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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition run games
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

A mid to low level graphics card, the GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition is found in budget machines nowadays, struggling to meet AAA system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

Lets look at the GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition game performance guide for some of the biggest games played in 2021. In particular we will see how well this graphics card runs on Ultra settings on 1080p resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. 445 games can be played by this graphics card of the 1000 most demanding games being played by PC gamers today.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition is running Forza Horizon 5 and delivering playable performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 31 frames per second. Comparing this to Back 4 Blood which is getting reasonable results, where it averages 53 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Far Cry 6, which is running at 24 frames per second.

Moving screen sizes up to 1440p we ran Forza Horizon 5 on the GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition to see that it got a weak set of frame rates. Here are the low to ultra results at 1440p - L: 61FPS, M: 48FPS, H: 33FPS, U: 23FPS. Another popular game to test at 1440p with this card was Back 4 Blood which seemed playable in performance netting an Ultra FPS of 40 FPS. Finally we then took a look at Far Cry 6 where its Ultra 1440p Frame rates were weak at 18 FPS. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition, this is not a bad choice for a larger screen size like this. Some games will struggle though, but with some careful graphic option adjustments in-game you can normally find a suitable visual experience with this GPU at 1440p.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black 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 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti which is 62% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 972 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 54% better and can meet 962 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
65 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition was released on 31 Oct 2014
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-200-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
104
Texture Rate
137 GTexel/s
ROPs
56
Pixel Rate
74 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
(CUDA Cores)
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.4
Resolution (WxH)
5120 x 3200
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096MB
Memory Speed
1753MHz
Memory Bus
256bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache
1792
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1164 MHz
Boost Clock
1317 MHz
Power
Max Power
145 Watts
PSU
500 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
GD Official
GD RATING
4.4
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GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB created by Galax. 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 1164MHz, instead of 1051MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1317MHz, instead of 1178MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Galax's Dual 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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