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MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G Review

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MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G Testing:

Power consumption of the system will be measured at both idle and loaded states, taking into account the peak voltage of the system with each video card installed. I will use Unigine Heaven Benchmark version 4.0 to put a load onto the GPU using the settings below. A fifteen-minute load test will be used to heat up the GPU, with the highest power usage recorded as the final result. The idle results will be measured after fifteen minutes of inactivity on the system with the lowest recorded power usage as the final result.

Settings

  • Unigine 4.0 Heaven Benchmark
  • 1920x1080 resolution
  • 8x AA
  • 15-minute load test
  • 15-minute idle test
  • Measurement is in watts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

The energy efficiency of the Maxwell core is impressive, to say the least, when comparing to the power consumed by AMD's R9 290X. At stock speeds the GTX 970 Gaming 4G uses less power than the reference GTX 980, as it should. When overclocked, the power consumption jumps up to a level 1W lower than the reference GTX 980. As far as I can tell, the voltage adjustment slider in MSI Afterburner is working to get the core clock speed up to 1609MHz, driving power consumption.




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