GeForce GTX 970: Overview| Intel Core i5-6600| Specs| Testing – Is it Good for Gaming? – NVIDIA, having presented the new Maxwell microarchitecture in the face of the GTX 750 and GTX 750Ti entry-level video cards, did not delay the release of more powerful products too much. On September 19, 2014, two new items were released at once – GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970. We will talk about the last “younger” model today.
Is It Worth Getting The GTX 970?
The reference sample of the video card has the already familiar design of top products, a striking sign of which is a spectacular cover made of magnesium alloy.
At the heart of the new video card lies the GM204 graphics chip, manufactured using 28nm technology. The Maxwell graphics architecture, named after the famous mathematician James Clark Maxwell, is already the 10th in a series of NVIDIA products. Compared to the previous Kepler architecture, the performance per watt has almost doubled. If we look at the power consumption of the previous model GeForce GTX 770, which, logically, is being replaced by a novelty, we will see a serious advantage of the GeForce GTX 970 – 145 W versus 230 W. The power supply recommended by the manufacturer must be at least 500 watts.
The video card is equipped with five video outputs. The interface panel houses DVI-I (Dual-Link), three DisplayPort 1.2 and full-length HDMI connections. The model in question is the first to support HDMI 2.0. The new video output specification will allow you to display a picture with a resolution of 4K and a refresh rate of 60 Hz.
GeForce GTX 970: Specifications (Specs)
|Chip code name||GM204|
|Technical process||28 nm|
|Number of transistors||5.2 billion|
|GPU clock frequency, MHz: base / Boost||1050MHz/1178MHz|
|Video memory type||GDDR5|
|Video memory size||4096 MB|
|Bus width, bit||256|
|Memory frequency, MHz:||1750|
|Power consumption||145 W|
Testing in games* (number of FPS)
*For testing, the following bench configuration was used: Intel Core i5-6600 processor, ASUS Maximus VIII Extreme motherboard, 16 GB G.Skill RAM, Plextor PX-256M6Pro SSD, Corsair AX1500i power supply, Windows 10 (64 Bit) operating system. NVIDIA GeForce driver version: 375.95.
So, in general, acquaintance with the GeForce GTX 970 makes a fairly good impression. It remains to add that the starting price from the manufacturer is $329, which is significantly lower than the previous GTX 770. And this makes the new model a very attractive product in the video card market.