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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition run games
28 Oct 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

How well will the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition run 2020 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. This graphics hardware can run 397 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition can run FIFA 21 at 1080p and saw it return strong frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 292 FPS, Medium: 243 FPS, High: 178 FPS and Ultra: 130 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Microsoft Flight Simulator returns a reasonable 53 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

Moving screen sizes up to 1440p we ran FIFA 21 on the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition to see that it got a strong set of frame rates. Here are the low to ultra results at 1440p - L: 222FPS, M: 185FPS, H: 136FPS, U: 99FPS. Another popular game to test at 1440p with this card was Microsoft Flight Simulator which seemed playable in performance netting an Ultra FPS of 40 FPS. Finally we then took a look at Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War where its predicted Ultra 1440p Frame rates were playable at 32 FPS. Getting popular modern games to run at 1440p on the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is one of the more powerful graphics cards for this monitor resolution. Games will be running with stable frame rates at Ultra on a 1440p setup. 4K gaming for a number of modern games should also be considered with this graphics hardware.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition in your PC? Our current calculations suggest a graphics card upgrade will be required in around 12-18 months

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition? A suitable upgrade choice for the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, which is 34% more powerful and can run 821 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 44% better and can meet 924 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
64 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-200-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
104
Texture Rate
123 GTexel/s
ROPs
56
Pixel Rate
66 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
1664
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
-
Driver Support
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Release Price
$349.99
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
5120x3200
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1753 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache
1792KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
0
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1140 MHz
Boost Clock
1178 MHz
Power
Max Power
148 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 30 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best CPU Match
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
1920 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 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 Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 1140MHz, instead of 1051MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1279MHz, instead of 1178MHz. The Operating Memory Clock was left untouched.


Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by MSI's Dual Fan Twin Frozr V 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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GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
16%
RAM
12GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 17% 7%
Watch Dogs Legion 7% 4%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 37% 2%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 45% 10%
Genshin Impact 70% 8%
FIFA 21 60% 46%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 5% 5%
eFootball PES 2021 50% 46%
Ghostrunner 39% 5%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 17% 2%
GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition Extras
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