These days news about the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 3.5GB of video memory are in the air. Yesterday, Xiao Bian has also verified this problem in lots of games, it shows only 3.5GB utilization. NVIDIA has also made explained that this is by design. But the official answer did not explain in detail and there are lots of questions in the consumer minds. Now the foregin media PCPer has dig this matter into deep and find out that, there is an error on the NVIDIA GTX 970 graphics card specifications as it is featuring only 56 ROPs and about 1.7MB of L2 cache available to it. It can still hit the bandwidth of 224 GB/s but in order to achieve these numbers the card has to access both the memory blocks. Admittedly, it was claimed that this does not affect gaming performance, but apparently this is not quite true.
Now, it turns out that NVIDIA will try to protect its position in another way – by issuing special graphics drivers that will solve the problem of access to video memory.
One of the employees from the NVIDIA side on the official forum dedicated to GeForce cards, today announced that the engineers are working on new graphics drivers that would improve the performance of GeForce GTX 970 – most likely in terms of access problems just to “last” 0.5 GB of video memory. Unfortunately, the details on this are not known to us, but it would be related to the resurrection of inactive L2 cache block.
Interestingly, the same employee offered to one of the user assistance in replacing or even paying your graphics card amount, but his view is currently the best model in its price category.
The fate of the turbulent history of the GTX 970 GeForce cards can be summed up in three parts, referring to the novel Lord of the Rings:
- GeForce GTX 970: The Fellowship of the memory
- GeForce GTX 970: Two specifications
- GeForce GTX 970: The Return of the driver
Hopefully we would not have to invent the next titles describing the 970-fives problems 😉
Source: GeForce, inf. own