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 3.5 GHz are supplied, and together with 224 + 32 Bit memory interface this creates a bandwidth of 224.4 GB/s.

Compatibility-wise, this is dual-slot card attached via PCIe 3.0 x16 interface. Its manufacturer default version has a length of 267 mm. Two 6-pin power connectors are required, and power consumption is at 148 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at 36.08 percent of a leader's which is AMD Radeon RX 6900 XT.

General info

Of GeForce GTX 970's architecture, market segment and release date.

Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
5.08
 
Architecture
Maxwell
 
GPU code name
GM204
 
Market segment
Desktop
 
Release date
19 September 2014 (7 years ago)
 
Launch price (MSRP)
$329
 
Price now
$274 (0.8x MSRP)
 
of 11999 (Tesla V100 FHHL)

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 970's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU base 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 / CUDA cores
1664
 
of 10752 (GA102)
Core clock speed
1050 MHz
 
Boost clock speed
1178 MHz
 
Number of transistors
5,200 million
 
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
Thermal design power (TDP)
148 Watt
 
of 900 (Tesla S2050)
Texture fill rate
122.5
 
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).

Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
Length
267 mm
 
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pin
 
SLI options
+
 

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
224 + 32 Bit
 
of 6144 (GRID A100A)
Memory clock speed
3500 MHz
 
of 19500 (GeForce RTX 3090)
Memory bandwidth
224.4 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
 
HDMI
+
 
G-SYNC support
+
 

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 970, sometimes including their particular versions.

DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
Shader Model
6.4
 
OpenGL
4.6
 
OpenCL
1.2
 
Vulkan
1.1.126
 
CUDA
+
 

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance of GeForce GTX 970. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

36.08

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

72819

3DMark Fire Strike Score

9434

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

11954

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

16033

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

42263

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

422295

Unigine Heaven 4.0

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark, a newer version of Unigine 3.0 with relatively small differences. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. The benchmark is still sometimes used, despite its significant age, as it was released back in 2013.

1543

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

9737

Octane Render OctaneBench

This is a special benchmark measuring graphics card performance in OctaneRender, which is a realistic GPU rendering engine by OTOY Inc., available either as a standalone program, or as a plugin for 3DS Max, Cinema 4D and many other apps. It renders four different static scenes, then compares render times with a reference GPU which is currently GeForce GTX 980. This benchmark has nothing to do with gaming and is aimed at professional 3D graphics artists.

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 frames per second. Comparisons with game system requirements are included, but remember that sometimes official requirements may reflect reality inaccurately.

This video card matches 100% minimum and 97% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
97%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
97%

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

1080p
 
83
 
1440p
 
54
 
4K
 
38
 

1920x1080
High Settings

Metro Exodus
 
39
 
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
 
81
 

1920x1080
Ultra Settings

Battlefield 5
 
48
 
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
 
43
 

2560x1440
High Settings

Metro Exodus
 
24
 

4K
High Settings

Metro Exodus
 
13
 
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
 
29
 

4K
Ultra Settings

Battlefield 5
 
20
 

AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 970 from AMD is Radeon R9 Fury, which is slower by 1% and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 970:

Similar GPUs

Here is our recommendation of several graphics cards that are more or less close in performance to the one reviewed.

User rating

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