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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 100 ME 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 100 ME 4GB Edition run games
4 Jul 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 100 ME 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. All games with system requirements of DirectX 12 or lower are met by this card.

We take a look at game performance achieved on this graphics card when running 2020 popular games. This short GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 100 ME 4GB Edition game hardware review looks at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen 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 494 games in the list.

The GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 100 ME 4GB Edition graphics card is predicted to return a weak performance on Grand Theft Auto VI at 1080p of 11 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Valorant which we saw got strong frame rates of 500 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Death Stranding, which is predicted to get 46 FPS under tests.

Moving screen sizes up to 1440p we researched Grand Theft Auto VI on the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 100 ME 4GB Edition and predict it will get a weak set of frame rates. Here are the low to ultra predictions at 1440p - L: 21FPS, M: 17FPS, H: 11FPS, U: 8FPS. Another popular game to test at 1440p with this card was Valorant which seemed strong in performance netting an Ultra FPS of 381 FPS. Finally we then took a look at Death Stranding where its predicted Ultra 1440p Frame rates were playable at 35 FPS. Running games at 1440p with a GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 100 ME 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 100 ME 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 100 ME 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 100 ME 4GB Edition? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 100 ME 4GB Edition then a good choice would be 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB as this is better than 861 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 37% better performance as well. 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 946 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
64 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 100 ME 4GB Edition was released on 28 Jan 2015

GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 100 ME 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 100 ME 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-200-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
104
Texture Rate
133 GTexel/s
ROPs
56
Pixel Rate
72 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
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1140 MHz
Boost Clock
1279 MHz
Power
Max Power
145 Watts
PSU
400 Watt & 29 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
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GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 100 ME 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 970 MSI Gaming 100 ME 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 100 ME 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
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RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 30% 40%
Hyper Scape 53% 5%
Call of Duty Warzone 45% 2%
Valorant 96% 90%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 17% 2%
Death Stranding 39% 8%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5% 56%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 37% 40%
Doom Eternal 4% 4%
TrackMania Nations Remake 89% 84%
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