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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  • Ryan Smith - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    It will apparently be delivered via a vBIOS update, judging from what is being said on EVGA's forum. Reply
  • justaviking - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - link

    Excellent. Thank you. Reply
  • Gunbuster - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    Too bad it seems ACX 2.0 is a loud ass cooler, have used EVGA in the past but that moves it off my list. Reply
  • Qwertilot - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    You'd think they should be able to get the fans to at the very least spin down a lot further than that at idle - there seems to be at least three 970 cards capable of running on purely passive cooling at idle now. (Asus, MSI and Palit.). Reply
  • maximumGPU - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    Very tempting for us 670 owners!
    Although will look for models with quieter coolers. Seems silly to have a loud one with such a low TDP.
  • Dahak - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    Did I miss the information about the compatibility issues that was indicated in the 980 review? or is it going to be in another article?
  • JarredWalton - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    It was briefly discussed on page 3:

    Basically, it was mostly a problem with the ASRock motherboard Ryan uses for GPU testing.
  • sweeper765 - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    So EVGA put all this work into lowering fan power consumption but forgot about idle noise? I find this perplexing . And i believe they had this same problem with other older models as well.

    Also i don't like the idea of passive cooling. Running the card at 50C for a long time is not good for longevity. I had a passive Gigabyte card in the past that after a few years was showing colored pixels on the screen.

    Better to use a low rpm (<1000) for quiet operation. You're not going to hear the difference anyway because you have other components making some kind of noise in the case.
  • Tetracycloide - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    In fairness, idle noise is much easier, just a BIOS change. Load noise required hardware revisions. Reply
  • The_Assimilator - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    Why use two 6-pin PCIe power connectors when a single 8-pin would do the job just fine? Would certainly cut down on the BOM, and of course cable clutter. Reply

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