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 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 40.11 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 970's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
29.02
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Code name
GM204
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
19 September 2014
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$329
 
of 999 (Radeon HD 7990)
Price now
$607
 
of 10560 (Quadro GV100)

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
 
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 2918.4 (GRID K340)

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 (Radeon Pro Duo)
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
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
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
 
OpenGL
4.4
 

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

40.11

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

8642

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.

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 580 2048SP, which is slower by 1% and lower by 3 positions in our rating.

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