When building my custom built gaming PC I decided I wanted an upper tier video but an upper tier video that didn’t break the bank. I also wanted something that I knew could run Fallout 4 on ultra settings but could also run any new PC game I purchased in the next year or maybe even the next two years on ultra settings. After much debate and some research online about different video cards to choose from I ended up going with the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 for my system.
Overall I am extremely happy with this video card, every game I booted up on it runs on ultra/high settings. Those games include; Fallout 4, Battlefield 4, Battlefield 3, Diablo III, StarCraft II, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Skyrim. I know some of those games like BF3 and Skyrim are older but they are still graphic intensive, the GTX 970 SSC handles them all like a beast. I never drop any frames during gameplay, even in games like Battlefield 4 where you have crowded fight scenes with 64-players all going crazy in one small area such as in a map like Metro, the game runs smooth with zero lag.
If you are looking for a powerful, high end video card but one that doesn’t cost a fortune then check out the GTX 970 SSC. I think you will be extremely happy with your purchase! While there might be cheaper video cards that can run the above mentioned games on ultra settings, those cards might not be able to run a game that comes out 10 months from now on ultra. I have zero doubt in my mind that the 970 SSC will be able to handle anything that comes out for the foreseeable future. If something does come out that it can’t handle on ultra, the 970 SSC is both 2-way and 3-way SLI ready so I could purchase another 970 SSC and run them in SLI. Which the 970 SSC would be cheaper then and it would tackle that issue like a beast. I also want to mention that I am not running in 4K, I am running in 1080P as that is what my monitor supports. Also keep in mind that every system is different and results may vary, I am only giving my opinion on my setup using this graphics card.
- Base Clock: 1190 MHZ
- Boost Clock: 1342 MHz
- Memory Clock: 7010 MHz Effective
- CUDA Cores: 1664
- Bus Type: PCI-E 3.0
- Memory Detail: 4096MB GDDR5
- Memory Bit Width: 256 Bit
- Memory Speed: 0.28ns
- Memory Bandwidth: 224.3 GB/s
- LED Logo: N/A
Full Spec sheet on the EVGA website http://goo.gl/iN3C0p.