Linux Testing Of The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA on 17 October 2014 at 11:00 AM EDT. 3 Comments
After last month's review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 on Linux, many Phoronix readers expressed interest in seeing tests of the GeForce GTX 970, another powerful Maxwell graphics card but costs much less than the GTX 980. I now have my hands on an EVGA GeForce GTX 970 and am working on Linux performance benchmarks for this graphics card.

Next week on Phoronix you can expect to find a full Linux hardware review of the GeForce GTX 970 compared to an assortment of other graphics cards. This weekend might be some early standalone numbers on for those really curious about the GeForce GTX 970.

The particular graphics card being tested at this time is the EVGA GeForce GTX 970 Superclocked 4GB (04G-2974-KR). The $340 USD graphics card has 1664 CUDA cores, 4GB of 256-bit GDDR5 memory, 1165MHz core clock speed, 1317MHz Boost clock speed, 7010Mz memory clock speed. The card boasts two DVI, one HDMI, and one DisplayPort connection.

As long as you're using the latest proprietary NVIDIA Linux driver, the GeForce GTX 970 should work on the Linux distribution of your choice. It will likely be months before the open-source Nouveau driver has good Maxwell support -- re-clocking, acceleration without having to use external firmware, etc.

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