For high-resolution gaming and graphics rendering MSI's GeForce GTX 970 Overclocked Graphics Card is built on a factory overclocked processing core which operates from 1102 to 1241 MHz. The boost in processing speed over the baseline model allows for more data throughput, minimizing bottlenecks and dropped frames during intense gaming sequences.
The GTX 970 chipset features 4GB of GDDR5 vRAM coupled to 1664 CUDA GPU cores. The cores are arranged using NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture for efficient operation. Graphics intensive programs can utilize the Maxwell architecture's parallel configuration of the CUDA cores to speed up render times and other tasks that benefit from parallel processing. Additional benefits of Maxwell architecture include energy efficiency; the card has a maximum total power draw of 148 watts when in use.
The output panel of the card features four output ports: a DisplayPort 1.2 port, an HDMI 2.0 port, a dual-link DVI-D port, and a dual-link DVI-I port, which supports VGA output via the included DVI-I to VGA adapter. The HDMI and DisplayPort outputs support resolutions of up to 4096 x 2160. That resolution, combined with NVIDIA's Surround, can provide an immersive gaming experience using multiple monitors.
To keep cool, even when overclocked, MSI implemented their Armor 2X cooler on this card. The Armor 2X cooler uses two large fans to force air through the heatsink and dissipate heat and lower the GPU's internal temperature. Because this kind of cooler recirculates air back into the case, this card works best in cases that have unrestricted airflow.