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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  • dj christian - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    What type of fans does it use? Ball bearing or sleeve bearing? Reply
  • bardolious - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    EVGA uses double ball bearing fans. That's where the extra noise comes from. Much noisier at idle but far more durable. I've really been pleased with the ACX cooler on my 770. Reply
  • Chloiber - Sunday, September 28, 2014 - link

    Actually, the noisy ACX on my 770 is the reason I won't be buying another EVGA anytime soon. They have given me a silent BIOS, which is great, but the ACX is still by far the loudest noise maker in my PC. It has also been proven by countless reviews: the idle and even load noise levels were higher than those of the stock GTX 770. And they are making the same mistake AGAIN - I really can't believe it.
    Well, they seem to come around after seeing all the competitors which seem to understand what it means to deliver silent cards.

    The ACX cooler isn't bad, it's actually rather good - the only problem is that they never understood what a "silent" card means. They were always going for lower temperature over lower noise levels - even in idle, which made absolutely no sense.
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  • Iketh - Monday, September 29, 2014 - link

    enjoy the other brands' fans going out in 1-2 years

    also if you read the article (updated 9/26, two days before your post), evga is releasing a passive idle bios which makes your whole post pointless
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  • creed3020 - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    In all honesty I cannot see how comparing a _reference_ R9 290X on Uber to this particular 970 is valid.

    We really need a similar open air cooled R9 290X to really see how power, temps, and noise compare....Everyone knows that AMD's reference blower for the 290X just isn't up to the task of cooling that beast.
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  • haukionkannel - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    True. The R9 290 reference cooler is one of the worst options to chose and non reference has been much better! But still 970 is hard nail in 290X skin! Reply
  • Lithium - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    Yep
    But reference 290X still selling and used to make price as low as 449$.
    So its valid
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  • creed3020 - Monday, September 29, 2014 - link

    Good point. I guess some manufacturers just want that entry product in their stack of offerings and go with the reference design.

    Thanks Ryan for the hard work on the nVidia 980/970 release, these articles were excellent. In the future perhaps consider a followup test comparing a bunch of cards to more so evaluate their coolers and OC potential. That could be very interesting taking some of the top and mid cards from each manufacturer and doing a quantitative analysis across the board.
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  • AkibWasi - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    970 has 52 FP64 cuda cores right ? why block diagram doesn't show those ? Reply
  • Ryan Smith - Friday, September 26, 2014 - link

    NVIDIA does not include the FP64 CUDA cores in their diagrams for consumer chips. This has been the case as far back as GK104. Reply

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