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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 4GB Edition run games
15 Sep 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 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. GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 4GB Edition is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

This PC hardware performance game review for the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 4GB Edition graphics card, when running 2020 more popular games, lets us see what type of FPS this card gets when playing at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions and ultra settings. In terms of performance against the most demanding games today this graphics card can play 477 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.

The GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 4GB Edition graphics card is predicted to return a playable performance on Grand Theft Auto VI at 1080p of 25 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Horizon: Zero Dawn which we saw got reasonable frame rates of 47 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Valorant, which was getting 505 FPS under tests.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we researched the upcoming Grand Theft Auto VI to predict how the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 4GB Edition would deal with it. Our research revealed a weak series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 50 FPS, Medium: 40 FPS, High: 27 FPS and Ultra: 19 FPS. Next we looked at Horizon: Zero Dawn which was playable with a 35 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Valorant that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 385. Running games at 1440p with a GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 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 Golden 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 4GB Edition in your PC? This GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 4GB Edition card has 12 to 18 months of latest AAA game play left in it before upgrading should be considered

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 4GB Edition? A suitable upgrade choice for the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 4GB Edition is the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, which is 33% more powerful and can run 830 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 42% better and can meet 932 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
65 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 4GB Edition is released on 14 Nov 2014

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

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-200-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
104
Texture Rate
137 GTexel/s
ROPs
56
Pixel Rate
74 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
1664
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
-
Driver Support
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Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
5.0
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
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1165 MHz
Boost Clock
1317 MHz
Power
Max Power
145 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 30 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 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 1165MHz, instead of 1051MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1317MHz, 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 6% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.


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GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming Golden 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
15%
RAM
12GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 18% 6%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 54% 53%
Serious Sam 4 45% 53%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 38% 39%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 6% 6%
Valorant 96% 90%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 35% 15%
eFootball PES 2021 51% 46%
Genshin Impact 70% 7%
Watch Dogs Legion 38% 3%
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