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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 2% 2%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2% 2%
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 40%
Halo: Reach 68% 68%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 40% 40%
Detroit: Become Human 54% 54%
Borderlands 3 8% 8%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 40% 40%
FIFA 20 46% 46%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 2% 2%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the GTX 970 and the GTX 970 are equal.

The GTX 970 has a 12 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 970. This results in the GTX 970 providing 1.3 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 12 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 970 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 970 providing 0.7 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 970 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 GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition are the same, which means the GTX 970 and the GTX 970 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

Both the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition have 1664 Shader Processing Units. Having the same number of SPUs and using the same architecture means that the performance they offer can be compared by looking at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the GTX 970 has 1.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate and 0.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate, but the has GB/sec greater memory bandwidth. Although the GPUs are very similar in performance, the GTX 970 takes the edge.

The GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition requires 148 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970 and a PSU with at least 550 Watts for the GTX 970. The GTX 970 requires 2 Watts more than the GTX 970 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 970 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1102 MHzvs1114 MHz
Boost Clock1241 MHzvs1253 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-200-A1Maxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs29 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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2560x1440
7.5
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3840x2160
5.7
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1792 KB green tick vs green tick 1792 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1664vs1664
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units104vs104
Texture Rate114.6 GTexel/svs115.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units56vs56
Pixel Rate61.7 GPixel/svs62.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power148 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs550 Watts & 30 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 i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1440

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 970 Gigabyte WindForce 3X OC 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB created by Gigabyte. It features a new Cooling Solution and overclocking out of the box. Read below to know more.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 1114MHz, instead of 1051MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1253MHz, instead of 1178MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Gigabyte's WINDFORCE 3X Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.
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