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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
15 Sep 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black 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 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

Here we take a closer look at the various performances across 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions for the GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition. In particular this is looking at the Ultra graphics settings to see what sort of FPS this graphics card can get across some of the more popular games played in 2020. In terms of performance against the most demanding games today this graphics card can play 481 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.

First we looked at 1080p resolution for the GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition performance to explore what sort of benchmarks it would achieve on the popular title Cyberpunk 2077 and predict it will deliver reasonable frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 123 FPS, Medium: 97 FPS, High: 65 FPS and Ultra: 47 FPS. We proceeded to look at Marvel's Avengers to see how that compared and saw that it returned a reasonable 47 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We predict the GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition will run the upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077 to a playable performance level. Predictions across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 94 FPS, Medium: 74 FPS, High: 50 FPS and Ultra: 35 FPS. Another game tested was Marvel's Avengers, L: 94FPS, M: 74FPS, H: 50FPS, U: 35FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on Microsoft Flight Simulator, which returned L: 107FPS, M: 84FPS, H: 57FPS, U: 40FPS at 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition we get the impression that it is a reasonable choice at this screen size. You can always tweak modern game graphics settings to help you get a better High graphics setting experience 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? A good choice when looking to upgrade the GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which meets 832 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 33% better performance. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 42% better and can meet 934 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

GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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)
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
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
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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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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GeForce GTX 970 Galax EXOC 4GB Black Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
15%
RAM
12GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 18% 6%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 35% 15%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 6% 6%
The Invincible 6% 14%
Watch Dogs Legion 38% 3%
eFootball PES 2021 51% 46%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 38% 39%
Valorant 96% 90%
Crysis Remastered 30% 35%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 54% 53%
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