We have somewhat different results in Crysis 3.
The MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming isn’t as much faster than the factory-overclocked GeForce GTX 770 as in the previous tests: only up to 18%. The new card is also somewhat slower than the ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC across all the test modes and resolutions and falls behind the AMD Radeon R9 290X. Overclocking boosts its performance, so it wins a joint first place with the GeForce GTX 980. The latter may be overclocked as well, of course, but we’ll talk about that in our next review.
Tomb Raider (2013)
Here, the new card from MSI is again up to 30% faster than the EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC and a little better than the ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC.
Being quite inexpensive now, the reference AMD Radeon R9 290X offers the same performance, though. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 is 10-12% ahead of the MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming but the latter overtakes the former when overclocked.
The integrated BioShock Infinite benchmark once again has a very low bottom frame rate on the Nvidia-based cards, as opposed to the AMD-based ones.
When it comes to average frame rates, the GeForce series is quite fast whereas the AMD Radeon R9 290X is somewhere in between the EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC and the ASUS STRIX GTX 780 OC.
Metro: Last Light
With the Advanced PhysX option enabled, the AMD Radeon R9 290X just has no chances. This test is won by the overclocked MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming.
Things take a different turn when Advanced PhysX is disabled.
Anyway, the MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming is just as good as the AMD Radeon R9 290X and outperforms the pre-overclocked GeForce GTX 770 from EVGA as well as ASUS’s STRIX GTX 780 OC. When overclocked, the MSI card easily overtakes the reference GTX 980.
Company of Heroes 2
AMD-based cards are hard to beat in this game as our today’s results indicate.
The progress between Nvidia’s GPUs can be seen clearly here: the gaps between the Nvidia-based solutions are the same size from the EVGA GeForce GTX 770 SC upwards to the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 (or to the overclocked MSI GeForce GTX 970 Gaming).