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.