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 43.57 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Ti.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 970's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
33.18
 
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
Code name
GM204
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
19 September 2014
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$329
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price now
$407.76
 
of 4403.52 (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 (FirePro S9300 X2)
CUDA cores
1664
 
Core clock speed
1050 MHz
 
of 1620 (Quadro RTX 5000)
Boost Clock
1178 MHz
 
of 1815 (Quadro RTX 5000)
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
of 21100
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Power consumption (TDP)
148 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature
98 °C
 
Texture fill rate
109 billion / sec
 
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)
 
Recommended system power (PSU)
500 Watt
 
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pins
 
SLI options
4x
 

Memory

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
 
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
of 8192 (FirePro S9300 X2)
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
of 14000
Memory bandwidth
224 GB / s
 
of 1024 (FirePro S9300 X2)
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
12.0 (12_1)
 
OpenGL
4.4
 
of 4.6

Video card benchmark 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
43.24
3DMark Ice Storm GPU
422295
3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
72819
3DMark Fire Strike Score
9434
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
11954
3DMark 11 Performance GPU
16033
3DMark Vantage Performance
42263
Unigine Heaven 4.0
1543
Passmark
8600
3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score
11900
Octane Render OctaneBench
79

Mining hashrates

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

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 970 is for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS. Comparisons with system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect real performance inaccurately.

Fortnite

2018

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Fortnite official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Fortnite on GeForce GTX 970.

high / 1080p
82
 
ultra / 1080p
60
 
4k / 2160p
22
 

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG)

2017

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce GTX 960
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Real world test results of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) on GeForce GTX 970.

ultra / 1080p
52
 
4k / 2160p
18
 

Overwatch

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Overwatch official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum HD Graphics 4400
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Overwatch on GeForce GTX 970.

medium / 768p
288
 
high / 1080p
188
 
ultra / 1080p
108
 
4k / 2160p
58
 

GTA V

2015

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to GTA V official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce 9800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of GTA V on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 768p
168
 
medium / 768p
159
 
high / 1080p
98
 
ultra / 1080p
44
 
4k / 2160p
46
 

Rainbow Six Siege

2015

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Rainbow Six Siege official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce GTX 460
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Rainbow Six Siege on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 768p
282
 
medium / 768p
230
 
high / 1080p
142
 
ultra / 1080p
121
 
4k / 2160p
45
 

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

2014

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce 6800
recommended GeForce 8800 GT

Dota 2

2013

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Dota 2 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce 8600 GT

Counter-Strike: GO

2012

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Counter-Strike: GO official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
recommended GeForce 6600

League of Legends

2009

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to League of Legends official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce 6150
recommended GeForce 8800 GT

Minecraft

2009

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Minecraft official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum Radeon HD 2400
recommended Radeon HD 5970

Ghost Recon Wildlands

2017

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Ghost Recon Wildlands official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Real world test results of Ghost Recon Wildlands on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 720p
138
 
medium / 1080p
71
 
high / 1080p
65
 
ultra / 1080p
34
 
4k / 2160p
22
 

Mass Effect Andromeda

2017

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Mass Effect Andromeda official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Mass Effect Andromeda on GeForce GTX 970.

high / 1080p
57
 
ultra / 1080p
51
 
4k / 2160p
20
 

Resident Evil 7

2017

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Resident Evil 7 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce GTX 760
recommended GeForce GTX 1060

FPS tests

Real world test results of Resident Evil 7 on GeForce GTX 970.

ultra / 1080p
88
 
4k / 2160p
31
 

Star Wars Battlefront 2

2017

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Star Wars Battlefront 2 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Star Wars Battlefront 2 on GeForce GTX 970.

ultra / 1080p
66
 
4k / 2160p
9
 

Battlefield 1 (BF1)

2016

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 1 (BF1) on GeForce GTX 970.

ultra / 1080p
87
 
4k / 2160p
38
 

Civilization VI

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Civilization VI official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum Radeon HD 5570
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Civilization VI on GeForce GTX 970.

ultra / 1080p
68
 
4k / 2160p
58
 

Deus Ex Mankind Divided

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Deus Ex Mankind Divided official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Deus Ex Mankind Divided on GeForce GTX 970.

high / 1080p
52
 
ultra / 1080p
28
 
4k / 2160p
17
 

Dishonored 2

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Dishonored 2 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dishonored 2 on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 720p
106
 
medium / 768p
100
 
high / 1080p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
57
 
4k / 2160p
29
 

Doom

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Doom official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum Radeon HD 7870
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Doom on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 720p
170
 
medium / 768p
161
 
high / 1080p
109
 
ultra / 1080p
99
 
4k / 2160p
34
 

Far Cry Primal

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Far Cry Primal official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum Radeon HD 5770
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Far Cry Primal on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 720p
112
 
medium / 1080p
100
 
high / 1080p
80
 
ultra / 1080p
55
 
4k / 2160p
27
 

Rise of the Tomb Raider

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Rise of the Tomb Raider official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce GTX 650
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of Rise of the Tomb Raider on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 768p
159
 
medium / 768p
128
 
high / 1080p
76
 
ultra / 1080p
62
 
4k / 2160p
25
 

The Division

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to The Division official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum Radeon HD 7770
recommended GeForce GTX 970

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Division on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 720p
191
 
medium / 768p
138
 
high / 1080p
72
 
ultra / 1080p
55
 
4k / 2160p
27
 

Titanfall 2

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Titanfall 2 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended Radeon RX 480

FPS tests

Real world test results of Titanfall 2 on GeForce GTX 970.

high / 1080p
59
 
ultra / 1080p
87
 

Watch Dogs 2

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Watch Dogs 2 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Watch Dogs 2 on GeForce GTX 970.

high / 1080p
66
 
ultra / 1080p
35
 
4k / 2160p
23
 

XCOM 2

2016

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to XCOM 2 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum Radeon HD 5770
recommended Radeon HD 7970

FPS tests

Real world test results of XCOM 2 on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 720p
88
 
medium / 1080p
76
 
high / 1080p
59
 
ultra / 1080p
28
 
4k / 2160p
16
 

Fallout 4

2015

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Fallout 4 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce GTX 550 Ti
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Fallout 4 on GeForce GTX 970.

medium / 768p
132
 
high / 1080p
91
 
ultra / 1080p
74
 
4k / 2160p
30
 

Just Cause 3

2015

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Just Cause 3 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum Radeon HD 7870
recommended GeForce GTX 780

FPS tests

Real world test results of Just Cause 3 on GeForce GTX 970.

medium / 768p
101
 
high / 1080p
86
 
ultra / 1080p
79
 
4k / 2160p
34
 

Star Wars Battlefront

2015

FPS tests

Real world test results of Star Wars Battlefront on GeForce GTX 970.

medium / 768p
189
 
high / 1080p
111
 
ultra / 1080p
96
 
4k / 2160p
35
 

The Witcher 3

2015

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to The Witcher 3 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce GTX 660
recommended GeForce GTX 770

FPS tests

Real world test results of The Witcher 3 on GeForce GTX 970.

medium / 768p
146
 
high / 1080p
81
 
ultra / 1080p
43
 
4k / 2160p
29
 

World of Warships

2015

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to World of Warships official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum HD Graphics 4000
recommended GeForce GTX 550 Ti

FPS tests

Real world test results of World of Warships on GeForce GTX 970.

ultra / 1080p
153
 
4k / 2160p
59
 

Dragon Age: Inquisition

2014

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Dragon Age: Inquisition official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Dragon Age: Inquisition on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 768p
175
 
medium / 768p
171
 
high / 1080p
80
 
ultra / 1080p
61
 

Far Cry 4

2014

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Far Cry 4 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum Radeon HD 5850
recommended GeForce GTX 680

FPS tests

Real world test results of Far Cry 4 on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 768p
131
 
medium / 768p
131
 
high / 1080p
90
 
ultra / 1080p
68
 

Sims 4

2014

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Sims 4 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce 6600

FPS tests

Real world test results of Sims 4 on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 768p
184
 
medium / 768p
168
 
high / 1080p
140
 
ultra / 1080p
127
 

Battlefield 4

2013

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Battlefield 4 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended GeForce GTX 660

FPS tests

Real world test results of Battlefield 4 on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 768p
200
 
medium / 768p
200
 
high / 768p
195
 
ultra / 1080p
89
 
4k / 2160p
45
 

Crysis 3

2013

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Crysis 3 official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce GTS 450
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Crysis 3 on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 768p
168
 
medium / 768p
145
 
high / 768p
111
 
ultra / 1080p
53
 

Tomb Raider

2013

Official system requirements

GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to Tomb Raider official system requirements.

GeForce GTX 970
minimum GeForce 8800 GT
recommended Radeon HD 5870

FPS tests

Real world test results of Tomb Raider on GeForce GTX 970.

low / 768p
554
 
medium / 768p
433
 
high / 768p
286
 
ultra / 1080p
135
 

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 RX 480, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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