant where it was strong. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 1007 FPS, Medium: 793 FPS, High: 534 FPS and Ultra: 381 FPS. We added Death Stranding to our research and predict it will be playable with a 35 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then researched Horizon: Zero Dawn leading us to predict 35 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 a solid performer with higher resolution modern gaming. This graphics card can also bump up to 4K gaming regularly with the latest games still being capable of high or ultra graphics settings at this level.

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 Ti 6GB which meets 861 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 37% 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 946 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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0%
Graphics Card
8%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 30% 40%
Hyper Scape 53% 5%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 17% 2%
Call of Duty Warzone 45% 2%
Valorant 96% 90%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 37% 40%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5% 56%
Death Stranding 39% 8%
Doom Eternal 4% 4%
TrackMania Nations Remake 89% 84%
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