NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970: specs and benchmarks

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1050
  • Max video memory 4 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 7.0 Gbps
  • Maximum resolution
Year of release 2014
Performance 32.68

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 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 145 Watt.

It provides good gaming and benchmark performance at

32.68%

of a leader's which is NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 Ti.

General info

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

Place in performance rating145
Place by popularity49
Value for money18.29
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)
GPU code nameGM204
Market segmentDesktop
Release date19 September 2014 (8 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$329
Current price$162 (0.5x MSRP)of 49999 (A100 SXM4)
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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 cores1664of 18432 (AD102)
CUDA cores1664
Core clock speed1050 MHzof 2610 (Radeon RX 6500 XT)
Boost clock speed1178 MHzof 2903 (Radeon Pro W6600)
Number of transistors5,200 millionof 14400 (GeForce GTX 1080 SLI Mobile)
Manufacturing process technology28 nmof 4 (GeForce RTX 4080 Ti)
Thermal design power (TDP)145 Wattof 900 (Tesla S2050)
Maximum GPU temperature98 °C
Texture fill rate109 billion/secof 939.8 (H100 SXM5)
Floating-point performance3,920 gflopsof 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 supportPCI Express 3.0
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16
Length10.5" (26.7 cm)
Height4.376" (11.1 cm)
Width2-slot
Recommended system power (PSU)500 Watt
Supplementary power connectors2x 6-pins
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 typeGDDR5
Maximum RAM amount4 GBof 128 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory bus width256 Bitof 8192 (Radeon Instinct MI250X)
Memory clock speed7.0 GB/sof 21000 (GeForce RTX 3090 Ti)
Memory bandwidth224 GB/sof 14400 (Radeon R7 M260)
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 ConnectorsDual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
Multi monitor support4 displays
HDMI+
HDCP+
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536
G-SYNC support+
Audio input for HDMIInternal

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.

GameStream+
GeForce ShadowPlay+
GPU Boost2.0
GameWorks+

API support

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

DirectX12 (12_1)
Shader Model6.4
OpenGL4.4of 4.6 (GeForce GTX 1080 Mobile)
OpenCL1.2
Vulkan1.1.126
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.

GTX 970 32.68
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • GeekBench 5 OpenCL
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • GeekBench 5 Vulkan
  • GeekBench 5 CUDA
  • Octane Render OctaneBench
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0

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.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

GTX 970 9655

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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 970 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.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 970 42263

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.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 970 72819

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 970 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.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 970 11954

GeekBench 5 OpenCL

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses OpenCL API by Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 9%

GTX 970 29064

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.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

GTX 970 422295

GeekBench 5 Vulkan

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses Vulkan API by AMD & Khronos Group.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 970 33703

GeekBench 5 CUDA

Geekbench 5 is a widespread graphics card benchmark combined from 11 different test scenarios. All these scenarios rely on direct usage of GPU's processing power, no 3D rendering is involved. This variation uses CUDA API by NVIDIA.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 970 25897

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.

Benchmark coverage: 4%

GTX 970 79

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.

Benchmark coverage: 1%

GTX 970 1543

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.

Average FPS

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

Full HD82
1440p54
4K38

Popular games

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Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 30−35
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 30−35
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 30−35
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
Metro Exodus 39
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 30−35
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 81
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 48
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 43
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
Metro Exodus 24
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 30−35
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 30−35
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30−35
Hitman 3 30−35
Horizon Zero Dawn 30−35
Metro Exodus 13
Red Dead Redemption 2 30−35
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 30−35
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 29
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 30−35
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 30−35
Battlefield 5 20
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
Far Cry 5 30−35
Far Cry New Dawn 30−35
Forza Horizon 4 30−35
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35

Relative perfomance

Overall GeForce GTX 970 performance compared to nearest competitors among desktop video cards.


AMD equivalent

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 970 from AMD is Radeon RX 590, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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Similar GPUs

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

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