Gigabyte Launches New GTX 970 Twin-Turbo Graphics Card
When GTX 970 was launched back in Sep 14, it attracted a lot of consumer base mainly because of the staggering performance it provides per dollar and the power performance ratio was immense too. Nvidia really outdid AMD with its new Maxwell technology.
Despite the 3.5GB + a slower 0.5GB VRAM, the performance this card provides for its price at 1080p is crazy. Gigabyte has previously launched Gigabyte G1 and Gigabyte GTX 970 editions with windforce cooling design.
Although Gigabyte is known for its windforce design, which can reportedly dissipate 600W of heat using its three fans, it has decided to go on a different approach with this new edition.
As pictured above, the card shows a Twin-Turbo fan which is exposed at both ends, it draws air from both the sides of the card and exhausts it out through the back of the card. This is especially ideal for SLI configurations because unlike other cards from Gigabyte, Twin-Turbo doesn’t vent heat out from the top of the card which can cause heat issues for the upper card in the SLI stack.
Gigabyte claims that Twin-Turbo is 29% cooler than the reference Nvidia GTX 970. It comes with a boost clock of 1216 MHz and a stock clock of 1101 MHz, which is a tad lower than the G1 edition, which shipped with a 1329 MHz.
Like Asus Strix and unlike other versions of GTX 970 from Gigabyte, this card ships with a single 8 pin connector and gigabyte wants you to have atleast 400 Watt power supply.
Anyways, Maxwell is a great overclocker. Make sure that your case is well ventilated and you can can heavily overclock it and get performance near to a GTX 980 in certain games. If you have the money and you are looking for the best performance/price ratio, then look no further, buy this card.