NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

Summary

NVIDIA started GeForce GTX 970 sales 19 September 2014 at a recommended price of $329 . This is Maxwell 2.0 architecture desktop card based on 28 nm manufacturing process and primarily aimed at gamers. 4 GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 7.0 GB/s are supplied, and together with 256 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 224 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is 2-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 10.5" (26.7 cm). Two 6-pins power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 148 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 47.56 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon R9 390 X2.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 970's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
30.37
 
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
Code name
GM204
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
19 September 2014
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$329
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
$463.56
 
of 4762.99 (Quadro P6000)

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 970's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 970's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1664
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
CUDA cores
1664
 
Core clock speed
1050 MHz
 
Boost Clock
1178 MHz
 
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
of 12
Power consumption (TDP)
148 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature
98 °C
 
Texture fill rate
109 billion/sec
 
of 512 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Floating-point performance
3,920 gflops
 
of 16384 (Radeon Pro Duo)

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 970's compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
10.5" (26.7 cm)
 
Height
4.376" (11.1 cm)
 
Width
2-slot
 
Recommended system power (PSU)
500 Watt
 
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pins
 
SLI options
4x
 

Memory specs

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 970: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
of 32
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
of 11408 (TITAN Xp)
Memory bandwidth
224 GB/s
 
of 1024 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Shared memory
-
 

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 970.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
Display Connectors
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
 
Multi monitor support
4 displays
 
HDCP
+
 
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
G-SYNC support
+
 
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
GameStream
+
 
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
GPU Boost
+
 
GameWorks
+
 
CUDA
+
 
SLI
+
 
GeForce Experience
+
 
Surround
+
 
Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (FL 12_1)
 
OpenGL
4.4
 
Vulkan
1.1.0.1
 

Video card benchmarks performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 970. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.
Overall benchmark performance
47.43
 
 
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
422295.00
 
 
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
72819.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Score
9434.00
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
11954.00
 
 
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
16033.00
 
 
3DMark Vantage Performance
42263.00
 
 
Unigine Heaven 3.0
8077.79
 
 
Unigine Heaven 4.0
1543
 
 
Passmark
8590
 
 
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
11900
 
 
Octane Render OctaneBench
79
 
 

Mining hashrate

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 970. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
478 Mh/s
 
 
Decred / DCR (Decred)
1.51 Gh/s
 
 
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
22.21 Mh/s
 
 
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.48 kh/s
 
 
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
291.61 Sol/s
 
 

Game benchmarks (in FPS)

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 970 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS, while overall gaming performance is a number in 0-100 range, and the older the game, the less impact it has on the overall grade.
Overall gaming performance
0.61
 
 
Games can run, %
At minimum settings
100
At recommended settings
94.52
New games support
98
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Fortnite (2018)
high / 1080p
82.00
 
ultra / 1080p
60.00
 
4k / 2160p
22.00
 
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017)
low / 720p
138.00
 
medium / 1080p
70.50
 
high / 1080p
64.50
 
ultra / 1080p
33.80
 
4k / 2160p
22.10
 
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017)
high / 1080p
56.90
 
ultra / 1080p
50.50
 
4k / 2160p
20.20
 
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017)
ultra / 1080p
52.10
 
4k / 2160p
17.80
 
Resident Evil 7 (2017)
ultra / 1080p
88.00
 
4k / 2160p
30.70
 
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017)
ultra / 1080p
66.00
 
4k / 2160p
9.40
 
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
ultra / 1080p
87.00
 
4k / 2160p
37.50
 
Civilization VI (2016)
ultra / 1080p
68.00
 
4k / 2160p
57.50
 
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
high / 1080p
51.90
 
ultra / 1080p
28.10
 
4k / 2160p
16.50
 
Dishonored 2 (2016)
low / 720p
106.00
 
medium / 768p
100.00
 
high / 1080p
60.00
 
ultra / 1080p
57.00
 
4k / 2160p
28.50
 
Doom (2016)
low / 720p
170.10
 
medium / 768p
161.20
 
high / 1080p
108.80
 
ultra / 1080p
99.25
 
4k / 2160p
34.30
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
112.00
 
medium / 1080p
100.00
 
high / 1080p
80.00
 
ultra / 1080p
54.50
 
4k / 2160p
27.00
 
Overwatch (2016)
medium / 768p
287.80
 
high / 1080p
187.50
 
ultra / 1080p
108.45
 
4k / 2160p
58.20
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
159.10
 
medium / 768p
127.70
 
high / 1080p
75.90
 
ultra / 1080p
62.35
 
4k / 2160p
25.30
 
The Division (2016)
low / 720p
191.10
 
medium / 768p
138.10
 
high / 1080p
72.00
 
ultra / 1080p
55.25
 
4k / 2160p
27.00
 
Titanfall 2 (2016)
high / 1080p
59.10
 
ultra / 1080p
87.00
 
Watch Dogs 2 (2016)
high / 1080p
65.50
 
ultra / 1080p
34.80
 
4k / 2160p
23.30
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
low / 720p
88.20
 
medium / 1080p
75.50
 
high / 1080p
59.20
 
ultra / 1080p
27.60
 
4k / 2160p
15.90
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
medium / 768p
131.70
 
high / 1080p
91.40
 
ultra / 1080p
73.50
 
4k / 2160p
30.00
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
167.90
 
medium / 768p
159.00
 
high / 1080p
97.80
 
ultra / 1080p
43.75
 
4k / 2160p
46.35
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
medium / 768p
101.10
 
high / 1080p
86.40
 
ultra / 1080p
78.70
 
4k / 2160p
33.50
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
281.65
 
medium / 768p
229.80
 
high / 1080p
142.45
 
ultra / 1080p
120.80
 
4k / 2160p
44.80
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
medium / 768p
146.20
 
high / 1080p
81.20
 
ultra / 1080p
42.50
 
4k / 2160p
29.10
 
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
130.80
 
medium / 768p
130.60
 
high / 1080p
89.60
 
ultra / 1080p
67.90
 
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
183.90
 
medium / 768p
167.70
 
high / 1080p
140.00
 
ultra / 1080p
127.30
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
199.80
 
medium / 768p
199.70
 
high / 768p
195.00
 
ultra / 1080p
88.60
 
4k / 2160p
45.30
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
167.60
 
medium / 768p
145.40
 
high / 768p
111.40
 
ultra / 1080p
52.80
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
low / 768p
554.30
 
medium / 768p
433.00
 
high / 768p
285.80
 
ultra / 1080p
134.55
 

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to its nearest competitors. All GPU types participate.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 970 from AMD is Radeon R9 390X, which is faster by 2% and higher by 5 positions in our rating.

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