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MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G Video Card Review

The MSI GeForce GTX 970 GAMING 4G video card is making the GeForce GTX 780 and AMD Radeon R9 290 obsolete. This $349 video card puts up a fight and punches in a win at this price. The overclock alone is somewhat staggering. If you are about to spend money on a GPU, don't miss this one.

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Power and Thermal Results

We tested the power utilization at the wall of the entire system. For full load power and temperature testing we used real gaming. The power supply used in testing is a Enermax MaxRevo 1350W. Total system wattage at idle without video card is 90W.

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Remember, this is a custom PCB from MSI, complete with an 8-pin power connector and 6-pin which exceeds the reference design of two 6-pin connectors. The total system wattage is 342W which is higher than our reference GeForce GTX 980. Also remember the GTX 980 has a different power transfer system compared to the GTX 970's power delivery. Therefore, a higher power rating from this GTX 970 from MSI makes sense. As we get other retail cards we will have to pay close attention to custom 980 and 970 total wattages.

This is slightly higher than the GTX 780, but a whole lot better than the AMD R9 290. Overclocking doesn't create a monster power eater either, like it does on AMD R9 290/X.

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MSI's new Twin Frozr V does the job incredibly well with this GPU. The full-load temp was 69c with auto fan, and the fans stayed around 50% on auto. Even overclocked we didn't really have to enable a manual fan, we could keep it on auto and temps were still in the lower 70's. The fans are quite quiet, we were surprised. At 90% fan speed the loudness was only as loud as some other card's auto fan speed at full-load. Fan noise will not be a problem with this video card at all, and neither will temperature.

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