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Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition run games
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 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. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 12 requirement.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2020. In particular we focus on how well the GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. This card runs recommended graphics requirements of 394 games from the top 1000 most demanding games being played today.

A GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition card at 1080p is predicted to see a reasonable frame rate when running Microsoft Flight Simulator on Ultra - 52 FPS. Lets look at the predicted performance it will get on Horizon: Zero Dawn which is 45 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Valorant performs on this hardware, which gets a strong 491 FPS.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we researched the upcoming Microsoft Flight Simulator to predict how the GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition would deal with it. Our research revealed a playable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 104 FPS, Medium: 82 FPS, High: 55 FPS and Ultra: 39 FPS. Next we looked at Horizon: Zero Dawn which we predict will be playable with a 34 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Valorant that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 374. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition, this is more than capable at running this screen resolution. 1440p Ultra across almost all modern games is going to be fairly standard with this GPU. We would consider moving this hardware up to 4K screen resolutions for PC gaming today.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition in your PC? 12-18 months of top end gaming is still left in this graphics card

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition? Are you looking to upgrade a GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition? Then we would suggest getting a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, as it can run 853 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 37% increased graphics performance. 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 47% better and can meet 946 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
63 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition was released on 19 Sep 2014

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

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-200-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
104
Texture Rate
126 GTexel/s
ROPs
56
Pixel Rate
68 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
1664
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
-
Driver Support
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Release Price
$329.00
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
3
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1076 MHz
Boost Clock
1216 MHz
Power
Max Power
148 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 33 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-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 OC 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 970, created by MSI.


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1076MHz, instead of 1051MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1216MHz, instead of 1178MHz.


Overclock: Memory Clock
None.


Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Untouched.


Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 3% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 970.


Source [Pip]
GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
10%
RAM
11GB
0%
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 3% 3%
Cyberpunk 2077 29% 43%
Valorant 96% 90%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 43%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 16% 4%
Grounded 70% 14%
Grand Theft Auto VI 3% 54%
Marvel's Avengers 36% 43%
Death Stranding 37% 10%
Halo Infinite 36% 43%
GeForce GTX 970 MSI OC 4GB Edition Extras
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