Page 1:Introducing GM204: There's A New Maxwell In Town
Page 2:New Features
Page 3:Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference Card
Page 4:Gigabyte GTX 980 WindForce OC
Page 5:Gigabyte GTX 970 WindForce OC
Page 6:EVGA GTX 970 Superclock ACX 2.0
Page 7:Test System And Benchmarks
Page 8:Results: Battlefield 4 And Thief
Page 9:Results: Arma 3 And Grid Autosport
Page 10:Results: Assassin's Creed IV, Watchdogs, Far Cry 3
Page 11:A New Power Consumption Test Setup
Page 12:Power Consumption In Detail
Page 13:Power Consumption Overview
Page 15:Temperatures And Noise
Gigabyte GTX 970 WindForce OC
The Gigabyte GTX 970 WindForce OC’s specifications are quite different from the 980's in some places. According to Gigabyte, the 970 also uses GPUs binned for better-than-average overclocking potential and lower power consumption. Still, our tests show why this graphics card costs less than the flagship.
Fortunately, it retains the higher-end board's six video outputs (of which four can be actively used at a time). And again, Gigabyte keeps the second DVI connector that’s missing from the reference design. HDMI 2.0 makes this new card somewhat more future-proof.
|The Speeds And Feeds|
|Form Factor||Dual-slot design|
|Length (from Slot Panel to End)||297 mm|
|Height (from Slot to Top)||108 mm|
|Depth 1 (from PCB to Front Cover)||35 mm|
|Depth 2 (from PCB to Back Plate)||5 mm|
|Connectors||1x DVI-I, 1x DVI-D, 1x HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort|
|Pros||- GPUs binned for better overclocking and lower power consumption|
- Total of six video outputs (better connectivity)
- Dual-slot design, well-suited for SLI
- Suitable cooling headroom
|Cons||- RPM at idle is too high (35 percent)|
Gigabyte's GTX 970 WindForce OC sports the WindForce cooler that we know from the company's older GeForce cards. It’s still a solid cooler that’s both thin and fairly quiet. It’s been updated with the new rotor blades found on the WindForce 600 W.
Once again, the backplate doesn’t contribute to the graphics card’s cooling. It only provides some stability and a nice finishing touch we aren't used to seeing on Nvidia-based boards.
The vertically-oriented fins send waste heat toward the top and bottom, and not toward your hard drives and SSDs. It'd be better to exhaust it entirely, though.
One 8- and one 6-pin PCIe power connector are supposed to keep the Gigabyte GTX 970 WindForce OC stable when overclocked. As on the 980, this card's WindForce label lights up blue.
You get a total of three DisplayPort connectors, two dual-link DVI connectors, and an HDMI 2.0 connector on the rear bracket. Together, they take up almost all the available space.
- Introducing GM204: There's A New Maxwell In Town
- New Features
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Reference Card
- Gigabyte GTX 980 WindForce OC
- Gigabyte GTX 970 WindForce OC
- EVGA GTX 970 Superclock ACX 2.0
- Test System And Benchmarks
- Results: Battlefield 4 And Thief
- Results: Arma 3 And Grid Autosport
- Results: Assassin's Creed IV, Watchdogs, Far Cry 3
- A New Power Consumption Test Setup
- Power Consumption In Detail
- Power Consumption Overview
- Temperatures And Noise