The ZOTAC GTX 970 is powered by NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture which leverages the parallel configuration of the 1664 CUDA cores to accelerate PC performance. These cores are useful when carrying out processor intensive tasks like video conversion, 3D graphics rendering, and anything that benefits from parallel processing.
The GTX 900 Series has been out for quite a while, and reviews along with the testament from various end-users proved that these new line of GFX cards from Nvidia are astonishingly good, especially the GTX 970s. Since we’re fond of “astonishing” products, we decided to buy one, and check out if the claims were true.
The GTX 970 features Nvidia’s latest breakthrough when it comes to power efficiency. In addition, all GTX 900 Series cards came equipped with the latest Nvidia proprietary features, including Multi-Frame sampled Anti-Aliasing (MFAA), Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR), and Voxel Global Illumination (VXGI). The GTX 970 sits between the GTX 780 and GTX 780 Ti when it comes to performance, which is enough to sate any gamer’s appetite considering that it has a great power efficiency to performance ratio.
Taking a look at the top of the card we can see that it is dominated by its twin 75mm cooling fans. This is surrounded by a gun-metal grey shroud with a smart silver strip running diagonally through the centre.
Looking at the back of the card, predictably there is not much to see, apart from the fact that thanks to its dual SLI connectors, we can see that Zotac GEFORCE GTX 970 supports triple SLI! We also get a bit of an eyeful of those copper heat pipes.
- NVIDIA Gaming Performance Technology
- Dynamic Super Resolution: Renders games at a higher resolution than your monitor and scales them down to the native resolution of your display for better detail rendering.
- Multi-Frame Anti-Aliasing (MFAA): Delivers a performance boost while maintaining smooth, high-quality edges by alternating sample calculations across each frame and each pixel.
- Adaptive Vertical Sync: Controls vertical sync based on your current frame rates for a smoother gaming experience.
- NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0
- Maximizes clock speeds based on workload. Also allows control over temperature, fan speed, extra over-voltage headroom, and optimizations for water-cooling solutions.
- NVIDIA Surround
- With a single card you can expand your PC games across three displays in stereoscopic 3D for an "inside the game" experience. Add in a fourth accessory display to get access to your email, web, and other applications.
- SLI Ready
- With NVIDIA SLI technology you benefit from improved performance scaling by implementing AFR (Alternate Frame Rendering) using multiple graphics cards to split the computing load.
- NVIDIA CUDA Technology
- Take advantage of the GPU's processor cores to accelerate demanding tasks such as video transcoding, physics simulation, and ray tracing. Utilizing GPU processors for these tasks results in performance improvements over traditional CPUs. The GTX 970 supports DirectX 12, OpenCL, and OpenGL 4.4 allowing compatible software to benefit from GPU acceleration, taking much of the processing workload off of the CPU
- PCI Express 3.0
- This card is designed for the PCI Express 3.0 bus architecture, offering high data transfer speeds for games and 3D applications. It also maintains backwards compatibility with existing PCI Express motherboards.
The card is powered by a dual 6-pin power connector, which is rated to pump in 75W each. In theory, the card could consume a maximum of 225W of power. Please do note that the 2x 6-pin power connectors doesn’t feature a gap between them, so if you have a dual 8-pin cable (not 6+2), then you’re out of luck.
- 1076 MHz Core - Boostable to 1216 MHz
- 1664 CUDA Cores
- 4GB of GDDR5 vRAM
- HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI-I, DVI-D Outputs
- Supports Resolutions up to 4096 x 2160
- NVIDIA Game Performance Technologies
- Maxwell Architecture
- NVIDIA Surround Technology
- PCI Express 3.0 x16 Interface
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