Here are the first pictures of a partner branded NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 graphics cards, it is the Galaxy GeForce GTX 970 GC. The images were spotted on Chinese PC enthusiast forums and social networks. The images were not the only thing that was leaked, but we have specifications and even a few benchmarks.
Taking a look at the photos we can see that the card is built for the high-end market segment with its twin fan aluminum fin-stack cooling solution. The card also features a nice backplate and through it we can see a galaxy signature blue PCB. There is also appears to be a high-grade VRM design that draws power from a combination of 8pin and 6pin PCI-Express power connectors.
On the rear of the card we can see two DVI, a single HDMI and DisplayPort outputs.
The leak also showed photos of a reference GeForce GTX 970 card. Of course being a reference card it is not much to write home about, but that is because NVIDIA will not be shipping reference-designed cards. The GeForce GTX 970 will most likely be an AIC-exclusive, meaning that you will only find custom-designed cards based on this chip. Looking at the reference PCB we can see it looks like the same one that NVIDIA used on the GeForce GTX 760, GTX 670 and GTX 660 Ti. This is because the GK104 and GM204 are actually pin-identical. We have seen this in the past from both AMD and NVIDIA.
Moving on to the specifications of the card, which were pulled from a GPU-Z screenshot. There is what we could make out from that screenshot.
– GPU identified as “1C32”
– 1664 CUDA cores
– 138 TMUs
– 32 ROPs
– 256-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface
– 4 GB standard memory amount
– 1051 MHz core, 1178 MHz GPU Boost, and 7012 MHz (GDDR5-effective) memory clocks
– 224 GB/s memory bandwidth
Now for the important part, the benchmarks! The card was run through 3DMark 11 on the Extreme preset. The score was X3963 points, which if you factor in the i3-4130 used in the test bench, puts the performance of the GTX 970 somewhere between the GTX 780 and GTX 780 Ti.