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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition run games
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

A mid to low level graphics card, the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is found in budget machines nowadays, struggling to meet AAA system requirements.

DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2021. In particular we focus on how well the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 443 games in the list.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We predict that Grand Theft Auto VI will get 25 FPS with the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition, Days Gone getting 46 FPS and Forza Horizon 5 predicted to get 30 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

One of the growing popular screen resolutions for PC gaming is the wider 1440p. So we wanted to see how well the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition performed at 1440p by taking a look at some of the current popular games. First we looked at Grand Theft Auto VI and predict it will deliver weak frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 49 FPS, Medium: 39 FPS, High: 26 FPS and Ultra: 19 FPS. We then checked the performance on Days Gone to see if that runs well. It was playable with a 35 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is a perfectly suitable selection of hardware for theis larger screen size. If a game at 1440p struggles a bit or experiences a frame drop then you can tweak settings in game to help get it stable. This might mean lowering it to medium or low in some specific options.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition in your PC? This GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 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 Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition? A great upgrade graphics card would be a 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti, which has 64% better performance and can run 975 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB, which is 56% more powerful and can run 965 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
64 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition was released on 19 Sep 2014
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-200-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
104
Texture Rate
129 GTexel/s
ROPs
56
Pixel Rate
69 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
(CUDA Cores)
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.4
Resolution (WxH)
5120 x 3200
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096MB
Memory Speed
1753MHz
Memory Bus
256bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache
1792
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1102 MHz
Boost Clock
1241 MHz
Power
Max Power
148 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 37 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
GD Official
GD RATING
4.4
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GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

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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