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MSI Zero Frozr on my 960 was amazing. 75% fan speed under load and could barely hear it. That card also had 92% ASIC and overclocked amazing..My EVGA 970 SC on the other hand, I let run a bit warmer cause the ACX fans are a noisier. It is also not a great overclocker with voltages locked to 1.212v and a 60% ASIC quality chip frown.gif

Also new driver is working good here
Edited by zipzop - 7/6/16 at 1:15pm
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Any performance increases?

I'm about to get the 970.
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If you were asking me how it compares with a 960, it's a worthwhile upgrade if you find one at a good price. I saw at least 30% better performance in demanding games and handles the high quality settings better. The extra 1.5gb of vRAM helps too
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Any performance increases?

I'm about to get the 970.

it is worth every penny. btw for how much you're getting it

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Originally Posted by zipzop View Post

If you were asking me how it compares with a 960, it's a worthwhile upgrade if you find one at a good price. I saw at least 30% better performance in demanding games and handles the high quality settings better. The extra 1.5gb of vRAM helps too

I ment if the new drivers got it some performance increases smile.gif
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it is worth every penny. btw for how much you're getting it

I'm getting it for 280EUR, the Gigabyte G1 edition. RX480 reference goes for 310EUR cheapest here and I didn't want to get that, and by the time AIB cards get here they're going to have a price of at least 350EUR. Same goes for 1060, time for new AIBs to come and prices... doubt they'll stay under 350. So I made a choice with the G1 970. I'm not that demanding and it'll suit me fine.

And btw I'm upgrading from a damaged R9 270X so this will be like double the performance for me.
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The performance improvement drivers for Maxwell were done last fall. There won't be any more.
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EVGA. MSI is crap.
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so which970 You went For?

I went for at least 4 RMA's with a 970 from EVGA.
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New Driver 368.69

http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/geforce-368-69-whql-driver-download.html

Benchmarks 368.69 SLI 1506/8000 4.0ghz

Valley/Heaven
Valley/Heaven 1080p/1440p 361.82-368.69

Firestrike
Firestrike 1080p/1440p 361.91-368.69

As for the comment(s) about MSI. I guess you should have stated that was your personal experience(in your original post), not as a overall statement about MSI. It's like saying the you had trouble with a Chevy/Ford, and that none of their products are good. I know you that you stated in a later posts that it was a personal issue. No harm, no foul though. wink.gif

As for myself and MSI. I had to RMA my motherboard about 6 months ago, and the process was painless. I think it took less than a week(holidays were in there), and I got a replacement board back. I have two MSI GPU's and they have worked flawless for me. They are different PCB versions and I was able to apply my modded bios from the original card with any issues at all. The only issue was that the second card didn't have as high as ASIC and no Samsung Vram. So, it doesn't OC as well.

Anyway, it seems that the latest driver performs about as well as the previous ones, so again, it's a personal choice on to whether or not to install them. I am going to leave them on and do some gaming later. I doubt that I will see any impact on performance.

I always wonder, do drivers really improve performance a lot, is there that one driver (older) that noticeably increases performance for you?
Funnily enough the only drive that actually improved performance to me, was the one people complained about, it was about the time The division just got released IRC, the game ran smooth with it, all games did, and than I upgrade it..
and meanwhile they didn't run bad, I could definitely feel/tell it was worst.
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Any performance increases?

I'm about to get the 970.
Honestly, don't buy it.

Either 480 or wait 1060.
Edited by daunow - 7/8/16 at 8:48pm
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I went for at least 4 RMA's with a 970 from EVGA.
I always wonder, do drivers really improve performance a lot, is there that one driver (older) that noticeably increases performance for you?
Funnily enough the only drive that actually improved performance to me, was the one people complained about, it was about the time The division just got released IRC, the game ran smooth with it, all games did, and than I upgrade it..
and meanwhile they didn't run bad, I could definitely feel/tell it was worst.
Honestly, don't buy it.

Either 480 or wait 1060.

I believe 353.62 was the best across the board in benchmarks, especially Firestrike. Overall though most of the drivers are close to each other.

The Division seems to have been hit by the actual game, not by the drivers. The first big patch actually improved the benchmark numbers. I saw major improvement using 364.51 after the patch. The last two driver releases and the update have actually decreased the performance. I think it's the game though.

Here are some charts that I made. These are the benchmarks that I've been keeping in the spreadsheet.

NOTE:
These are in SLI. I took the highest score/fps from the two runs with each driver set. Firestrike is only the GRAPHICS score.
On The Division, I used HWiNFO64 to measure the max Vram usage after two runs at each setting. I did reset it after those two runs so I could get the actual max. It doesn't start off at those.

Valley Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Heaven Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

Firestrike Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

The Division Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

The Division Vram Usage Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)


Vellinious stated in a earlier post that we have already seen the max performance for the 970 via the drivers. He's correct. All of the drivers are within the margin of error of each other.

EDIT: If anyone finds something that doesn't match the spreadsheet results, PM me the error. I was getting tired of looking at all those results with clear vision. smile.gif
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EVGA. MSI is crap.

evga is overpriced in here.
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evga is overpriced in here.

I've never owned anything from EVGA. My MB/GPU are MSI, and they have been flawless. I did RMA the MB, but I believe it was the CPU that was at fault.

I do have a Sapphire R9 270x(4gb) in my son's computer, and it has ran flawless as well. It still plays every game he has. I wouldn't know about the performance really. I played BF4 on it until I got the 970, and I never had any issues. I don't remember what kind of FPS I was getting now, but it was playable. I believe when BF4 was released, they had a utility in the graphics settings that you could run, and it would suggest the settings for you to use. I guess that would be like nVidia's GFE now, where it will optimize your games for you.
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