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MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC Video Card Review

By: Shawn Baker | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Sep 19, 2014 5:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: MSI

4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing

 

 

4K monitors are the next step for gamers demanding the best in image quality. With 4x the pixels of a standard 1920 x 1080 monitor (meaning 4x the intensity); 3840 x 2160 brings with it a new level of intensity to video cards.

 

Wanting to make sure that you're buying the right video card for a monitor that offers such a large resolution, we test the latest and greatest video cards in a couple of benchmarks to give you an idea of just what kind of setup you require.

 

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Cranking up the resolution to 4K, you can see that MSI GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC falls between the R9 290 4GB and heavily overclocked R9 290X 4GB, like the higher-end reference GTX 980.

 

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Sleeping Dogs performance is strong and you can see while we do fall a little behind the heavily overclocked R9 290X 4GB here, unlike the R9 290 4GB, though, the MSI GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC manages to offer playable FPS with its 70 FPS average.

 

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With the resolution cranked up, you can see that our numbers from the MSI GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC are pretty much in line with the R9 290 4GB here. Of course, those numbers aren't high enough for us to consider the game playable, at these settings.

 

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Tomb Raider sees almost identical results to what we saw above. While the MSI GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC lines up almost perfectly with the R9 290 4GB here, the overall FPS across the board aren't at a level where we would consider them playable. This is also an issue that is extended to the heavily overclocked R9 290X 4GB and GTX 980 4GB.

 

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GRID Autosport sees some decent FPS against the heavily overclocked R9 290X 4GB, but numbers that again are just a little too low for us to consider this game playable with these settings. You're really going to want to venture into SLI land if you're gaming at 4K.

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