For high-resolution gaming and graphics rendering MSI's GeForce GTX 970 100 Million Milestone Edition Graphics Card is built on a factory overclocked processing core which operates from 1051 to 1279 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 145 watts when in use.
To take advantage of the card's factory overclock, MSI has its Gaming App. The Gaming App allows you to choose one of three modes for the card's operation that best fits your processing load. Silent mode has the least overclocking of the three, this way the fans rarely have to spin up. Gaming Mode, which is the default, has a moderate overclock for stable operation along with a speed boost. OC Mode has the highest performance of the three modes and runs the GPU at its fastest speed.
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 Twin Frozr V cooler on this card. The Twin Frozr V 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.