NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 SLI 4K and NV Surround Review

We take 2-Way NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 SLI for a spin and compare it to R9 290X CF, R9 290 CF, GTX 780 SLI at 4K resolution as well as NV Surround on a triple-display setup. If you want to see how all these video cards compare in these different display configurations we've got just the thing. Find out what $700 SLI gets you.


Alien: Isolation

Alien: Isolation was recently released. This new game, based in the Alien universe, brings with it some impressive new technologies in terms of image quality and GPU rendering. We are using the latest version of this game to show you performance you can expect. For this test we are going to use Mission 14 for our actual run-through. Our run-through includes all the special effects the game can throw at you, including the GPU driven particle effects.

Highest Playable Settings 4K

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This game proved to be very fast on all configurations. We had no trouble maximizing this game's graphics settings to the highest levels at 4K on each video card configuration. This means all video cards compared here provided the same level of visual detail. Performance was so high that it was hard to tell the difference between each configuration, except for maybe GeForce GTX 780 SLI. We could feel a difference with the lower framerates provided by this configuration compared to the rest.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 SLI is faster than the AMD Radeon R9 290 CrossFire setup and the GeForce GTX 780 SLI setup, by a wide margin. AMD Radeon R9 290X CrossFire, however, is faster than GeForce GTX 970 SLI in this game.

GTX 970 SLI is about 9% faster than R9 290 CrossFire and 16% faster than GTX 780 SLI.

Highest Playable Settings NV Surround

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Framerates only go up at this lesser resolution. AMD R9 290X CrossFire remains in the lead, and GeForce GTX 970 SLI is again faster than the R9 290 CrossFire and GTX 780 SLI. With framerates this high, you can't go wrong with any configuration.