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MSI Armor 2X GeForce GTX 970  (Source: https://us.msi.com/Graphics-card/GTX-970-4GD5T-OC.html#hero-overview)
A high-end Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) can give you give you more than just fast, smooth gaming. A GPU can also give you clean manipulation of pictures, video and other visual data. Whatever your reason for getting a new video card, you need to be sure that the rest of the hardware in your case can handle it.

You need to consider four main points when looking for a high-end GPU.

1.    Wattage – Your new GPU will need juice to power the card and get the fan up and running.
2.    Video RAM (VRAM) – More VRAM on your card translates into graphics being rendered in higher real-time resolution.
3.    Memory Interface Width – The larger the memory interface width, the faster the card can render graphics.
4.    Clock Speed – Higher clock speeds result in faster processing of data stored by the VRAM.
 
Here are three GPUs that may provide just what you need.
1.    MSI Armor 2X GeForce GTX 970 4GB
 

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This GPU features a thermal dual-fan design that delivers more airflow and a huge heat sink that provides better heat dissipation. With airflow control technology, it also deflects that airflow to heat-pipes with greater efficiency.
 
It has a propeller technology that produces 20% more airflow with less noise than traditional fans.
 
The MSI Armor also features military class 4 components. (MIL-STD-810G certified components)
 
 
 
2.    Sapphire Radeon R7 370 2GB GDDR5
 

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The Sapphire Radeon R7 features as award winning Dual-X cooler.  This GPU is based on the latest GCN architecture from AMD.  It supports DirectX 12 and AMD VSR.
 
AMD CrossFire technology allows you to harness the power of two or more graphics cards working in parallel to improve performance.
 
A SAPPHIRE Performance Index of 2 ensures that this GPU can deliver an excellent gaming experience at upwards of 1080p.
 
 
3.    ZOTAC GeForce GTX 960 2GB GDDR5
 

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The ZOTAC GeForce GTX 960 Express features support for advanced DX12 which enables more enhanced visual effects for more lifelike gaming. NVIDIA G-Sync synchronizes the display refresh to your GeForce GTX GPU for fast, smooth gaming.
 
ZOTAC GeForce GTX 960 cards are embedded with the latest in ZOTAC – FREEZE technology. This FREEZE technology enables high-end video cards to become silent and decrease wear on the fan system.
 
 
 
  MSI Armor 2X
  GeForce GTX 970
     
   

 Sapphire Radeon R7 370 2GB GDDR5

     

 ZOTAC GeForce GTX 960 Express

   
Price $199.00 $189.99 $193.99
Graphics Coprocessor NVIDIA AMD NVIDIA
Max Screen Resolution 4096 x 2160 4096 x 2160 2560 x 1600
Memory Size 4GB 2GB 2GB
Memory Speed 7010 MHz 985 MHz 7010 MHz
Chipset NVIDIA NVIDIA NVIDIA
RAM Type GDDR5 GDDR5 GDDR5
Wattage 500 Watts 500 Watts 400 Watts
Output DVI-I X 1
DVY-D X 1
HDMI X 1
DisplayPort X 1
DVI-I X 1
DVY-D X 1
HDMI X 1
DisplayPort X 1
DVI-I X 1
HDMI X 1
DisplayPort X 3
 

Sources: MSI, Sapphire, ZOTAC





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