The Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 drivers is a rare item, a product that has revolutionized the entire market. It looks like a missile aimed at the advanced GPU market, designed to maximize competition, but with its side effects, many NVIDIA cards also impress. It costs around € 360, which is not cheap, but the performance ratio is so high per euro that there will be people who think it is not worth going for any other top card. , And includes the GTX 980 itself. Nadia
The headlines are: AMD’s R9 290 and R9 290X – the top of the line – are old: they get too hot, use too much, and are useless products that easily outperform Nvidia’s new graphics. But Nvidia is also impressed: the GTX 780 is up to date, while the 780 Ti, an interesting option until a few months ago, has also been dropped to an unrelated position.
With the GTX 970 overclocking, many applications have performed even better than the standard GTX 980, considering that the other is 65% more expensive.
The shock wave doesn’t end there, as it impacts the dual GPU market. A water-cooled monster with the power of 11.5 teraflops, the beast Raden R9 295X2 from AMD, so far was practically the only option to play 4X with a decent frame rate until the advent of Maxwell architecture. As things stand now, on the other hand, the SLI 2 970s will be a cheaper, cooler, calmer, and more energy-efficient alternative. We will test this later, but based on the results you will see now, an SLI 970 configuration should be more than enough with most games.
MSI has provided us with a test unit, a card with twin turquoise five cooling solutions, which has impressed us with its silence even when overclocking was at its peak. The three display port outputs of reference design replace the traditional configuration with two DVI / HDMI / display port outputs, and interestingly the 6/6 pin input power supply from 8/6 pin one.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 Specifications.
The GTX 970 has been downgraded from 980 in many ways: the number of cores drops from 2048 to 1664, while the maximum clock speed drops from 1216MHz to 1178MHz. Texture mapping units have also been reduced from 128 to 104. Overclocking lets you take back everything you lost from the GTX 970, with performance that could really improve the quality of the GTX 980.
- CUDA cover: 1664.
- Base clock speed: 1050MHz
- Maximum clock speed: 1178MHz
- Memory: 4GB GDDR5.
- Memory speed: 7000MHz
- Memory bandwidth: 224GB / s.
- Structure-mapping units: 104.
- ROPs: 64.
- L2 cache size: 2048MB
- TDP: 145W
- Die size: 398 mm2.
- Manufacturing process: 28nm
The MSI GTX 970 that we tested for this review went a bit out of the box, closing at 1140MHz / 1279MHz. However, the card has a lot of potentials.
Advanced GPUs Test
We launched our standard gameplay tests for advanced GPUs that received the most welcome jungle stage with Crisis 3, working at 1080p. According to Steam’s hardware survey, 95 PC users play at this resolution, and we would bet that the majority of these displays run at 60Hz. With Crisis 3 Test, we aim to do our best to get the 1080p60 gaming experience, the best choice for the majority of this screen.
As we have more data on our hard drive than other GPU tests, we have two comparisons for you this time. The first Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 drivers competes with AMD – the Radeon R9 290 and the more expensive version of the air technology, the R9 290X. The challenge is repeated with Nvidia Options, GTX 780 Ti, and GTX 980 at the maximum range.
As a result, the GTX 980 delivers close to 60FPS, while the Radeon R9 290 has the most trouble maintaining this level of performance. The batch includes GTX 780 Ti, R9 290X, and GTX 970. The new Nvidia card was a little higher than the other two: the frame rate drops, no doubt, but less than the 780 Ti and 290X, something worth noting if you consider that until a few days ago, these were the two best cards with GPU you buy Could
With this practical example of the power of the GTX 970, let’s move on to the theory, putting the new card to the test with different factory states and overclocks with different benchmarks. Using MSI After Burner, we have increased the power by 110%. In this scenario, we can further increase the clock speed by 185MHz, while 4GB GDDR5 memory works steadily at 8000MHz, 14% improvement in memory bandwidth.
We increased the fan speed to 70% to adjust the heat output, but the card was still very quiet. This success was made possible by MSI’s twin turquoise design.
The results obtained with 1080p test resolution (most importantly) show that this hardware is very powerful. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 drivers offers the same performance as the 780 Ti in Crisis 3 and Battlefield 4, while the difference between BioShock Infant and Metro: Last Light is not so noticeable. The GTX 980 looks a bit weak with the Crystal Dynamics Tomb Raider, and it’s even bigger than the 970.
Of course, the thing that opens your eyes is the comparison between the overclocked GTX 970 and the factory GTX 980. We’ve got all the performance (even better in some cases) in all the games except Crysis 3. In our tests, the GPU delivers 10 to 15% higher performance depending on the application and the overclock.
For those looking for a ‘better than consoles’ experience on their powerful PC, a good option is to buy a 2.5K monitor that runs at 2560×1440 resolution. Most PC gamers play at their desk, sitting very close to the screen. In these cases, a 77% increase in pixels compared to 1080p offers excellent results.
This increase requires a more powerful card and perhaps a reduction in the quality options of these game graphics. By resuming previous tests with this resolution, we have seen that the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 drivers still maintains this type. The R9 290 and GTX 780 lag behind in all tests (except the Tomb Rider), while at standard speeds, the card stands at R9 290X and GTX 780 Ti.
Overclocking the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 drivers
Once again, overclocking the GTX 970 eliminates these deficits in almost all cases, allowing it to compete with its older sister. We don’t usually overclock because performance comes at the cost of too much heat and power consumption. However, the Maxwell architecture weighs very well, and the heat and power consumption levels are still lower than all the cards. Previous generation
Both AMD and Nvidia have made a lot of noise about 4K gaming in the last 18 months. There was a time when 1080PC was not considered a real resolution for gaming, but it changed rapidly when the full HD standard was set and spread to living rooms. 4K is the next step, Ultra HD displays are becoming more and more affordable, and GPU makers want their products to be proof of the future.
The good news is that the Maxwell Card – GTX 970 and GTX 980 – have HDMI 2.0 outputs to deliver GPUs 4 f image at 60 fps, which is the current HD. MI 1.4 can double the standard capabilities. But do they have the power to make the game worthwhile?
We’ve been a bit more realistic in this last benchmark battery. Ultra quality levels aren’t designed with 4K in mind, and when the pixel size on a 4K screen is so small, it’s unnecessary to offer things like brutal anti-aliasing. That being the case, in these tests, we go from Ultra to the next graphical option and completely disable multi-sampling or super-sampling anti-aliasing.
The results show that a 2-GPU solution is still necessary to get closer to the game at 60FPS, and some would consider combining a frame rate close to 30FPS to be a low compromise with low quality. The GTX 980 largely dominates these tests, but the demand for a frame on GPUs significantly reduces the distance between all the cards. The GTX 970 factory is nowhere near the best performer, but it becomes more competitive with overclocking than its competitors.
Energy Consumption of Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 drivers
We completed our tests by looking at energy consumption, an aspect that Maxwell crosses with an iron fist. Interestingly, the cutbacks we’ve seen on the GTX 970 don’t affect or improve energy efficiency. The maximum consumption of the two new Nvidia cards is the same in their factory settings and when overclocked.
This is the only disappointment that makes us consider everything common with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 drivers, and not to mention that the performance is still much higher than the R9 290 and 290X’s air chip, and the GK110 processor G TX780, GTX Titan, and 780TI, even with aggressive overclocking.
To put the data in context, we must emphasize the total system load per voltage meter. Our setup for this article was a 4.3GHz Core i7 3770K (no additional voltage required) with 16GB DDR3 RAM.
We also took a closer look at the Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR) system. It is a special technology of Maxwell architecture that allows access to very high resolutions in games, saving the local resolution of the screen on the GPU fly. At a recent Nvidia conference, the company claimed that it would not be penalized for performance. However, the scaling algorithm uses Gaussian filters to improve results compared to basic super-sampling.
We’ve tested various games on 4K and then 1080p with 4K DSR scaling up. In all cases, the frame rates were lower with DSR, although only 1 or 2. These results fall within the margin of error and are not visible to the human eye during gaming. DSR is an interesting technology, but you will need ruthlessly powerful devices to use it in most modern games.
Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 drivers – Digital Foundry Decision.
There is something really special about standing on the graphics card market today. AMD and Nvidia typically price their products based on the available products, creating a market closely linked to cost performance and an advanced (often inaccessible) market in general. But the price per euro is lower in terms of production.
The GTX 970 is different. It’s not the best price for the passionate, but it offers so much performance that the extra cost is more than justified. We’re talking about a card that costs about 60 360 and quietly beats rivals that almost doubled in price a few months ago. It’s just a price-performance quake and a unique product for a company that typically adopts a premium cost strategy for its powerful cards.
What’s clear is that Nvidia no longer wants to make graphics cards based on the expensive and large GK110 chip – the Titan, GTX 780, and 780 Ti are gone after the smaller release cooler, more Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 drivers. Most importantly for Nvidia, cheap in preparation.
Unfortunately, this de-diversion process affects AMD’s premium products, as both the R9 290 and 290X now look very expensive and will require significant discounts to stay competitive. The price of Nvidia’s lower-end products will also come down, and attractive prices for GTX 770 and GTX 760 are already available at this time. 970). There is no attractive low-cost card with Maxwell yet, except the GTX 750 Ti.
with the GTX 980, we’d love energy efficiency, but with the slight advantages over the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 drivers, it’s not much of a change in the developed market. On the other hand, the GTX 970 faces a completely different situation: this is a fundamental change that reverses the graphics card market, a very high performance, and a price that makes it a mass market. It brings closer, where it manages to offer a quality ratio – excellent price. As such, we recommend this new Nvidia card without any reservations.
Nokia unveiled the new graphics card at the Game 24 event in London, attended by the author of the article. Nvidia paid for transportation and accommodation. Tests with the card, however, were performed at digital foundry offices.