While there are pictures of Nvidia's reference design for the GTX 970, will hit the market corresponding card is not.
update: The technical data given for publication of the GTX 970 from Nvidia to which we referred in the original test, incorrect. It has one-eighth less L2 cache and ROP than originally thought, as well as the 4.0 GB of VRAM are not connected with 256-bit, but divided into two different speed memory areas. In our article "GTX 970 VRAM problem in practice - What the game benchmarks say," We will be addressing all the technical details and their practical implications, in addition to hardware editor Nils Raettig expressed in the column "arrogance instead backbone" to the subject matter.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 is the new high-end graphics cards, the second generation model with Maxwell architecture. With a price of about 330 euros, the GTX 970 positioned priced well below the top model, which costs about 200 euros more. This puts the GTX 970 just within particularly interesting price range by most players buy their video cards - to time the price is expected to fall a little before Christmas, provided there are enough cards on the market. If the number is not sufficient, the price is expected to pick noticeably against it, because attractive is the Geforce GTX 970 all - both in terms of performance, and the price-performance ratio and energy efficiency, which indirectly affects the fan noise.
Unlike the Geforce GTX 980 (Where to start only the model of Nvidia are) coming from the GTX 970 no reference design from Nvidia on the market, but only by the various manufacturers already adapted in terms of cooler and clock speed options. For our test, the GTX 970 we use according to the MSI GTX 970 4G Gaming. The MSI board is not only noticeably overclocked and can compete with almost the more expensive GTX 980 as in games, but is also of the revised version of in the past because of its good cooling performance with low noise out positively came Twin Frozr V in the current variant cooled.
We test the Nvidia Geforce GTX 970 in the form of the MSI GTX 970 4G gaming with the new Twin Frozr V cooler and overclock from the factory.
Geforce GTX 970 in detail
In the GTX 970 the GM204 infected as in the GTX 980 graphics chip called the Maxwell generation. However, the GTX 970 has only 1.664 instead of 2.048 shader and only 104 instead of 128 texture units. The number of ROPs is 64 but the same as the GTX 980th
Also identical is tethered with 256 bits, 4.0 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7000 MHz effective. The memory bandwidth is therefore as in the GTX 980 a maximum of 224 GByte / s and is slightly below which a GTX 780 with a maximum of 288 GByte / s.
The timing specifications for the GTX 970 amount to 1,050 MHz standard clock and a boost increase to up to 1,178 MHz. The MSI GeForce GTX 970 Twin Frozr V works in the test with 1114 MHz standard clock and up to 1253 MHz Boost but noticeably faster and even a bit faster than the GTX 980 with 1,126 respectively 1,216 MHz - overclocked manufacturer cards of the GTX 980, there are unlike the GTX 970 not yet.
Nvidia calls the GTX 970, although a DirectX 12 card, admits in the same breath to but that the final DX12 requirements not yet been determined and therefore no definitive statement can be made.
View product images - Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
Heart of our test system is the Intel Core i7 4770K, we have overclocked to 4.5 GHz. The four cores along with Hyper-Threading and the high cycle ensure that the processor does not become a bottleneck, and both the GTX 970 and the GTX 980 can always reach their full performance potential. The memory banks of the MSI Z87-GD65 Gaming motherboards are equipped with 16.0 GB of DDR3-1600 memory. comes as the operating system Windows 8.1 used, the 512 GByte on a Samsung SSD 840 Pro fits.
Both graphics cards have to prove themselves in six DX11 games (Anno 2070, Battlefield 4 , Crysis 3, Grid 2, Rome 2 and Metro: Last Light). All mentioned title we test with maximum details in resolutions 1920x1.080 and 2560x1.440. In order to take the title of the GTX 980, the flagship card of the new GeForce generation bill, we have analyzed the top model on its 4K power back. In the benchmarks we explore the performance of both without and with four-time antialiasing and sixteen times, anisotropic filtering, and take the average of three measurements.
The measured power consumption refers to the entire system, while the temperature value based on the information provided by MSI Afterburner. How loud the video card, we determine, in an anechoic chamber with a measurement microphone at a distance of 50 cm.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980/970 - View Manufacturer Presentation