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MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Gaming Benchmarks in 2017

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The MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G is an Nvidia monster these days. It will rival a GTX 1060 or RX 580 and if you play at 1080p you will have a hard time finding a reason to upgrade anytime soon. Tested on i7 7740x, 32GB DDR4 3200, SSD Help me get to 20k subs and you could win contest: https://youtu.be/sCDPgJ_GTEk Some Other Parts I Use: Enermax 240mm AIO: http://amzn.to/2wEm2fU Vivo V08 Case On My Set: http://amzn.to/2wEad9x FSP 750W PSU: http://amzn.to/2wtPU3I Thermaltake View 31: http://amzn.to/2xNGG2f My Threadripper Mobo: http://amzn.to/2wDQvuG Ballistix Elite Ram Is AWESOME: http://amzn.to/2wuVGly Thanks to Motorweek for the Corvette stuff :-) I have a website: http://www.timmyjoe.com I have an Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/watchtimmyjoe/ I have a Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/watchtimmyjoe I have a facebook: who cares about facebook... - Intro is Instrumental produced by Chuki, the best beats on youtube! http://www.youtube.com/user/CHUKImusic (Unless otherwise stated music is from the Epidemic Sound Library...)
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Text Comments (194)
Colin Benemile (1 year ago)
Love your videos man. I don’t normally consider certain entities underrated, but the quality and style of your videos are extremely appealing. This channel definitely deserves more attention.
Matt Stone (1 year ago)
I'll second that. You can see the effort!
Timmy Joe PC Tech (1 year ago)
Seriously thank you, needed words of encouragement!
Lyle (1 month ago)
specs of the PC you're next to? also that keyboard. PLease i need to know!
Kid Kaz (2 months ago)
I love your enthusiasm and humour <3
lesabre1972 (2 months ago)
I picked up a gtx 970 for 50 bucks! I think I did ok for the system it's going in I am getting 86fps and a 2201 score on heaven benchmark. Is that ok? oh and no over clocking yet
420 kyl sä tiiät (6 months ago)
120 euros gtx 970??????????????????????????
Sanjex (6 months ago)
Complaining about a backplate, jesus.
David Yang (7 months ago)
TimmyTimTim :D
LXXS (7 months ago)
can i play with this card csgo ?
robdee81 (7 months ago)
Still running a 970 in 2018 , keep thinking i should upgrade but still running games on v high 1080p no probs .
CubeMatrix Gaming (8 months ago)
You're not supposed to tweak a game's settings for a benchmark comparison. This isn't about optimizing The Witcher III or GTA V, it's about a graphic's card comparison.
Kyles Isler (9 months ago)
I just scored one of these on Ebay lightly used for only $125!! I can't WAIT to get it!
Pher Alday (9 months ago)
dont drink when you are making Videos hahaha
CreamyCornCob (10 months ago)
A little help? Found this exact card for $150 on Craigs. Pairing it with a AMD Fx 8350 Black edition and 16gb of DDR 3. Should I pick it up? Thank You! Sub'd.
CreamyCornCob (8 months ago)
Bought it, working flawless. 70-100 FPS on Mid/High settings. PC2, PC1, Assetto Corsa.
jay wilbur (8 months ago)
creamycob did you end up buying it? if so are you happy with it?
Dat Boii (11 months ago)
Gonna buy one today or tomorrow
Optimouse Prime (1 year ago)
Love your videos Timmy Joe new subscriber since I was in the hospital and just catching up on all your vids :). Noticed Deus Ex Mankind "Devided" in the benches though 🤓
Timmy Joe PC Tech (1 year ago)
Optimouse Prime I'm god at speeljn
ZombiePanda402 (1 year ago)
I just bought one for $160 today! I feel like I made a great choice!
Vlado V. (1 year ago)
Can i have good fps with this card in Counter Strike csgo?
AustinPetDetective (1 year ago)
Your a fuken idiot.
Ludovico Pintor (1 year ago)
nice video!
Danger Dan (1 year ago)
This is the third video of yours I've watched since subscribing almost a week ago. Your vids are full of enthusiasm and nobody should call them boring, not one single person. But on the topic of the video, I knew the GTX 970 was still going to be a good powerhouse of a GPU. I own a MSI GTX 950 with a FX-6300, and it's just fine as well. I wish I had a GPU higher than 2GB of vram though.
Hiroshi 904 (1 year ago)
I really like to see a GTX 580 3GB test from you and GTX580 3gb vs GTX750ti because it will be fun to watch and i think nobody have done that befor, thanks for the work
Deven Modi (1 year ago)
Great video! I give it a solid 3.5/4.
Kristian 90 dagar (1 year ago)
420 likes LOL XD
Fridgemusa (1 year ago)
Got that exact same card paired with a 4790K and 32GB of ram, have seen no reason to upgrade...yet (I'm liking Ryzen) :P
Bellthegaomon (1 year ago)
hey, man could you give me those GTA settings? Still rocking this card with a ryzen 5 1400 lol.
Mateus Santos (1 year ago)
god video
Ozzy Tinman (1 year ago)
What about 960? I just picked up a new one in plastic lol. 140 bucks. Yes, I probably could have done better but hey it has holographic writing on front sold!! Lol
Ethan Bowering (1 year ago)
Why is DX12 so bad on the 970? I just bought one for my first rig cause it came at a great price but it worries me that performance will take a dive if DX11 becomes obsolete soon
CubeMatrix Gaming (8 months ago)
7 months later... and DX11 *STILL* isn't obsolete! LOL
gregcy89 (1 year ago)
Does this mean its a good 1080p card to use with a 8600k cpu and 16gb ddr4 3600 ram?
lordmage12 (1 year ago)
PSU minimum ??
CubeMatrix Gaming (8 months ago)
recommended 500 watts, the card uses 140 watts... not a hard spec to Google up Einstein.
Cycie (1 year ago)
Having issues with mine that I got from a friend at a used price of $140. It has a coil whine issue which my friend didn't have and also some major FPS dips in any game. Can anyone suggest if vBIOS updates could potentially fix my problem?
Vonklieve (11 months ago)
Try this, go into NVIDIA settings and apply Vsync On, this will limit the GPU in Windows mode and for games. My monitor is 120 Hrz and this helps with coil whine. I do this as in Windows the GPU's I have used in the past get coil wine,  when I added Vsync to settings in the control panel it stopped. RegardsVon
Loop Koop (1 year ago)
thats what i do also... cars and computers... custom loops and custom intercoolers lol! got a mustang foxbody and two turbocharged 4 cyl cars lol! plus two computers both running (older 8350's) (sold my main intel 12 core rig for upgrade later) and just using the parts i had laying around for now and just two old old old old old old gtx 980's i had laying around!
Loop Koop (1 year ago)
and now i own another 12 core intel rig again.. sweet!
Loop Koop (1 year ago)
both computers are overclocked but one if them got a really really bad cpu... cant get over 4.5ghz.. sadly.. but the other one is doing well.. just sad to see the speeds of the cpu when i kept seeing the speeds of my intel rig lol! but the amd isn't horrible at all. looking at new boards and cpu's right now just haven't found what i want yet...
gt362gamer (1 year ago)
I bought the 960..
Das Jonas (1 year ago)
Even my 960 has a backplate
CubeMatrix Gaming (8 months ago)
Even your mom has a backplate!
Smil3F4ce (1 year ago)
My GTX970 Core Clock 1300MHz Memory 1850MHz
EvilTurkeySlices (1 year ago)
I just bought a gtx 970 SSC from EVGA for $250.
Servant Mobile YT (1 year ago)
i have 700 dollars and i need a decent gaming pc and a monitor. any tips?
CubeMatrix Gaming (8 months ago)
For that kind of petty cash, buy a console... LOL
JohnConnor333 (1 year ago)
Hairworks is overrated I just turned it off in Witcher 3 and the 970 plays 60fps flawlessly.
VAC2 (1 year ago)
Back plates really do nothing for the thermals....well maybe a few C at most but basically nothing. Looks good though'
RevivaL (1 year ago)
Does shadowplay work on this card?
Luka TO (1 year ago)
1. https://www.amazon.com/AMD-Processor-Wraith-Cooler-YD1600BBAEBOX/dp/B07146LS4H/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1520594048&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=ryzen%2B5%2B1600&th=1 2. https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_4_7?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=8gb+3000mhz+ddr4&sprefix=8gb+300%2Caps%2C310&crid=1PWFUS2HYQ014 3. https://www.amazon.com/Corsair-Carbide-SPEC-02-Tower-Gaming/dp/B00I0MKMG2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1520594098&sr=8-3&keywords=mid+tower+gaming+case 4. https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Cache-Desktop-Drive-WD10EZEX/dp/B0088PUEPK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1520594115&sr=8-3&keywords=1tb+hdd 5.https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-240GB-Solid-State-SDSSDA-240G-G26/dp/B01F9G43WU/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1520594127&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=240gb+ssd&psc=1 6.https://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-Continuous-Active-Supply-PS-SPD-0500NPCWUS-W/dp/B014W3EM2W/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1520594146&sr=8-2&keywords=500watt+power+supply+pc 7. 600 dollar build without gpu, 200 more for gpu or go with lower end ryzen 5 1500x
RevivaL (1 year ago)
how much will that cost? my budget is 700$. Could you suggest a gtx 970 build for that price?
Luka TO (1 year ago)
if you can buy gtx 970 go ryzen 5 1500x and gtx 970
RevivaL (1 year ago)
i'm building a ryzen 5 2400g system instead
Deitrick O'Rullian (1 year ago)
I build and sell gaming PC's on the side and used to be able to grab 970's for $130-160..... Those were the days.....
CubeMatrix Gaming (8 months ago)
I remember when Commodore 64s used to go for $100.... *THOSE* were the days!
Ismael Hernandez (1 year ago)
I already have one of this and is still amazing card for low budget profiles ... hope upgrade to the 1060 version of 6gb ... regards from Costa Rica
Pimack (1 year ago)
Found this video after searching for this card specifically. Loved the style of it and you're very watchable. Subbed!
Niccolo Parker (1 year ago)
My cpu is ryzen 5 1600x and gpu 970 msi gaming edition. Have a 1080p tv . Should I upgrade gpu in 2019 when the mining craze goes down
Robert Rintala (1 year ago)
I have i5 4670K @ 4.3Ghz GTX 970 @ 1528Mhz/4100Mhz 24Gb DDR3 @ 1866Mhz I can run Battlefield 1 on 4K medium-low at 55-60fps, 1440p ultra at 60-70fps and 1080p ultra on 90-105fps and your cpu is far better than mine, just overclock and you're good to go.
dylan bonner (1 year ago)
No one plays pubg at max settings
Mysterious Sheep (1 year ago)
Timmy Joe PC Tech I’m guessing you use a 1080ti for that?
Timmy Joe PC Tech (1 year ago)
dylan bonner I do
richard strauss (1 year ago)
Got a gtx 970 windforce card for $150 USD. I get 80-100 fps in pubg on high settings all day:). Paired with i5-7600k.
randall williams (1 year ago)
I’m in the market for a new GPU, unfortunately because of these bastard miners wasting their allowance I’m forced to look on eBay for a used 5 year old gpu to meet the performance in my price range.
william carter (1 year ago)
Ls2 vs ls3 seems more appropriate. Lt1 is still proving itself
LunarAura (1 year ago)
you didnt have kind words about 390x as opposed to this :/
Eli Mogenson (1 year ago)
Even with the crappy current GPU Market, I just ordered a reference 970 for $233 on eBay
Jason Andrews (1 year ago)
I picked up an EVGA 970 for $150 CAD a while ago, best PC deal I've ever bought into.
Serj Star (1 year ago)
i would get the 1060 the 6 gig
Luka TO (1 year ago)
For 700$?
Serj Star (1 year ago)
as many as i can
Miles Tolhurst (1 year ago)
TheSURGEofTech tech how many comments are you going to make
Serj Star (1 year ago)
dont forget the new adrenaline driver 18.1 is available now
Serj Star (1 year ago)
on rx 580 direct x 12 is better
Serj Star (1 year ago)
i wouldnt mind a Nvidea gpu
Serj Star (1 year ago)
wait a minute my rx 580 comes with 8 and 6 pin hmm interesting but mine does overclock quite actually extremely well binned one
Serj Star (1 year ago)
i have a similar case but all white leds and man is the cullinan gaming case is just super nice looking i love the tempered glass its so thick ( thats what she said) :0
Serj Star (1 year ago)
i like personality bro
YoungChug (1 year ago)
I'm trying to build my first PC and this is the card I think I'ma go with just because it's so perfect and I'm trying to prove to my friend that I can build a cheaper and better PC than his pre built PC
Hao Li great news. Looking forward to getting the 970
Hao Li (1 year ago)
My own pc i build only cost me 1k and yes i am dumb for getting a i7 7700k with a used 970 but i want to save money but it is still doing great even in pubg with 60 fps in high setting the 970 i got was only 169 dollar not regretting anything.
i'm doing the same =). Going for the gtx 979 strix, from asus
Anthony Ayala (1 year ago)
I love my msi 970, highest end gpu ive owned to be honest. as a overclocking addict i immediately went to bios modding and manged to get my card to 1531 mhz core and a whopping 4200mhz memory, for an effective 8.4ghz over the stock 7000! elpida memory normally is bad but... silicon lottery! love your vids, on a watching binge of most of your recent ones, keep doing you!
Steve Smith (1 year ago)
I'm gonna pick one up for $135
Derek Morrison (1 year ago)
970 Gang But I am saving up for that EVGA 1080 ti SC2 no doubt (My dad grabbed one and has been rubbing it in my face since November T_T)
Luka TO (1 year ago)
Derek Morrison while im gaming on atom z3575f....
Akaboy4life (1 year ago)
I am going to buy a i7 3770 quadcore with gtx970 card and 16 gb ram ddr3 for 400 bucks. My first NVidia card was a 250 and I had a good time overclocking and playing the newest games lol. So I have faith in this card to do everything good.
MW2 S&D (11 months ago)
Akaboy4life I get Z97 i5-4690k 16GB 1866MHz MSI gtx970 For 320$ 😆
Damon May (1 year ago)
the 1060 ties with the 980
javier (1 year ago)
I have a problem playing pubg with that gpu, usually the game stuck at 40-55 fps with 100% usage, no changes difference if the card is oc or not, this problem usually stays for 2-3 min, and after that runs fine (80-120 gaming and 110 at start menu)? Any solutio. I have a ryzen 1600, and 16gb flare x 3200mhz
CubeMatrix Gaming (8 months ago)
Yeah, stop playing that shitty game.
Jesper Scheel-Bech (1 year ago)
Great vid as usual TJ. I was offered $215 so I just sold one of these and regreted it ever since..
Steve Smith (1 year ago)
I'm about to buy one for $135
dave rich (1 year ago)
Yeah i gave my 970 and 2500k to my brother for 1080p its still a beast i dont see that changing anytime soon.
Jesse Crawford (1 year ago)
Ads... so. Many. Ads.
AeroFix94 (1 year ago)
bought my 970 back in jan 2015.. Still using it today and dont feel like upgrade anytime soon. Just the cpu :P
TandL Valenzuela (1 year ago)
M Heinemans ' Second hand 1070 after its over?? Man dude hopefully you don't get one of those 1070s that was daily mined on haha.. On Nvidia site or evgas site the cards are actually afford. But they are limited to 1 or 2 per household. The lowest price for example for a 1070 on evgas site is 450$ https://www.evga.com/products/productlist.aspx?type=0&family=GeForce+10+Series+Family&chipset=GTX+1070 on nvidias site the founders edition gtx 1080 is 550$
M Heinemans (1 year ago)
Sounds great!! Got a R9 280X (somewhat compareable to a GTX 770) and still able to play the newest games on mostly high. When the crypto mining craze is somewhat over, I hope to upgrade to a 2nd hand 1070. But with the prices this high at the moment, my 280X still does fine.
Jon A (1 year ago)
AeroFix94 1080p gaming yep VR nope Zotac amp extreme 970 is working for me
Dawgie Dawg (1 year ago)
Got a GTX 970 msi but the blue one for $115 ($15 shipping) and is great for running anything i play.
Luka TO (1 year ago)
Dawgie Dawg are you sure its not fake?
Matt Brewerton (1 year ago)
I'd be interested to know the fan speeds/noise levels and the temperatures when taxing the card (OC). I have an Antec 900 case so cooling is pretty good.
Ehvis Ric Tinguha (1 year ago)
got this for 150 usd. feelsgoodman
Austin Horton (1 year ago)
Ahh I love my FX 8350 but even OC'd it's holding my GTX 970 back a bit
Goliat eXperience (1 year ago)
It´s holding it about 20%-30% if you are playing on 1080p....I recently sell my FX and go for old X58 platform 6 core E5645 Xeon ....Now I have Gtx 970 also so I did all benchmarks and for Example in Firestrike my Score with FX was 8900 points with E5645 is 11,500 points......
tenshi7angel (1 year ago)
It's an okay card. But my gripes with it is, actual 3.5 usable GDDR5, and the architecture is not as advanced for VR as the GTX 10 series. If the 9 series was better for VR, I would not have given away my MSI GTX 980 Ti Lightning to a bro in need, and gotten my MSI GTX 1080 SLI SEA HAWK EK X combo. The 970 tho, meh, what a meh card.
CubeMatrix Gaming (8 months ago)
Your actions don't determine which card is better. At least not on paper.
Matt Hunter (1 year ago)
that card is a beast in SLI i have 2 in my sabertooth x79 system and a i7 3960x @ 4ghz i run gta V in 1440p ultra settings MSAA x2 reflections MSAA x4 and it runs great. steady 60 fps with good frame pacing
Adam Davis (1 year ago)
Just found your channel, this was a great video. My current rig is still running a 970, haven't found a reason to upgrade yet.
Erics email (1 year ago)
hey timmy you cant compare the 970 to the 1060 the 1060 is a far better card
Hao Li (1 year ago)
Sli that 970 then it will flip it around.
Erics email (1 year ago)
the 1060 rocks 1080p
Erics email (1 year ago)
for sure with the 6gb card
Timmy Joe PC Tech (1 year ago)
Erics email don't think that's true of the 3gb model. "Far" is going a lil far
Ewhat Pro (1 year ago)
Bad vid.... Its 3.5gb man
venomonsta (1 year ago)
kevon owen ? hahah
morgan betsinger (1 year ago)
I just replaced 2 of these with a 1080ti
morgan betsinger (1 year ago)
I you are running a 1080p monitor then it will run just fine at high settings at over 60fps depending on the game of coarse. I purchased a 144hz 1440p monitor and wanted the higher fram rates so I bought the 1080ti
always clock out (1 year ago)
morgan betsinger is the 970 a good card for current games in 2017?
Picasso Pablo (1 year ago)
For today standards the 3.5 GB frame buffer card is not worth it at all
Antonio Calimero (1 year ago)
Its 4gb. 0.5 gb little slower. I play the best multiplayer games with this card and all high. This is also today the best card for the price and good till 2022!
Lars Jungbluth (1 year ago)
My GTX 970 goes up to 1380Mhz (EVGA SC)
regorresiak (1 year ago)
Thanks for the content Timmy Joe.
Gateron (1 year ago)
Still rocking a gigabyte gtx 970 with a i7 6700k :)
Root Note-Evan (1 year ago)
pst PSSSSSST. *3.5G *runs away*
Timmy Joe PC Tech (1 year ago)
+Root Note lol
thesilviu silviu (1 year ago)
The 970 was a great new card when it arrived, now is the best buy used. It will remain in the history as the most popular and affordable product. The 3.5gb scam was unnecessary, Nvidia could easily have sold it bicause of the performance. It's not that every frikn card needs to have round numbers of Gb.
CubeMatrix Gaming (8 months ago)
I never gave a flying fuck about that 0.5 Gb of VRAM, most games use either 2.5 or 5.5 anyway depending on settings, so who the fuck cares. It's been a FANTASTIC card for over 4 years.
Deep Cove (1 year ago)
yup, older tech is still good even when a couple years old, and as long as you're only interested in playing and not maxing out the games, you can really stretch your dollar for a few years on these cards
Solid Mass (1 year ago)
i loved my 970 but the only reason i upgrades was because of the insanely loud coil whine
Houstonian 101 (1 year ago)
Lol, I was wondering where you were :P
Hannalodge (1 year ago)
Good choice for a video, I believe the 970 of all flavors was and still is one of the best sellers(if you can find them)of all time, even with the ram issues. Still 479.00 on amazon(EVGA),have seen them 200.00 used, they get this price because they still perform, the budget go to card for 1080 gamers for sure. Again nice video, hope you make the 20k and more .....
Tibor Klein (1 year ago)
It only draws 110W when overclocked? That's awesome...
mazedmarky (1 year ago)
That's not the power consumption but the power limit used for overclocking.
RaacheAmine (1 year ago)
Love your videos
MrSammy (1 year ago)
🙂 ive seen $220 970 blower refurbished cards at my local Microcenter
nappydrew (1 year ago)
The 970's still a decent card, but with GPU prices coming back down, you'd probably be better off just buying a new 1060-6gb. It beats the 970 in everything & you can buy them on Newegg for $260.
CubeMatrix Gaming (8 months ago)
Actually, it doesn't matter since in most "3d world" countries, as _you_ call them, charge *FAR LESS* per kilowatt-hour than in the USA. People are more worried about paying upwards of 200% on the actual imported cards and computers than the cost of running them.
The problem is that even if you get a 1060 from second hand you'll pay around 250.With the 970 just 150
nappydrew (1 year ago)
That's correct.
EsseyerV2 (1 year ago)
But the 3GB version is weaker than 6GB variant. it has less streaming procesors and less texturing units
nappydrew (1 year ago)
It's kind of a moot point, really. We just have different opinions about the best option. But that's actually fine, despite most of the other comments we see on YouTube. It's is literally possible for us to have separate viewpoints, without acting like complete asses to each other, which is refreshing. Happy gaming!
Ross Buckenham (1 year ago)
god dammit, activate windows you monster
tenshi7angel (1 year ago)
After the 100th computer you're building and reviewing on, you give up on giving a fuck. :|
Tekuila (1 year ago)
So many Whiskey ads.
Obie327 (1 year ago)
Good Analogy :) I snagged an MSI just like yours for 50 bucks and A trade for my MSI GTX 760. I'm Gonna be selling it with a system soon but love the performance this MSI 970 gaming can do. (got mine overclocked to 1410, + 60 on the memory) Very close to 1060 performance for cheap! Gonna miss it :(
cracklingice (1 year ago)
huh. I've only pushed my MSI GTX 970 100LE to 1455 core and 3758 memory, but I really haven't pushed too hard.
Yeti8it (1 year ago)
Auto thumbs up as always bro. This 970 is from the same era my old 960 is from . Did I say OLD ?
Yeti8it (1 year ago)
Good to see you back from that High Anus Timmy Joe . ;)

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