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 44.15 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA TITAN V.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 970's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Perfomance to price
40.64
 
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
Code name
GM204
 
Type
Desktop
 
Release date
19 September 2014
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$329
 
of 14999 (Quadro Plex 7000)
Price
$433.08
 
of 4095.95 (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
 
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)
 
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 14000
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
12.0 (12_1)
 
OpenGL
4.4
 
of 4.6
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
44.15
 
 
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
8593
 
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 (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
0.51
 
 
Games benchmarked by notebookcheck.net
Fortnite (2018)
high / 1080p
82
 
ultra / 1080p
60
 
4k / 2160p
22
 
Ghost Recon Wildlands (2017)
low / 720p
138
 
medium / 1080p
71
 
high / 1080p
65
 
ultra / 1080p
34
 
4k / 2160p
22
 
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017)
high / 1080p
57
 
ultra / 1080p
51
 
4k / 2160p
20
 
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017)
ultra / 1080p
52
 
4k / 2160p
18
 
Resident Evil 7 (2017)
ultra / 1080p
88
 
4k / 2160p
31
 
Star Wars Battlefront 2 (2017)
ultra / 1080p
66
 
4k / 2160p
9
 
Battlefield 1 (BF1) (2016)
ultra / 1080p
87
 
4k / 2160p
38
 
Civilization VI (2016)
ultra / 1080p
68
 
4k / 2160p
58
 
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016)
high / 1080p
52
 
ultra / 1080p
28
 
4k / 2160p
17
 
Dishonored 2 (2016)
low / 720p
106
 
medium / 768p
100
 
high / 1080p
60
 
ultra / 1080p
57
 
4k / 2160p
29
 
Doom (2016)
low / 720p
170
 
medium / 768p
161
 
high / 1080p
109
 
ultra / 1080p
99
 
4k / 2160p
34
 
Far Cry Primal (2016)
low / 720p
112
 
medium / 1080p
100
 
high / 1080p
80
 
ultra / 1080p
55
 
4k / 2160p
27
 
Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016)
low / 720p
151
 
medium / 768p
137
 
high / 1080p
81
 
ultra / 1080p
73
 
4k / 2160p
26
 
Overwatch (2016)
medium / 768p
288
 
high / 1080p
188
 
ultra / 1080p
108
 
4k / 2160p
58
 
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016)
low / 768p
159
 
medium / 768p
128
 
high / 1080p
76
 
ultra / 1080p
62
 
4k / 2160p
25
 
The Division (2016)
low / 720p
191
 
medium / 768p
138
 
high / 1080p
72
 
ultra / 1080p
55
 
4k / 2160p
27
 
Titanfall 2 (2016)
high / 1080p
59
 
ultra / 1080p
87
 
Watch Dogs 2 (2016)
high / 1080p
66
 
ultra / 1080p
35
 
4k / 2160p
23
 
XCOM 2 (2016)
low / 720p
88
 
medium / 1080p
76
 
high / 1080p
59
 
ultra / 1080p
28
 
4k / 2160p
16
 
Fallout 4 (2015)
medium / 768p
132
 
high / 1080p
91
 
ultra / 1080p
74
 
4k / 2160p
30
 
GTA V (2015)
low / 768p
168
 
medium / 768p
159
 
high / 1080p
98
 
ultra / 1080p
44
 
4k / 2160p
46
 
Just Cause 3 (2015)
medium / 768p
101
 
high / 1080p
86
 
ultra / 1080p
79
 
4k / 2160p
34
 
Rainbow Six Siege (2015)
low / 768p
282
 
medium / 768p
230
 
high / 1080p
142
 
ultra / 1080p
121
 
4k / 2160p
45
 
The Witcher 3 (2015)
medium / 768p
146
 
high / 1080p
81
 
ultra / 1080p
43
 
4k / 2160p
29
 
Far Cry 4 (2014)
low / 768p
131
 
medium / 768p
131
 
high / 1080p
90
 
ultra / 1080p
68
 
Sims 4 (2014)
low / 768p
184
 
medium / 768p
168
 
high / 1080p
140
 
ultra / 1080p
127
 
Battlefield 4 (2013)
low / 768p
200
 
medium / 768p
200
 
high / 768p
195
 
ultra / 1080p
89
 
4k / 2160p
45
 
Crysis 3 (2013)
low / 768p
168
 
medium / 768p
145
 
high / 768p
111
 
ultra / 1080p
53
 
Tomb Raider (2013)
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

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