September 19, Nvidia introduced its second batch of GPUs with the Maxwell architecture along with two graphics cards that use them: GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 970. The first batch included the GM107 GPU and the GeForce GTX 750 Ti card, but now we have top-end products with much higher performance. We couldn’t prepare a GeForce GTX 980 review at the time of its official release due to certain reasons beyond our control, so we will make our acquaintance with the new GPUs by using its original version, the GeForce GTX 970 Gaming model from MSI.
The flagship GeForce GTX 980 model with all of the architectural innovations will be covered in its reference version in our next review.
Specifications and Recommended Price
The specifications of the MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming are listed in the following table in comparison with the following reference cards: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980, Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti, Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 and AMD Radeon R9 290X.
Packaging and Accessories
The MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming comes in a brightly colored box made of robust cardboard. There’s a picture of a dragon on the front of the packaging. We can also see a Gaming series logo, the card’s model name and memory amount, and the name of the cooling system.
You can refer to the back of the packaging to learn about the product’s key features, specifications, system requirements and supported Nvidia technologies.
There’s a thin-cardboard box inside the colorful wrapper. The graphics card is fixed in its middle compartment within a piece of polyethylene foam that protects it during transportation.
The card’s accessories, packed into an additional flat box, include a CD with drivers and utilities, an installation guide, a promo booklet, a DVI->D-Sub adapter, a power cable, and a quality certificate.
There are no bonus accessories, but what we’re dealing with is actually a prerelease sample of the card, so MSI may still add some extras like games or souvenirs.
Manufactured in China, it comes with a 3-year warranty. As for its price, the card wasn’t available in retail at the time of our writing this review, but we were assured it wouldn’t differ much from Nvidia’s recommended GeForce GTX 970 price ($329).