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NVIDIA GTX 970 in 2021 Revisit: Benchmarks vs. 1080, 2060, 3070, 5700 XT, & More

We’re revisiting the NVIDIA GTX 970 “4GB” card in 2021, with benchmarks vs. the new RTX 3080, 3070, 3060 Ti, AMD RX 6800 & XT, and updated tests against the GTX 10 series for used GPUs.
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In this review of the NVIDIA GTX 970, we’re using EVGA’s GTX 970 SSC from an age past to see how it compares to today’s newer releases. We have a lot of cards in these benchmarks, like the RTX 30 cards from NVIDIA and RX 6800 cards from AMD, but it may be the older stuff that proves most valuable in the comparison. Tests of the GTX 1080, RTX 2060, 2070, 2080, and RX 5700 XT cards may prove most useful as potential upgrade pathways for people buying used video cards in 2021. Until inventory and supply stabilizes, these are some of the most readily available, and so we have them on the charts for comparisons.

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00:00 – History of the GTX 970
04:39 – Tomb Raider GTX 970 GPU Benchmarks (1080p, 1440p, 4K)
07:45 – Three Kingdoms GPU Benchmarks (1080p, 1440p, 4K) 970
09:14 – GTA V GTX 970 in 2021 (1080p, 1440p, 4K) Benchmarks
11:49 – Rainbow Six: Siege GPU Benchmarks – GTX 970
14:16 – Horizon Zero Dawn GPU Benchmarks
15:36 – Red Dead Redemption 2 GTX 970 Benchmarks
16:35 – Cyberpunk 2077 GTX 970 Benchmarks
17:22 – Power Consumption of GTX 970
18:11 – Conclusion

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Editorial, Testing, Host: Steve Burke
Additional Testing: Mike Gaglione
Video: Keegan Gallick, Andrew Coleman


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