Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini Review

January 15, 2015 | 10:05

Tags: #gtx-970 #maxwell #mini-itx

Companies: #asus

Battlefield 4

Publisher: EA

From our Battlefield 4 review:

'From the start to the end of the campaign you literally have no idea who’s who, why they do or don’t like each other and even what part you play in the whole thing – the latter point not being helped by the fact you’re mute throughout the whole game. You just meander from mission to mission and get on with the task set before you.

Still: who cares, right? Battlefield has long been about its multiplayer, and sure enough here, again the game truly shines. Largely it’s a continuation of what came before but there are enough extras that it feels, if not totally new, different enough to learn all over again.'


With its demanding Frostbite 3 engine, Battlefield 4 is a tough challenge for any GPU. We run the game at its highest 'Ultra' settings with motion blur at 50 percent and the resolution scale at 100 percent. We also manually disable MSAA at 4K, as it's unnecessary and too demanding at this resolution. We run a 60 second benchmark on the game's sixth campaign level, Tashgar, during the on rails section at the level's start, and begin the recording as soon as the subtitle for the first line of dialogue appears on screen.

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Battlefield 4

2,560 x 1,440, DirectX 11, 'Ultra' Settings

  • AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black 6GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB
  • Galax GTX 970 EXOC Black Edition 4GB
  • EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX2 4GB
  • MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G 4GB
  • Asus GTX 970 DirectCU Mini 4GB
  • Asus Strix GTX 970 DirectCU II OC 4GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 280X 3GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 280 3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 2GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 285 2GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 270X 2GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 270 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
  • AMD Radeon R7 265 2GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 750 Ti 2GB
  • AMD Radeon R7 260X 2GB
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Battlefield 4

3,840 x 2,160, DirectX 11, 'Ultra' Settings, 0x AA

  • AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB
  • Galax GTX 970 EXOC Black Edition 4GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
  • EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX2 4GB
  • MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G 4GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black 6GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB
  • Asus GTX 970 DirectCU Mini 4GB
  • Asus Strix GTX 970 DirectCU II OC 4GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 280X 3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB
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