Battlefield 4

Our latest addition to our benchmark suite and our current major multiplayer action game of our benchmark suite is Battlefield 4, DICE’s 2013 multiplayer military shooter. After a rocky start, Battlefield 4 has finally reached a point where it’s stable enough for benchmark use, giving us the ability to profile one of the most popular and strenuous shooters out there. As these benchmarks are from single player mode, based on our experiences our rule of thumb here is that multiplayer framerates will dip to half our single player framerates, which means a card needs to be able to average at least 60fps if it’s to be able to hold up in multiplayer.

Battlefield 4 - 3840x2160 - Medium Quality

Battlefield 4 - 2560x1440 - Ultra Quality

Battlefield 4 - 1920x1080 - Ultra Quality

In Battlefield 4 resolution makes all the difference. AMD’s 4K advantage is in full force here, while that solid lead errodes and the GTX 970 catches up for 1440p and 1080p..

Looking at just the NVIDIA lineup for a second, while not even GTX 980 was able to cross 60fps at 1440p, it does prove that its 17% performance advantage counts for something by being able to push framerates in the high 50s, all while GTX 970 can’t even crack 50fps. EVGA’s FTW overclock will get you there though, and for that matter it can even cross the 60fps mark at 4K.

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  • Daniel Egger - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    I love this card and am really excited. BUT if this cannot run on a single PCIe connector despite being 145W only that is a real deal breaker as I'm definitely not going to replace my excellent PSU just because some moron decided to plan in some additional headroom... Reply
  • Razorbak86 - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    "single PCIe connector... excellent PSU"

    Good one. LOL
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  • wetwareinterface - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - link

    if your psu doesn't have 2 6 pin pci-e connectors it can't be that excellent. the lepa 500 watt is $36 and will run the 970 no problem and is a decent supply. i shudder to think what you have if it can't handle this card. Reply
  • Daniel Egger - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - link

    An efficient quiet low power PSU from "be quiet!" for my HTPC which would be perfectly capable of dealing with the GTX 970. There're actually many PSUs which only have 1 PCIe connector because that's the norm not the execption that you'll need at most one. So I take it that all of you "shuddering" all day thinking of what horrible PSUs others might have, have their high end gaming rigs and don't give a crap about silence and/or efficiency -- good for you but maybe schedule a reality check sometime. Reply
  • maximumGPU - Sunday, September 28, 2014 - link

    Yeah, but that "moron" who planned additional headroom is catering to the needs of the biggest market for these cards, who are gamers likely to overclock at some point. Not the niche need of using it in an htpc case with a low power single pcie psu. Reply
  • D. Lister - Monday, September 29, 2014 - link

    You could use an adapter to get an extra 6-pin connector, which should work fine considering the low power draw of the 970. That is, if your excellent PSU has an HDD power dongle to spare.</snark> Reply
  • pixelstuff - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    Looking at the 970 cards on Newegg, any idea why all brands have the 2x DVI, 1x DisplayPort configuration? While nVidia.com lists the 970 specs as having 3x DisplayPort, 1 DVI port.

    I was hoping to get a 970 with 3 display ports, so I'm wondering what is going on.
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  • yefi - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    The overclock on this is pretty weak. I get 1314Mhz core with a max boost of 1554Mhz with the MSI Frozr 970. I see reviewers hitting ~1500Mhz also. Reply
  • mr.techguru - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - link

    It seems the ACX Cooler similar to the EVGA 760 ACX has a design/manufacturing flew even the 2.0 version has the pipelines vs GPU position flew ; after throughly reading the reviews & users feedback ( EVGA GeForce GTX 970 ACX has misaligned GPU vs heatpipes)  : http://www.overclock.net/t/1514624/eteknix-possibl... and http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/evga-geforce-gtx-... and http://forums.evga.com/m/tm.aspx?m=2221919&p=1 and http://www.eteknix.com/evga-gtx-970-feature-manufa... Therefore I would rather go with another brand Like the Asus Strix Series ; MSI Gaming Series or the Gegabyte G1 Gaming Series .. Less Risk Especially the warranty is RMA. As soon they are available at Stock update asap to order one .. Meanwhile Reason why they did not show the PCB of the ACX 2.0 and they showed us the FTW. I was interested to purchase the ACX version but now In a dilemma since the issue has not been mentioned in a tech site they I usually always trust! Reply
  • bsim500 - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - link

    Good review. Is there going to be a GTX 960 to fill the rather large gap between the GTX 970 and 750Ti? Reply

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