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ASUS STRIX Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card £174.91 @ Currys / PC World

£174.91 @ Currys
Hurrah, a 970 back down again, everywhere seems to have had a price hike on these! I know a few 970s did drop a week or so back, but they have all gone by the looks of things. So if you missed it, or … Read More
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[mod] 7m, 4w agoFound 7 months, 4 weeks ago
Hurrah, a 970 back down again, everywhere seems to have had a price hike on these! I know a few 970s did drop a week or so back, but they have all gone by the looks of things. So if you missed it, or were spending time thinking... well at least you can grab one if you waited too long before.

I reckon this is about the cheapest this card has been. Smashing price if you’re already running one card and are thinking about SLI. In fact price/Performance this is really reasonable. Cards seem to be going up again, as predicted really :(

It’s quick and as far as I’m aware, really nice and quiet at this price point. Just in time for the new releases at the back end of this year (for those that want to upgrade) It is the 4GB version so bob on for 1080p gaming at the moment. But we all know games are getting more demanding on our Vram

You'll need an 8pin power cable free on your PSU for this. Keep that in mind if you're coming up from a lower end card.

Decent cooler, decent spec, decent price...it's decent :D

PC World link Here, for reasons...

Memory: 4 GB GDDR5

CUDA cores: 1664

Clock speed: 1051 / 1178 MHz

Memory bandwidth: 256-bit

Interface: HDMI / DisplayPort / DVI

Manufacturer’s guarantee: 3 years
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Can this play Minecraft?
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goonertillidie
Can this play Minecraft?

I don't know, once I squeeze it into my laptop I'll check ;)

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[mod] 6 Likes #1
Can this play Minecraft?
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goonertillidie
Can this play Minecraft?


Only if you like 10FPS
[mod] 6 Likes #3
goonertillidie
Can this play Minecraft?

I don't know, once I squeeze it into my laptop I'll check ;)
#4
I wasn't sold on these higher-end 970s being good value, until some chap here last week used reverse psychology to point out that these are better than the 470, roughly equivalent to the 480 and 3GB 1060 but much cheaper, and quite a bit behind the 6GB 1060 but over £50 cheaper.

I don't want to recommend two-year-old hardware as "hot", but that's what the market has given us... oO
2 Likes #5
How do these compare to the 780 glh?

*in answer to my own question these are slightly faster, but no way worth the upgrade.
Cheers.

Edited By: N1Andy on Sep 23, 2016 17:29
2 Likes #6
A good thing with currys/pcworld is they give you 3 years warranty. asus only do rma direct with the retailers not with end users.

Edited By: csf on Sep 23, 2016 17:42: .
#7
csf
A good thing with currys/pcworld is they give you 3 years warranty. asus only do rma direct with the retailers not with end users.


Is that good or bad?
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ukez
csf
A good thing with currys/pcworld is they give you 3 years warranty. asus only do rma direct with the retailers not with end users.
Is that good or bad?

It's good cause ASUS customer service is terrible.
3 Likes #9
Would my Voodoo 2 SLI cable work with this?
2 Likes #10
MEDICGUY
Would my Voodoo 2 SLI cable work with this?


lol I had that card. twin 12mb :-)
#11
970 is a great card. Will run Witcher 3 1080p ultra at 60 FPS no problem (just remember to turn Hairworks off!).
#12
That is a great price on a card that, while not exactly new, will still absolutely destroy anything that Sony or Microsoft come up with for a good while.
#13
Is this the OC version? Picture (of the box) on curry's website is different to the thread picture?
#14
I have one of these and it is the dogs nuts. Hot
2 Likes #15
Love the GTX 970 it is such a good card even today. I love the newer cards but at double the price I can't really recommend them for 1080p gaming.

I would strongly recommend you don't SLI the 970. If you already have the 970 is might be worth waiting another year or two and then using that money to buy the latest or previous year card.
It does only have 3.5Gb GDDR5 so it will be limited going into higher resolutions and higher texture games in the future.

So I love this card by itself. If you are on the fence of dropping the cash on a pair of 970 get a 980ti which went down in price or keep an eye out for a deal on the latest cards.
#16
Does anyone know how this would compare to a R9 390 Strix GPU? Thanks in advance
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cod619
Does anyone know how this would compare to a R9 390 Strix GPU? Thanks in advance

If you have the R9 390 It's not really worth the move. I guess it's down to preference of Vram amounts and software. Obviously Nvidia have they PhysX / Expereince stuff going on but if the R9 has more VRam that might suit you more if you're adding mods to games and what not. You may not be fussed about all of that. If its just based on performance, the either is a good choice in my opinion. You'll find that each will perform better in certain games than the other anyway.

Avoiding any fanboyism, I'd personally go Nvidia if the price is the same or beats the 390 anyway. One of the biggest things that people complain about is high prices with Nvidia vs AMD, so when a Nvidia card beats an AMD on price within the same sort of performance levels, it gets pretty exciting.

Consider Vram, requirements and price differences.



Edited By: NeoTrix on Sep 23, 2016 19:10: ...
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NeoTrix
cod619
Does anyone know how this would compare to a R9 390 Strix GPU? Thanks in advance

If you have the R9 390 It's not really worth the move. I guess it's down to preference of Vram amounts and software. Obviously Nvidia have they PhysX / Expereince stuff going on but if the R9 has more VRam that might suit you more if you're adding mods to games and what not. You may not be fussed about all of that. If its just based on performance, the either is a good choice in my opinion. You'll find that each will perform better in certain games than the other anyway.

Avoiding any fanboyism, I'd personally go Nvidia if the price is the same or beats the 390 anyway. One of the biggest things that people complain about is high prices, so when a Nvidia card beats an AMD on price within the same sort of performance levels, it gets pretty exciting.



Thanks for the super quick response I've already got the R9 390 so I'll stick with it. Thank you again
#19
If you can afford to, get a 1070. It is 2x the price but will be viable for gaming 2x as long, also beats this in power consumption if you go for SLI 970s.

If you can't afford the 1070 this is a good deal

Edited By: paulsalmon77 on Sep 23, 2016 19:36: Edit
#20
what is the fan speed or noise like at ultra settings? my current 5 year old amd card sounds like a airplane engine and drowns out the game audio
2 Likes #21
goonertillidie
Can this play Minecraft?
These jokes are so repetitive, so repetitive.
#22
Very good while waiting for 1080 TI. There's no point of getting 1080 at this moment! (heat added)

Edited By: Rockclimber on Sep 23, 2016 19:43
1 Like #23
Happy with my 290x and full 4GB VRAM thanks
#24
Rockclimber
goonertillidie
Can this play Minecraft?
These jokes are so repetitive, so repetitive.

So just answer the question and we will all know in the future!
#25
mojo5110
Love the GTX 970 it is such a good card even today. I love the newer cards but at double the price I can't really recommend them for 1080p gaming.
I would strongly recommend you don't SLI the 970. If you already have the 970 is might be worth waiting another year or two and then using that money to buy the latest or previous year card.
It does only have 3.5Gb GDDR5 so it will be limited going into higher resolutions and higher texture games in the future.
So I love this card by itself. If you are on the fence of dropping the cash on a pair of 970 get a 980ti which went down in price or keep an eye out for a deal on the latest cards.

Seems like you making your price comparison based on the price of the 1070 which from a performance perspective is wrong. The 970 is in a very similar performance bracket as the 1060 3GB which for an equivalent brand you can pickup for about £40 more. With the latter card you also get lower power consumption and an extra year of driver support, so that's worth taking into account. I would find it hard to choose between them: If the extra £40 is a stretch then the 970 is a great deal otherwise I might opt for the 1060 instead.
#26
I really can't wait for a reference 970 to go to this price so i can swap out one of my gtx670 and down size my water loop so i can go matx...

Other than that i'm skipping upgrading the rest.

Heat+
#27
liveinabin
That is a great price on a card that, while not exactly new, will still absolutely destroy anything that Sony or Microsoft come up with for a good while.

PC Master Race detected.
#28
Will this play 4K movies to a 4K tv?
#29
Tarquin8484
liveinabin
That is a great price on a card that, while not exactly new, will still absolutely destroy anything that Sony or Microsoft come up with for a good while.
PC Master Race detected.

You could buy two of these and trounce a console peasant with a mouse!!

/sarc.
#30
Just bought this second hand for £130. Good deal for a brand new 970 tho

Edited By: Tanweeralqarni on Sep 23, 2016 21:02
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#32
Tanweeralqarni
Just bought this second hand for £130. Good deal for a brand new 970 tho

This. Student deals on Amazon mean this is often up for £130. I grabbed one last week and it's an awesome card. At that price if it only lasts me a year whilst I wait for 1070/1080 prices to level (or for the 490 to release) it'll still have been worth it.
#33
soups
what is the fan speed or noise like at ultra settings? my current 5 year old amd card sounds like a airplane engine and drowns out the game audio

Mines heavily overclocked, have a Be quiet cpu cooler, case and power supply, sometimes I hear a faint fan noise on games that push the card 100% for quite some time, amazing, can tweak the fan profile to always stay on 20% I find that's inaudiable and tends to keep it cooler for longer before needing to ramp up
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Woah, even cheaper than when I posted a month ago. Looks like they have more stock online this time round as well.

Super happy with my SLI STRIX 970's, so far have handled anything I can throw at them. Whisper quiet too.
#35
Get an 480 for abit more no ?
Newer technology + more vram..
#36
out of stock on both links... :-(
3 Likes #38
TALON1973
MEDICGUY
Would my Voodoo 2 SLI cable work with this?


lol I had that card. twin 12mb :-)


I miss my 64mb VooDoo 5. Those were the days quake 1+2, unreal etc
#39
Thanks to you and the OP. Picked one up, assuming they deliver ;)
3 Likes #40
eternald
TALON1973
MEDICGUY
Would my Voodoo 2 SLI cable work with this?
lol I had that card. twin 12mb :-)
I miss my 64mb VooDoo 5. Those were the days quake 1+2, unreal etc

MIss: Dipswitch and jumper overclocking. IDE Raid arrays. Back when both made a noticeable differnce.
Dont miss: Ribbon cables. 3 pin fans. beige cases.

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