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Nvidia explains GeForce GTX 970's memory performance issues, admits error in specs

Ian Paul, Brad Chacos | Jan. 28, 2015
Nvidia got a lot of gamers excited when it unveiled the GeForce GTX 970 last September, and for good reason: It's a powerhouse of a graphics card for just $330. We were duly impressed with the 970 after pitting it against some AMD GPUs and Nvidia's own higher-priced GTX 980 in a graphics card slugfest last fall.

The flagship Radeon R9 290X delivers performance similar to the GTX 970 in most cases, includes 4GB to 8GB of memory with a higher 512-bit memory bus (as opposed to the GTX 970's 256-bit bus), and can often be found for less than the $330 and up Nvidia card — and sometimes far less if you can find juicy rebates. That makes the Radeon better suited for high situations that require more memory — again, very high resolutions and/or cranked anti-aliasing settings — but AMD's cards are far less energy efficient than Nvidia's. Decisions, decisions. 

And surprise! There's already a petition by upset GTX 970 buyers demanding a refund from Nvidia.

For more in-depth details about the GeForce GTX 970's memory details, be sure to check out AnandTech's in-depth examination of the issue, which spans multiple pages and is chock full of nitty-gritty details.


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