MSI GTX 970 4G Hands-On & Overview
MSI GeForce GTX 970 4G Specs
As with Zotac’s Amp! Omega GTX 970, the GTX 970 4G comes with 2xDL-DVI, 1xHDMI, and 1xDisplayPort; nVidia reference is 3xDisplayPort and 1xHDMI / DL-DVI, but opting for fewer DP outputs reduces cost of the GPU without necessarily removing much output functionality for most users. The card uses MSI’s Twin Frozr V cooler, including what the company calls a “SuperSU Pipe” – effectively a snaking heatpipe that travels through the whole heatsink.
Using MSI’s software, users can set the card into three different modes: OC, Gaming, and Silent. This throttles or increases the clock speed and fan speed appropriately. OC Mode sees a jump to 1140MHz Core CLK / 1279MHz Boost, Gaming Mode jumps us to 1114MHz / 1253MHz, and Silent Mode pushes 1051MHz / 1178MHz. The stock frequency of the GTX 970 hovers at 1050MHz / 1178MHz.
Aesthetically, MSI's GTX 970 4G is hands-down the best-looking video card we've yet seen of this series, outside of reference. The black/red design and thin-profile fans just have something about them. GN Staff Writer Scott Griffin was in agreement on this front.
We’ll have more on this card once review samples come in.
- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.