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Review: EVGA GeForce GTX 970 FTW

by Parm Mann on 19 September 2014, 03:30

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), EVGA

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3DMark

Homepage: futuremark.com | Publisher: Futuremark | Download: Free basic edition

3DMark is the latest version of this hugely-popular synthetic benchmark. Making use of DX11 features such as tessellation, compute shaders and multi-threading, it provides modern-day results and is available as a free download.

EVGA's GTX 970 FTW gets off to a flying start by smashing the 5,000 and 10,000 barriers in the 3DMark Fire Strike tests. Remember, the card has fewer cores, fewer texture units and a much narrower memory bus compared to the GTX 780 Ti, yet the fact that it manages to overthrow Nvidia's previous-generation champ is testament to the efficiency of the Maxwell architecture.

Digging deeper into the aforementioned architecture enhancements, Maxwell's colour-compression engine proves valuable in the relevant 3DMark Vantage test. Colour Fill Rate is improved by almost 86 per cent when compared to the previous-generation GTX 770.

But hey, synthetic benchmarks and the promise of architecture efficiency aren't what gamers are looking for. It's the in-game experience that counts.