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Zotac GTX970 4GB NVIDIA Graphics Card SCAN £240.30 + £4.57 pp @ Scan
Zotac GTX970 4GB NVIDIA Graphics Card SCAN £240.30 + £4.57 pp @ Scan

Zotac GTX970 4GB NVIDIA Graphics Card SCAN £240.30 + £4.57 pp @ Scan

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avaalpha

prefect for my grandma to use ut in the oven



Was that joke inside some Aldi crackers or something? I wouldn't use it again if so...

this product is end of life ?>

Is it worth buying this or paying the extra £50 and getting the MSI, which is supposed to be the best GTX 970?

Great price, mediocre brand. Nothing specifically bad about zotac, but they are generally the value range brand for OEM producers.

Is it worth upgrading from the gtx780?

wacko911

Is it worth upgrading from the gtx780?

I've heard that it's not, but you'd probably want to get further confirmation on that.

wacko911

Is it worth upgrading from the gtx780?



No the GTX970 is the replacement for the GTX780.

wacko911

Is it worth upgrading from the gtx780?



Same performance as a GTX 780. The only benefit of the 970 is that it consumes less power.

martyn_3000

Same performance as a GTX 780. The only benefit of the 970 is that it … Same performance as a GTX 780. The only benefit of the 970 is that it consumes less power.



It's about 10% faster. Not worth upgrading. Depending on what 780 you have, OCing could bridge the difference.

Just got the Palit 970 from Flubit for £240 - small form factor, very quiet and factory Overclocked

Quite excited .... My 560 is starting to struggle with new releases ... The 970 should last for years to come

Its a zotec 780 oc, so overclockable but never tried yet. Ive an itx build so been working on case cooling before i ramp up the cpu/GPU. Just added a water cooler and after about 5 different fan configerations think i have finally managed to keep cpu about 60-70 under load.

Nate1492

Great price, mediocre brand. Nothing specifically bad about zotac, but … Great price, mediocre brand. Nothing specifically bad about zotac, but they are generally the value range brand for OEM producers.



It's the sister brand to Sapphire, owned by the same company. Sapphire only create AMD cards, so the parent company set-up Zotac for Nvidia GPUs. Does that make them a value brand? Not sure I agree.

wacko911

Is it worth upgrading from the gtx780?



Not really, it performs marginally better but I only made the upgrade as my card was eligible for EVGA step-up.
It has a few additional features though:

- More VRAM
- HDMI 2.0
- Efficiency
- Full DX12 support
- Voxel Global Illumination / MFAA / VR Direct (which may be beneficial at a later date)

Picked a model (FTW) which supports a 0% fan profile, unfortunately it has coil whine unlike any of my previous cards

Edited by: "MBeeching" 27th Dec 2014

I have this exact card and love its small size, 5 year warranty and efficient cooling. It is very quiet and the fans never go above 50% speed to keep it under 79*C. It has plenty of over clocking potential and even more once you flash an unlocked bios (if that is your thing).
ZOTAC are not yet a well known brand but they are certainly making waves in the industry, especially with the quality of end product and 5 year warranty.

martyn_3000

Same performance as a GTX 780. The only benefit of the 970 is that it … Same performance as a GTX 780. The only benefit of the 970 is that it consumes less power.



less heat too. thought they were a bit faster

Nbaker

4th best commercial video card at this moment.Heat … 4th best commercial video card at this moment.Heat :)http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html



That site looks very biased. It has the GT 980m above the R9 295x2

Clearly not a reliable source

Graphics cards are good to upgrade every 2-3 years... Not every year!

Moka-Bear

Is it worth buying this or paying the extra £50 and getting the MSI, … Is it worth buying this or paying the extra £50 and getting the MSI, which is supposed to be the best GTX 970?



Nah, best 970 is the Gigabyte Gaming G1 I'd say. Backplate as well.

mattturner756

Graphics cards are good to upgrade every 2-3 years... Not every year!

That's personal preference, I upgrade my GPU's every time the newest and fastest is released, worth it every time considering how more and more demanding games are becoming.

I have the MSI GTX 760, and was contemplating a cheap upgrade to the 960 when it comes out. I know it will never be the biggest upgrade, and probably isn't worth the hassle, but the 760 is already starting to struggle with badly optimised games like WoW (old content is fine, new expansion = mass screen tear/stutter).

Plus I'd love to play Battlefield 4 in 1920x1200 with more than a 40fps average on ultra.

Yay or nay? Or should I just wait for the MSI 970 to drop in price? Probably more tempted by the latter, as MSI have the best custom cards on the market right now IMO. Cool, quiet, and good for OC'ing.

striker33

I have the MSI GTX 760, and was contemplating a cheap upgrade to the 960 … I have the MSI GTX 760, and was contemplating a cheap upgrade to the 960 when it comes out. I know it will never be the biggest upgrade, and probably isn't worth the hassle, but the 760 is already starting to struggle with badly optimised games like WoW (old content is fine, new expansion = mass screen tear/stutter).Plus I'd love to play Battlefield 4 in 1920x1200 with more than a 40fps average on ultra.Yay or nay? Or should I just wait for the MSI 970 to drop in price? Probably more tempted by the latter, as MSI have the best custom cards on the market right now IMO. Cool, quiet, and good for OC'ing.



I'd say yay, if you get the Gigabyte G1 edition you're almost guaranteed a 1500MHz core clock, which gives you 980 speeds. It also comes with a backplate and IMO looks the best too. Sure the MSI isn't too far behind. I'd go for it.

delboyd

I'd say yay, if you get the Gigabyte G1 edition you're almost guaranteed … I'd say yay, if you get the Gigabyte G1 edition you're almost guaranteed a 1500MHz core clock, which gives you 980 speeds. It also comes with a backplate and IMO looks the best too. Sure the MSI isn't too far behind. I'd go for it.



I hadn't even considered Gigabyte, the reviews look very nice indeed! OC potential is insane too. Thanks for the recommendation!

Now I just need to see if it'd be short enough to fit in my ITX case.

Edit: Just seen that it's over 300mm long, my Corsair 250D only supports up to 290mm long cards Looks like it's the MSI card.
Edited by: "striker33" 27th Dec 2014

Nbaker

4th best commercial video card at this moment.Heat … 4th best commercial video card at this moment.Heat :)http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/high_end_gpus.html



Passmark = real world..? This is more or less equivalent to a 780ti at normal gaming resolutions, with the ti edging it out above 1440p due to non-compressed memory bandwidth. Mind you, it does this whilst having a tdp that's 105w lower so it's ridiculously efficient!

Is this one of the best gpu's going?

GAVINLEWISHUKD

No the GTX970 is the replacement for the GTX780.

only the 970 is more efficient and all come with 4gb gddr5....so yh not really an upgrade.Are there any deals on 780's?

striker33

I hadn't even considered Gigabyte, the reviews look very nice indeed! OC … I hadn't even considered Gigabyte, the reviews look very nice indeed! OC potential is insane too. Thanks for the recommendation! :)Now I just need to see if it'd be short enough to fit in my ITX case.Edit: Just seen that it's over 300mm long, my Corsair 250D only supports up to 290mm long cards Looks like it's the MSI card.

msi, asus and Gb are releasing small form factor 970 cards

HeatMarx

only the 970 is more efficient and all come with 4gb gddr5....so yh not … only the 970 is more efficient and all come with 4gb gddr5....so yh not really an upgrade.Are there any deals on 780's?



Not quite sure what you are getting at? He asked was it worth the upgrade. No. The 970 is the 780's replacement. I'm not sure he is looking for an extra 780 for SLI but Ebuyer have MSI 780's (refurb) for £220.

Shame it's from Scam

Dazzlinglemontango

That site looks very biased. It has the GT 980m above the R9 295x2Clearly … That site looks very biased. It has the GT 980m above the R9 295x2Clearly not a reliable source



it's not biased per say, it is results gathered from their benchmarking tool.
So not always 100% i'm sure, but a good guideline.

GAVINLEWISHUKD

Not quite sure what you are getting at? He asked was it worth the … Not quite sure what you are getting at? He asked was it worth the upgrade. No. The 970 is the 780's replacement. I'm not sure he is looking for an extra 780 for SLI but Ebuyer have MSI 780's (refurb) for £220.

eh?you think i'm trolling? I am agreeing that it isn't really worth the upgrade then asked if there are any deals on 780s......simple question really

avaalpha

prefect for my grandma to use ut in the oven



Its not an AMD card so it wouldn't heat up very much

Easy2BCheesy

It's the sister brand to Sapphire, owned by the same company. Sapphire … It's the sister brand to Sapphire, owned by the same company. Sapphire only create AMD cards, so the parent company set-up Zotac for Nvidia GPUs. Does that make them a value brand? Not sure I agree.



Being a sister company to a good brand doesn't make zotac a good brand. I've seen sapphire cards top countless roundups, I've yet to see a Zotac card stand out in any way. Please, find me a review that lists the zotac as the 'winner' and I'll consider them a top brand.

I consider zotac on the same level as PNY.

MSI, ASUS, Gigabyte, and eVGA are consistently the top brands. The rest are a step below. Most notably, Zotac, Palit, and PNY can always be found, by default, at the cheapest prices. When I say they are a value brand, you may assume I'm slagging them off as a knock off. That's not the case, the difference between the top and the bottom in graphics cards is marginal.

But that doesn't change my impression of Zotac, they are a value brand. If money wasn't an issue, I'd never recommend a Zotac over one of the 4 brands I listed above. That's the definition, to me, of a value brand. They only appeal, to me, when they have a cheaper cost.
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