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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1070 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition GeForce GTX 970 4GB

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB.

The GTX 1070 has a 557 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. This results in the GTX 1070 providing 83.6 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 1070 has a 557 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 970. This results in the GTX 1070 providing 44 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 1070 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 970, and so the GTX 1070 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 970.

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 1070 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 1070 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 1070 has 35.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 970, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 1070 is noticeably better than the GTX 970.

The GeForce GTX 1070 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition has 1920 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 4GB has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1070 is 4658 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2646. The GTX 1070 having 2012 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 1070 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 970.

The GTX 1070 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 970. This means that the GTX 1070 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 970.

The GeForce GTX 1070 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition requires 150 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970 4GB requires 145 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 1070 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970. The GTX 1070 requires 5 Watts more than the GTX 970 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 1070 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 970.

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Grand Theft Auto V

78.9 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

46.3 FPS

The Witcher III

100.2 FPS

The Witcher III

48 FPS

Crysis 3

118.4 FPS

Crysis 3

76.7 FPS

Just Cause 4

46 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

72.1 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

46.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

73.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

48 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

97.1 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

62.9 FPS

Battlefield 1

125.3 FPS

Battlefield 1

81.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

92.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

59.7 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

78.6 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

50.9 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

56 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

36.3 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

78.2 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

54 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

93 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

60.3 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

92.9 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

60.2 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

224.3 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

38 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

57.3 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

37.1 FPS

Metro: Exodus

65.2 FPS

Metro: Exodus

42.2 FPS

Far Cry 5

103.9 FPS

Far Cry 5

67.3 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

126.2 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

81.8 FPS

Battlefield V

124.9 FPS

Battlefield V

54 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

100 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

64.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

57.3 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

37.1 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

79.8 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

51.7 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

29.1 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

18.9 FPS

The Witcher III

44 FPS

The Witcher III

28.5 FPS

Crysis 3

37.1 FPS

Crysis 3

24 FPS

Just Cause 4

28.7 FPS

Just Cause 4

18.6 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

31.9 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

20.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

43.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

18 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

29.1 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

18.9 FPS

Battlefield 1

58.6 FPS

Battlefield 1

38 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

33.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

21.8 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

36.4 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

23.6 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

25.9 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

16.8 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

36.9 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

23.9 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

32 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

20.8 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

35.5 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

23 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

58.6 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

38 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

27.4 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

17.7 FPS

Far Cry 5

34.9 FPS

Far Cry 5

22.6 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

43.7 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

28.3 FPS

Battlefield V

57.6 FPS

Battlefield V

21 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

54.4 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

35.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

28.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

18.2 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

41.7 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

27 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1607 MHzvs1050 MHz
Boost Clock1797 MHzvs1178 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P104-200-A1Maxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date10 Jun 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
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1920x1080
10
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2560x1440
9.2
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7.4
3840x2160
7.2
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed2027 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth259.5GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1792 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1920vs1664
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units120vs104
Texture Rate192.8 GTexel/svs109.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs56
Pixel Rate102.8 GPixel/svs58.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs145 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 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 i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 1070 MSI Gaming X 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 1070, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1506MHz to 1607MHz, whereas the Boost Clock can now achieve 1797MHz, instead of 1683MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock has been increased from 2002MHZ to 2027MHz.

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Cooling Solution
Just like in games, the exclusive MSI TORX 2.0 Fan technology uses the power of teamwork to allow the TWIN FROZR VI to achieve new levels of cool. TORX 2.0 Fan design generates 22% more air pressure for supremely silent performance in the heat of battle.

Performance
At 1920x1080, Benchmarks Indicate a 5% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 1070. This goes up to 7% at 3840x2160.
Overview
GeForce GTX 970 4GB is a high-end Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture. Its relatively low release price and mind-blowing performance made it an extremely competitive product. Read below to know more.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds the VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) Technology which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA Technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM204-200-A1 which has 13 SM activated and thus offers 1664 Shader Processing Units, 104 TMUs and 56 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1050MHz and goes up to 1178MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, MFAA, VXGI, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan and is identical to the one seen on GeForce GTX 770. The Card is known to run cool and has a maximum operating temperature of 95ÂșC.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 145W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

Release Price
Pricing is lower than the one seen on its predecessors - $329.99 and makes it an extremely competitive product.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 970 4GB is over 25% faster than its predecessor and even beats GeForce GTX 780 in about 10%.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 970 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPUAMD Opteron 6344
AMD Ryzen R7 Pro 1700
Intel Xeon E5-2695 v3
Intel Core i7-5930K 6-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-4771 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-4770R 4-Core 3.2GHz
Intel Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-990X 6-Core 3.47GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades--
GPU Variants-GeForce GTX 970 Point of View 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte Twin Turbo OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 970 KFA2 EXOC Sniper 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 970 Gigabyte XTREME 4GB Edition

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