NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970: specs and benchmarks

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970


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 Dual-width 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 37.80 percent of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 970's architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
Value for money (0-100)
Maxwell 2.0
Code name
Release date
19 September 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
Price now
of 10182 (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.
of 10752 (GA102)
CUDA cores
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

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
PCIe 3.0 x16
10.5" (26.7 cm)
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Recommended system power (PSU)
500 Watt
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pins
SLI options


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
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
of 8192 (Radeon RX 480)
Memory bus width
256 Bit
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
224 GB/s
of 1024 (Radeon VII)
Shared memory

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 970. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
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
Maximum VGA resolution
G-SYNC support
Audio input for HDMI


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
GeForce ShadowPlay
GPU Boost
GeForce Experience
Adaptive Vertical Sync

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970, sometimes including their particular versions.
12 (12_1)

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


3DMark Ice Storm GPU


3DMark Cloud Gate GPU


3DMark Fire Strike Score


3DMark Fire Strike Graphics


3DMark 11 Performance GPU


3DMark Vantage Performance


Unigine Heaven 4.0




Octane Render OctaneBench


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.

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 970 from AMD is Radeon R9 Fury, which is nearly equal in speed and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

User rating

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