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Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming Review

Posted September 19, 2014 by Jake in Video Cards


Price at time of Review: $369(Newegg)


Great horsepower; Sleek design with black PCB and backplate; Very low temperatures and noise levels; Great value for what you get


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A compelling combination of strong gaming performance, great cooling, and impressive overclocking.
by Jake
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It’s been while since Nvidia’s last graphics card launch; more specifically, it’s been quite awhile since Kepler first hit the market. And if we really want to split hairs, the Maxwell cards we saw with the GTX 750 Ti were really only half-measures, hitting the budget segments earlier this year. Suffice it to say, we’ve been eagerly waiting for Nvidia to release “the next big thing” in graphics cards, and today brings the end of that wait: the GeForce GTX 970.

The Gigabyte GTX 970 G1 Gaming is the specific model we’re looking at today, and it’s latest in the company’s popular model series, coming with an updated version of its namesake cooler. We’ve been impressed in the past with Windforce graphics cards, and we suspect this new one will be no different. It’s not an entirely fresh look, constructed in metal rather than plastic, but does come with an aggressive factory overclock and a few new surprises in store.

And thankfully Nvidia hasn’t made this simply a cut-down version of the new flagship GTX 980; this new 970 gets the full treatment in terms of features and horsepower, in an evolution of what we saw with Kepler, such as ShadowPlay, Adaptive Temperature Control, and GPU Boost clocks. Suffice it to say, we’re rather excited to get this card on the bench.

Let’s get started.



    Robert Kirkpatrick

    Actually i think there is an error in the summary. You say the 970 comes close to the 780 and with OC evens. You meant the 780 Ti yes? As in EVERY one of your tests the 970 beats the standard 780.

      Sandy Bruce

      Hello Robert, thank you for your input. I think what he was saying is correct. At the time of this review the 780 was around $400-450 range. The 970 was $369. The 780Ti was around $600. If you look at the bench results the 970 would be closer to a 780 than a 780ti. The 970 beats the 780 in everything but does not beat or tie the 780ti in any performance benchmark. The margin of victory has the 970 competing down not up to the 780ti. You would need the 980 for that. So him saying “since you get nearly the same performance for considerably less money.” is correct. He does not say it is “almost as good as a 780” because it is actually a tad better just much cheaper. Hope this makes sense.

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