Anyone looking to upgrade their gaming rig to support 4K Ultra HD resolutions may be interested in new research carried out by the Digital Foundry to see if 4K resolutions can be accomplished for an affordable price using the GTX 970 priced at around £200.
Watch the video below to learn more about how the GTX 970 was tested running the Crisis trilogy and the results you can expect from a budget 4K system.
Our initial experiments could only begin by addressing the age-old question: can it run Crysis? More specifically, could we run the entire Crysis trilogy at native 4K on a GTX 970? It’s all about reducing the lowest recorded frame-rates here, and the fact is that there’s a very large amount of overclocking headroom on all of Nvidia’s Maxwell-era graphics cards. Typically, you can add +200MHz to the core and +500MHz to the GDDR5 memory, using a tool like MSI Afterburner.
Just remember to ramp up power delivery as far as it will go (110 per cent in the case of the GTX 970) and you’re good to go. We’ve even managed this without issue on a small form-factor Zotac card – just remember to deduct any factory overclock the card may have from that +200MHz. So, in the case of our test subject – an MSI Gaming 4G version of the GTX 970 – we need to dial in +136MHz instead, as it already comes with a 64MHz factory OC.
For more information on the testing jump over to the official Eurogamer website by the link below.