|Screen Resolution||4096 x 2160|
|Max Screen Resolution||4096 x 2160|
|Graphics Coprocessor||Nvidia GeForce|
|Graphics Card Ram Size||4 GB|
Gigabyte GeForce GTX 970 Overclocked GDDR5 Pcie Video Graphics Card, 4GB
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- Flex Display Technology(patent-pending)
- Powered by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 GPU
- Integrated with industry's best 4GB GDDR5 memory 256-bit memory interface
- WINDFORCE 3X cooling system
- Boost:1278 MHz/ Base: 1149 MHz in OC Mode
- Boost:1253 MHz/ Base: 1114 MHz in Gaming Mode
- FLEX Display
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This one is differentiated from the very similar appearing G1 gaming by not having a backplate, having two heatpipes instead of four, and having a lower set of core clocks (also the fans appear slightly different but that doesn't seem important). The lack of backplate doesn't seem to be an issue since I found no perceptible flex in the card after installation, the two heatpipes are not a huge deal in my opinion (card hits ~70c in furmark and ~50c in the games that I've tested), and the core clocks on my card seem a bit strange (but not in a bad way).
My observed base clock is 1114MHz which matches the specifications, but my boost clock I've seen go above 1300Mhz, when the design specification of this specific card is a boost clock of 1253MHz. Seems to produce no problems with heat/power consumption, so I'm not complaining. Memory clock is as advertised.
Coil whine. Happily, I have had no issues with it. Under 300 fps, I haven't been able to make out any sort of noise from the card other than its fans (which are not loud at any point). Above that framerate, I have definetely been able to hear coil whine (running minecraft at 1000 fps actually made the coil whine pretty shockingly loud), but since I'm not aware of any monitors 300Hz or higher, I'm going to call this a complete non-issue.
Physically speaking, the build quality is not something I was elated with but it's functional. The heatsinks on my card are not perfectly linear (see attached picture, both ends of the heatsink assembly seem bent towards the PCB), and I actually had to fiddle with the plastic fan shroud to move it out of the way enough to plug in the power cables. Doesn't seem to cause temperature issues or anything else so whatever. I will say that having helped my roommate assemble his computer with the ASUS 970 Strix, the Strix is just a better build quality card overall.
That's my experience of the subjective aspects of the card, everything else seems to be as advertised (so excellent).
4 MONTH UPDATE: I've since upgraded to a 1080p144 monitor, and so far aside from Crysis nothing perceptibly drops this card below 144fps. Since I originally put this review up, there's been some interesting discoveries with the ways the 970 manages ram (effectively having 3.5GB VRAM instead of 4), but for 1080 gaming it appears that there are no tangible consequences of this. Your mileage may vary with higher resolution setups.
4.5 MONTH UPDATE: This card is extremely simple to overclock. I've used afterburner and added +210MHz to the core clock and +180MHz to the memory clock, and changed nothing else. The card is stable, and gains a decent bit of performance. Still recommended.
I purchased this card with the intention of handling 1080p flawlessly and eventually buying a second one to make the jump to 120/144hz 1440p. It delivered on stage one of that plan.
I tested it on a heavily modded Skyrim, one that is modded to the point of barely scraping by without exceeding the RAM limits of the software and crashing, and I was able to make my character run at 1000% speed through the world without ever dropping below 65 FPS. The mods are so heavy, some areas with incredibly dense grass would bring my 770 Classified to its knees and drop it to ~30 FPS. The 970 handled it with ease, barely heating up in the process.
In fact, nothing I've tried at 1080p yet has been slowed down by the GPU, no matter the settings.
This card is THE card for flawless 1080p gameplay on max settings. That is for those of us who are sticklers for max game settings and flawless performance, as most people would consider this card overkill for 1080p. There are few games that would challenge this card at 1080, those being names like Crysis 3, Metro Last Light, and Shadows of Mordor. Still, they would maintain playable frame rates at all times, and would probably rarely drop below 60.
- With regards to performance-per-dollar and performance-per-watt, this card is an absolute monster. It is essentially a more efficient 780 ti for $400 less. It can be overclocked to beat its big brother, the 980. In my opinion, this is currently the overall best card on the market.
- TDP (maximum heat dissipation required to run chip with stability) of 145w, with a cooler rated at 600w, means the cooler has about four times what is required to cool the card at stock settings. This is the best cooler on the market for both raw cooling performance and cooling versus noise level.
- As a result of the first point, the card runs VERY cool. I never went over 49c while playing The Elder Scrolls Online at 1080p, 65 FPS, and max settings. Not exactly a demanding test for the card, but the same setup hit ~75 with my GTX 770.
- As a result of the cooler and TDP, again, the card overclocks very well. This can result in much higher power draw, but I don't think most overclockers are worried about that. There is speculation that Gigabyte used "leakier" chips than most manufacturers in order to achieve higher overclocks at the cost of higher power consumption. Regardless, the power consumption is so low, it is still relatively efficient with massive overclocks.
- Very quiet. The huge cooler headway lets the fans run at low speeds. During a 2 hour gaming session, the card stayed between 35-50% fan speed, which was not audible over my speakers at a modest volume. The card is the least audible part of my system, which runs very quiet. I have six Cougar low-noise fans running on controllers at low speeds, as well as a Corsair H60 with two CM Excalibur fans on it, also set to low speeds.
- The I/O options (DVI, HDMI, DP) are the best I've ever seen on a card. It is perfect for today's standards.
- "WINDFORCE" LED on the top is fully customizable through Geforce Experience. Most importantly, it can be turned off, unlike my old GTX 770 Classified's light. The light can also do some other cool things like pulsing, breathing, and reacting to PC sounds. It would be nice if this was an RGB LED, but it is simply blue.
- Subjectively, the best looking card out there. From the refined Windforce cooler to the brushed aluminum backplate, it is just very nice to look at. Also important is that it is color neutral. With a primarily green / black / gold interior, I was not at all interested in MSI's red look. It would be nice if the aluminum heat sink had been anodized with a black coating.
- (see update) Audible coil whine when my speakers are off and the card is pushed to its limits. You can't hear it with speakers on, and I'm sure a lot of people have PCs loud enough to drown it out. It is also less prevalent when only playing games, because the GPU isn't at 100% load. At the end of the day, this is a non-issue because it doesn't happen at idle and it is drowned out while gaming.
- It is VERY long. This isn't something that detracts from the product, but it may be a concern to consider. If anything, it is a drawback for the cases that won't fit it; not the card itself.
After many hours of use, it would appear the card has burned in and the coil whine has been reduced. I never notice it in games. I tried the same stress test as the day I purchased it and the coil whine is maybe 1/3 of what it was before. It is now tolerable at full load with no noise in the room to drown it out.
It was recently reported that the GTX 970 memory configuration leaves the last 0.5GB of the card running at 1/7th the speed of the first 3.5GB. This, of course, sounds awful. I ran some tests on it and concluded that it has little, if any, impact on gaming in my situations, despite clearly breaking into that last section of VRAM. Benchmark results are starting to show up and they show the same conclusion. I have heard reports that this is worse for SLI users, although I have no means of testing it. If you intend to play at 4k, or maybe even 1440p, or you are planning to set up SLI, I would look into the memory segmentation issue before making a purchase. Nonetheless, this is still a fantastic card at a good price point.
Assassin's Creed Unity (one of the games you can download for free, Amazon will email you after you buy the card), Battlefield 4, Far Cry 3, and WoW WoD all run smoothly on maxed out settings at 1080. Assassin's Creed Unity absolutely looks stunning. I feel like I'm in Paris! I used to get some screen tearing the first week (mostly on WoW), but that rarely happens now. I'm not sure if it's because the new driver fixed it. But I'm planning to get a G-Sync monitor soon anyway. If you don't know what G-Sync is, read reviews on G-Sync monitors. It's apparently a real thing.
The card runs quiet for me, but it's a bit longer than my GTX 580. It's thinner though. Make sure your case has enough room. The LED on the card can be static, glowing, flashing, etc. (see pictures)
I love the card so much I'm getting one for my boyfriend now for Christmas!