GTX 970 Turbo review

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Patrick82
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GTX 970 Turbo review

Post by Patrick82 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:07 am

I replaced my Sapphire HD7950 with Asus GTX 970 Turbo and it is VERY LOUD in desktop. I couldn't stand it any longer so I had to fix the problem FAST! I use a Be Quiet Straight Power 10 PSU and left it inside my room, the computer case I put in the other room, but was still very noisy, so I had to take apart my sofa and cover the computer with all the pillows. I also put any pieces of cloth I could find and put it inside the gap. I will use this setup until the new Pascal GPU comes out.

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Re: GTX 970 Turbo review

Post by quest_for_silence » Sun Dec 06, 2015 5:48 am

Patrick82 wrote:I will use this setup until the new Pascal GPU comes out.
So you won't use your sofa for the next year?

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Re: GTX 970 Turbo review

Post by edh » Sun Dec 06, 2015 8:06 am

So you'd rather dismantle your sofa and sit on the floor for the next 6 months than fix the problem itself? There are a number of aftermarket heatsinks that would be suitable for the GTX 970 and fitting them is a 30 minute job. Plus you could then have all of your computer components INSIDE your case and in the correct room.

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Re: GTX 970 Turbo review

Post by Patrick82 » Sun Dec 06, 2015 11:32 am

edh wrote:So you'd rather dismantle your sofa and sit on the floor for the next 6 months than fix the problem itself? There are a number of aftermarket heatsinks that would be suitable for the GTX 970 and fitting them is a 30 minute job. Plus you could then have all of your computer components INSIDE your case and in the correct room.
Yes. I'm planning on selling the GTX 970 later so I don't want to open it up. The performance of this card is not something I can live with for more than a few months. I need to run my favorite game (ARK: Survival Evolved) at 20 fps for acceptable graphics, or 30 fps with poor graphics. I keep switching the settings during the game for different environments, I turn off shadows at night etc. This is not fun, but I don't have a choice. With my old HD7950 it was even worse, I had to put graphics quality on the lowest settings, it made the game look 10 years old.
Perhaps I should get another GTX 970 Turbo and run it in SLI?

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Re: GTX 970 Turbo review

Post by quest_for_silence » Sun Dec 06, 2015 12:07 pm

Patrick82 wrote:Perhaps I should get another GTX 970 Turbo and run it in SLI?
Are you kidding? That game simply cannot run well on a PC, maybe you should get a Playstation.

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Re: GTX 970 Turbo review

Post by Smanci » Wed Mar 22, 2017 12:45 pm

This thread is legendary and I'm going to hijack it.

I just got a 970 Turbo for cheeeap and decided to slap an AC Mono Plus on it. I'm seeing 44C at full tilt, slightly overclocked and undervolted so all good there, but minimum fan speed is around 1000RPM and that's where I've locked it at. It's SPCR-quiet but not near inaudible which is what I want. That probably means dropping 200-300RPM off.

What are my options? The fan connector seems standard GPU 4-pin pwm. Are there any adapters similar to Noctua ULN, but smaller, that I could use? Wouldn't like bricking my card with bios mods for starters.

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Re: GTX 970 Turbo review

Post by nancy7 » Tue May 02, 2017 11:19 pm

Will this card fit in a Corsair Carbide Spec2 case?

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Re: GTX 970 Turbo review

Post by quest_for_silence » Wed May 03, 2017 2:09 am

nancy7 wrote:Will this card fit in a Corsair Carbide Spec2 case?

Of course, but why did you ask us (and why are you looking at it, given it's loud and obsolete and that Spec-02 is not exactly a cool case)?

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Re: GTX 970 Turbo review

Post by Derek Semeraro » Sun Sep 24, 2017 10:31 pm

The GTX 970 is significantly stronger than the GTX 1050 Ti, comparable to the RX 480 and is slightly weaker than the GTX 1060. I would assume it lies somewhere between a Playstation 4 Pro and an Xbox One X in gaming performance. At 120 watts, it's not as power efficient as current-gen cards, but it's not unreasonably power-hungry either.

Builders should probably go for the 1060 (3 GB) because of energy efficiency, avoidance of any potential risks of the used market and because software tends to be better optimized for more recent cards in general. However, if a good deal can be had for the GTX 970, it's definitely a very good card for both gaming and video editing.

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