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post #11 of 18
I vote for 970. I have a R9 290 and new games like Dying light and GTA V use 3+ GB of ram @ 1080p with everything maxed out. Also, 960 is a lot weaker than 970.

80-90 bucks extra for non reference cooler is too much but I can't deny that MSI Gaming 970 has a great cooler that is quiet and cools the card very good. I recommend to check the cards from other manufacturers in case they are cheaper and offer similar performance, for instance Asus 970 DCII STRIX is a decent card.
post #12 of 18
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So its another bucks for the cooler right?
another vendor like asus strix / gigabyte windforce is about the same with MSI gaming.

thats why im a little but curious why MSI GTX 970 4GBD5T so much cheaper.
but if uts because the cooler i get it then..

if using standard/reference cooler will it hit above 70c during full load?
post #13 of 18
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970 for sure - 1080p still warrants a top end card, sick to death when others mention their mid range cards, yeah if you want to use medium setting and ...... even a 980 can be brought down at 1080p. And when these reviewers test these cards they do not use v sync tongue.gif

I agree with this for the most part, but before I upgraded I was running a 260x that played everything on high / ultra settings at 1080p fine, just with the aa turned down a bit wwhich doesn't make a difference to me.

It depends on an individual's definition of "playable" in my opinion, I don't mind low frame rates personally as long as they don't affect my ability to kill bad guy A or make timed jump B.

I love my r9 290x but I don't consider it an essential purchase over my 260x for current games, my only real motivation for upgrading was so that I can continue playing games maxed out for a few years to come because despite the performance of my 260x being acceptable now, it is at it's limit so I would need to start dropping settings on newer titles.

That and the fact that I had some extra money come my way which I could afford to get a high end card with, I like fiddling with my pc lol!
post #14 of 18
http://extreme.pcgameshardware.de/grafikkarten/366164-big-review-msi-970-4gd5-dhe-msi-970-4gd5t-axial-sli.html#temps1

According to that review (in german, only review I could find) the max temp for the msi gtx 970 4gb5dt was 80c during testing, techpowerup hit a mmaximum of 63c on the gaming version without additional overclocking so the coolers much better on the gaming one.

Apparently thermal throttling occurs at 83c so the cheaper card is pushing it but should be ok if you have decent case airflow.
post #15 of 18
And go for a manufacture that give 3yrs warranty - if most or everybody did biggrin.gif then Sapphire and the likes wouldn't cheap out by giving 2 yrs only thumb.gif
post #16 of 18
This is all great information! I am in the same position. Coming from an old EVGA GTX480. I am considering moving to 1440 but at 1080 120hz currently.

Will the GTX970 with 4gb run most everything at high if I upgrade to 1440 in the near future? Im considering one of the newer super clocked EVGA models. EVGA has always been rock solid for me.
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post #17 of 18
Definitely the 970.
post #18 of 18
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Originally Posted by sdmodified View Post

This is all great information! I am in the same position. Coming from an old EVGA GTX480. I am considering moving to 1440 but at 1080 120hz currently.

Will the GTX970 with 4gb run most everything at high if I upgrade to 1440 in the near future? Im considering one of the newer super clocked EVGA models. EVGA has always been rock solid for me.

Yes you'll be good at 1440 with the gtx970, benchmarks show that it doesn't take that large of a hit going to 1440 from 1080, and it handles both quite happily.

That is most likely due to current games not maxing the vram, and as I already mentioned that could change in future titles as they start demanding more vram, but the shear processing power of the gpu should keep it at acceptable frame rates for quite a while yet.

Hell I was using a gts450 until November last year and even that was able to max out a fair few modern titles at 1080p lol!
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