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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 9% 40%
Red Dead Redemption 2 34% 2%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 34% 2%
Doom Eternal 43% 12%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 9% 40%
Need For Speed Heat 34% 2%
Grand Theft Auto VI 1% 56%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 9% 40%
BeamNG.drive 46% 17%
Star Citizen 46% 17%

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

The GTX 970 has a 38 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 970. This results in the GTX 970 providing 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 38 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 970 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 970 providing 2.1 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

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 4096 MB more video memory than the GTX 970, 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 memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X 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.

The GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI has 3328 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 5746 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2788. The GTX 970 having 2958 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 970.

The GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI requires 296 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition requires 148 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 970 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970. The GTX 970 requires 148 Watts more than the GTX 970 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 970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1140 MHzvs1102 MHz
Boost Clock1279 MHzvs1241 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-200-A1Maxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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1920x1080
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2560x1440
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 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%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units3328vs1664
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units104vs104
Texture Rate118.6 GTexel/svs114.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units56vs56
Pixel Rate63.8 GPixel/svs61.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power296 Wattsvs148 Watts
Recommended PSU700 Watts & 51 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 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 ReviewThe SLI setup of GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition.Overview
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.
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