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Gainward Phantom GTX 970 GPU Review

  1. Introduction, Packaging and Closer Look
  2. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  3. 3DMark (2013) Benchmark
  4. 3DMark 11 Benchmark
  5. OpenGL Benchmark- Cinebench 11.5 and R15
  6. Unigene: Heaven 4.0 Benchmark
  7. Hitman Absolution
  8. Shadow of Mordor
  9. GTA V Benchmark
  10. GRID Autosport Benchmark
  11. GPU Computation Benchmark
  12. Folding at Home and LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark
  13. Conclusion
  14. Online Purchase Links
  15. View All

Hardware BBQ gets very minimum support from hardware manufacturers since we have a no-strings-attached policy and ended up blacklisting even tier 1 brands for improper misconduct. But thanks to a handful of companies who value the importance and benefits of providing components for the test bench, we do what we’re good at with the resources at hand. I would like to thank:

  • Gigabyte India for providing Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT Rev 1.0 motherboard
  • WD India for providing 4x WD Red 3TB NAS drives
  • Coolermaster India for providing Coolermaster GX450 RS-450-ACAA-D3 Power Supply
Test Setup for: Gainward Phantom GTX 970
CPU+ CPU Cooler+ MB Intel i7 4790K + Noctua NH-U12S + Gigabyte Z97X-Gaming GT
GPU Drivers Nvidia GeForce 355.36 WHQL Drivers
Memory Kingston 8GB 1600MHz DDRIII
Primary OS drive SanDisk Extreme 240GB SSD + WD Red 3TB WD30EFRX
Power Supply Corsair TX750
Chassis Lian Li A70F Full Tower PC Case
The Benchmarks are as follows:

Futuremark Benchmarks:

  • 3DMark: Sky Diver, Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme Presets
  • 3DMark 11: Performance and Xtreme Preset

OpenGL Benchmarks: Cinebench 11.5 and Cinebench R15

Unigine Benchmark: Heaven 4.0- 3 presets

Game Benchmarks:

  • Hitman Absolution with 3 presets
  • Shadows of Mordor with 4 presets
  • Grand Theft Auto V with three presets
  • GRID Autosport with four presets

For measuring GPU computation, I’ve included Compubench benchmark workloads.

  • Face Detection and TV-L1 Optical Flow Test
  • Ocean Surface Simulation Test
  • Particle Simulation-64K Test
  • Computation Benchmark- Graphics and Video Composition
  • Bitcoin Mining

OpenCL Benchmarks

  • Folding at Home Benchmark
  • LuxMark OpenCL Benchmark


  1. I’ll be extremely honest (came here from a link on techpowerup):
    This is a small website in a crowded field, if you don’t make in depth and stand out reviews, it won’t go anywhere.

    Not even temps and overclock? Why bother?

  2. Will do from now onwards!

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