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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 950 2GB
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 158%
Red Dead Redemption 2 2% 88%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2% 88%
Doom Eternal 12% 61%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 40% 158%
Need For Speed Heat 2% 88%
Grand Theft Auto VI 56% 187%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 40% 158%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 2% 81%
Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem 34% 21%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 950 2GB.

The GTX 970 has a 78 MHz higher core clock speed and 56 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 950. This results in the GTX 970 providing 65.4 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 970 has a 78 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Render Output Units than the GTX 950. This results in the GTX 970 providing 28.9 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 950 was released less than a year after the GTX 970, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GTX 970 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 950, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 970 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 970 has 118.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 950, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is massively better than the GTX 950.

The GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 1664 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 950 2GB has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2788 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 950 is 1232. The GTX 970 having 1556 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 950.

The GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition requires 148 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 950 2GB requires 90 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970 and a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the GTX 950. The GTX 970 requires 58 Watts more than the GTX 950 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 970 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 950.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1102 MHzvs1024 MHz
Boost Clock1241 MHzvs1188 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-200-A1Maxwell GM206-250
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs20 Aug 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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10
1600x900
10
green tick vs
9.6
1920x1080
10
green tick vs
7.6
2560x1440
7.5
green tick vs
5.5
3840x2160
5.7
green tick vs
3.9

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1653 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs105.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1792 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1664vs768
Actual Shader Performance100%vs59%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units104vs48
Texture Rate114.6 GTexel/svs49.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units56vs32
Pixel Rate61.7 GPixel/svs32.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power148 Wattsvs90 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs350 Watts & 23 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-4460 3.2GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB created by MSI. It features a new Cooling Solution and overclocking out of the box. Read below to know more.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1102MHz, instead of 1051MHz. The Boost Clock is now of 1241MHz, instead of 1178MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock still runs at 1753MHz and the Frame Buffer is still 4GB. This is adequate for the GPU.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by MSI's Armor 2X Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.
Overview
GeForce GTX 950 2GB is a Fast-Middle-Class Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
GeForce GTX 950 2GB Features a GPU Codenamed GM206-250 which is a Second Gen Maxwell GPU. It offers DirectX Feature Level of 12.1 and the Third Generation Delta Color Compression Technology which increases bandwidth efficiency by 30%.
It has 6 Stream Multiprocessors activated and offers 768 Shader Processing Units, 48 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1024MHz and goes up to 1188MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 128-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1653MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 2GB.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 90W, it requires at least a 400W PSU and one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate Similar Performance to AMD's Radeon R9 270X, using the best suited Resolution - 1920x1080.
As a Result, AMD's Radeon R9 370 is considerably slower and Large Factory Overclocked Versions of GeForce GTX 950, may match GeForce GTX 960's Performance.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 950 2GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Performance Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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