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GTX 970... still a beast???

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So I have an MSI Twin Frozr GTX 970 with 4GB Ram. I was looking on GPU boss and this card holds up against a GTX 1060 and most of AMD 57x and 58x cards. Is this card really still that much of a beast? In Battlefield 4 I'm getting over 100+fps and PUBG on medium settings I"m getting 80-100 depending on whats going on. I just got a game called Kingdom Come: Deliverance which is a beautiful RPG set in the Holy Roman Empire times. The game runs at about 50fps and will dip down into the 30's from time to time. I don't think the game is very well optimized as it's kinda buggy also. Should I just hold onto this card for a while longer or what card would be worth it in terms of performance (fps) increase to validate spending $300 - $400 dollars? I appreciate any responses. Later!
 

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If you’re happy currently with the 970, that’s great, it’s still fairly decent, as you’ve seen. I see it losing ground real quickly as new games come out.

However, as you seem to be willing to spend up to $400, I would upgrade. Truly worthy upgrade can be had with the GTX 1070.

A quick check showed there are several models running as low as $399 and $409. The performance increase would be off the charts for you.
 
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Yep, 1070 is the only true upgrade path, and now actually 1070ti as it's only like 20 bucks more. 1060 is a sidegrade so don't bother.
 
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the gtx970 has been about 160$ used for like 2 years. that card didnt drop much in resell price since its mostly better than gtx1050 and about same with gtx1060. sure it has to do with the cryptoboom gpu shortage too.
 

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New cards should be debuting soon (like two weeks) so I wouldn't buy anything at this point.
 
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I am happy with my x2 GTX 970's, plays all the games I play even at 1440P, but I only went to 1440P when I got my second GTX 970. I put it it against my mates GTX 1060 6GB card in the latest Final fantasy and we basically scored the same, only about 100 points different. So if your only gaming at 1080P then the 970 will run everything without an issue. Price to performance its a win win card and still is even today.
 
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I have the same card and at 1080p I have yet to complain about performance but I consider the 1070 a viable upgrade , just wait a bit for the new cards to arrive and maybe you can save on a price reduction on last gen....that's what I'm waiting to do anyway
 
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yesindeed.
gtx 970 is still egood gpu for FHd games.
specially AIB versions,and memory things are no point.not for real game world.

97 gtx rock,its much better than example vega gpus.
 
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yesindeed.
gtx 970 is still egood gpu for FHd games.
specially AIB versions,and memory things are no point.not for real game world.

97 gtx rock,its much better than example vega gpus.
Vega is quite a bit faster... :)

Regardless, its not a bad card, but it runs into limits these days. Even for 1080p
 
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Kicking with GTX 980 OC (1500/1950) and no problems with 1080p here.
 
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Vega is quite a bit faster... :)

Regardless, its not a bad card, but it runs into limits these days. Even for 1080p
Considerably!
 
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Ok so I used EVGA Precision App that's on Steam for free to overclock my 970 a bit. I upped the GPU core clock by 185mhz and the memory by 561mhz and I'm getting consistent 60-70fps in most areas in Kingdom Come Deliverance, whereas in those areas I might have gotten 50ish or 40ish before. Pretty cool! It seems that the longer I play though the GPU heats up and some fps go down. Anyway, thanks for all of your inputs. I think I'll stick with this card until the next generation of Nvidia cards come out. I hear the new Nvidia cards will include some type of new connector for the next gen of VR headsets. We'll see. Anyway.. laterz!
 

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GTX970 still decent card for gaming, if you are planing to upgrade aim for GTX 1070 at least, somthing lower will be a downgrade.

GTX900 series have great OC capacities, so be wise when OC'ing, and be wise with voltages, im still holding my GTX 980 for a year more maybe, she still knows how to make me happy,

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Nothing wrong with the 970, fine card at 1080p and medium-high settings. I would hold onto the upgrade money and get the next gen equivalent when the time comes even if you have to wait until next spring or summer.
 
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Nothing wrong with the 970
Sure there is, I've had one. Everything runs fine up to the point where the last 512mb of vram is accessed. Then the card chugs. That last 512mb is 32bit access only and severely limits vram transfer rates when accessed.
I would hold onto the upgrade money and get the next gen equivalent
A 980 or 1060 would be much better options that do not suffer from the same problems.
 
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Loved my 970, and even Monster Hunter: World at 4K doesn't max out it's VRAM.

It's the age old story of the GPU not having enough grunt before VRAM becomes an issue, but hey ho, people love to complain.
 
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A 1060 is definitely not a sidegrade from a 970, it's about 15% faster, plus the additional VRAM make it much more able to play modern games.
 
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A 1060 is definitely not a sidegrade from a 970, it's about 15% faster, plus the additional VRAM make it much more able to play modern games.
But all of the benchmarking sites I've gone to have the 970 beating the 1060 in so many categories, especially game related benchmarks
 
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But all of the benchmarking sites I've gone to have the 970 beating the 1060 in so many categories, especially game related benchmarks
Not sure where you're looking, but make sure you're comparing the 6GB 1060 to the 970, not the 3gb 1060. The 1060 6gb handily beats the 970 and you'll never encounter the ram issues.
 
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Still rockin but not a beast! :D
 
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It's the age old story of the GPU not having enough grunt before VRAM becomes an issue, but hey ho, people love to complain.
I shared a real experience that I had, which was documented by a whole host of users. Thank you for marginalizing a real world problem. It's what you seem to be good at.
 
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A 1060 is definitely not a sidegrade from a 970, it's about 15% faster, plus the additional VRAM make it much more able to play modern games.
A graphics card that's not at least, or more than, 50% faster is a sidegrade. Only 15% faster? Please. That's called a MAJOR sidegrade. MEGA waste of time/money.
 
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A graphics card that's not at least, or more than, 50% faster is a sidegrade. Only 15% faster? Please. That's called a MAJOR sidegrade. MEGA waste of time/money.
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Get the 1070 or Ti version this is the path to go 970<1070 ..1060 6gb is small upgrade :)
 
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