Since you didn't actually read any of the review and jumped on the one part you didn't like, I'll help address your points so people can understand why we got annoyed with your extremely cherry-picked quote for the OP, one which you took out of context. Context in that case being "If you're on a budget at 1080p only all you need is the crappy 970".
In reference to the 970:
Originally Posted by mtcn77
Well, their conclusion could be right only for all the wrong reasons which is the case. Based on how they reached it, it could also be a vacuous truth, if it is false by its premises. It makes it an overwhelming exception when they have vested so much of the review for GTX 970 and R9 Nano is just there as the name sake. They didn't overclock it, they didn't emphasize its silence, nor any of its qualities;
however they have tried at every opportunity to equate a louder profiled & less overclocking card with its position, lest they might. Nano is just there for them to subrogate a Gigabyte gtx 970 with it, actually.
The video card running a game at full-load shows that the GPU actually starts off at 1300MHz, but it instantly goes down and is not able to sustain that at all. We wanted to show you this screenshot above mainly to show you that the temperature while gaming was 81c with a maxed out 100% fan with this overclock and the clock frequency still wasn't stable.
Again we want to state the fan noise is something that could not be ignored, it was extremely annoying with the fan speed so high. We will talk more about the fan in the power and temp page because overall the GIGABYTE N970-IX-OC video card was pretty bad in terms of fan noise at default settings.
On the other hand the XFX Radeon R9 Nano video card is a quiet video card even after gaming for hours. We never heard its fan at all from outside the case. Hands down the Nano wins the sound war in this small form factor segment.
With the 970 overclocked:
The cons of the GIGABYTE GTX 970 N970-IX-OC are that this video card chokes at higher resolutions like 1440p. Even overclocked it cannot come anywhere near the performance of XFX Radeon R9 Nano. It is slightly bigger as a video card. And lastly, the fan is very noisy, which may very well not be fitting for your SFF system.
At the bottom of the conclusion that you obviously didn't read:
Even in an older game like BF4 the Nano cannot be reckoned with.
There is no need to show other games, every one was still a lot faster on the XFX Radeon R9 Nano.
And this little gem:
Since there are only a few video cards that are fighting for this niche-of-a-niche segment of small form factor cases that cannot utilize full-length video cards perhaps that price is justified. Obviously value is going to change from user to user. Right now there isn't a lot of competition and typically you do pay more for the best, and in every way the Nano is the best in this very specialized segment.
Edited by Scorpion49 - 11/6/15 at 8:12am
In our next evaluation we are going to take it up a notch, include more price-competitive comparisons, an overclocked CPU, an overclocked Nano, and 4K testing in a small form factor case that does allow full length video cards to be installed.