Average Bench: 83.4% - 20th / 530

Based on 115,081 user benchmarks.  Device: 10DE 13C2 Model: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

The Nvidia GTX 970 is a game changer in terms of performance per watt and value for money. The GTX 970 is based on Nvidia's ground-breaking Maxwell architecture which delivers considerable clock for clock performance gains over Kepler, its predecessor. Comparing the GTX 970 and 780 Ti shows that the two cards offer comparable performance yet the new GTX 970 costs nearly half as much! Unsurprisingly Nvidia are discontinuing the 780 Ti as it's now largely redundant. These price to performance gains typically occur once or twice a decade and although the new Maxwell architecture will improve down the line with the release of the Ti/Titan versions, at the moment the 970 offers the best value for money on the market by miles. Since this summary was originally written AMD have slashed prices and older Nvidia models (780/780 Ti/770) have also been hugely discounted. See the latest value for money rankings here[Jul '15 GPUPro]

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Very good average bench

The Nvidia GTX 970 averaged just 16.5% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This is an excellent result which ranks the Nvidia GTX 970 near the top of the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Render target array GShader (Sphere) 152fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 186fps
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Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 970 is just 16.8%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Nvidia GTX 970 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. High dynamic range lighting (Teapot) 176fps
Avg. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 202fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 115,081 samples)
Min Avg Max
164 Lighting 202 235
150 Reflection 176 198
163 Parallax 197 225
54.2% 192 fps
Min Avg Max
141 MRender 152 168
166 Gravity 186 209
115 Splatting 127 142
113% 155 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
EVGA(3842 3979) ≥ 4GB
MaxC: 1531 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 369.9
Lighting 209
Reflection 192
Parallax 204
56% 202 fps
MRender 157
Gravity 193
Splatting 134
117% 161 fps
MaxC: 1506 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 368.81
Lighting 201
Reflection 182
Parallax 200
55% 194 fps
MRender 156
Gravity 188
Splatting 128
114% 157 fps
MaxC: 1443 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 376.60
Lighting 191
Reflection 173
Parallax 209
57% 191 fps
MRender 151
Gravity 182
Splatting 122
111% 152 fps
Gigabyte(1458 3684) ≥ 4GB
MaxC: 1455 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 353.54
Lighting 209
Reflection 180
Parallax 194
54% 194 fps
MRender 149
Gravity 188
Splatting 126
112% 154 fps
Zotac(19DA 1368) ≥ 4GB
MaxC: 1443 MHz, MaxM: 1761 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 376.9
Lighting 194
Reflection 168
Parallax 202
55% 188 fps
MRender 148
Gravity 180
Splatting 116
108% 148 fps

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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 2,562,168 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 115,081 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price
MSI(1462 3160) 23% 84% ± 9%
MSI GTX 970 4GB Gaming
GTX 970 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8508) 18% 81% ± 9%
ASUS GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC
STRIX-GTX970-DC20C-4GD5
EVGA(3842 2974) 7% 84% ± 5%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB Super Clocked ACX 2.0
04G-P4-2974-KR
AmazonUS $349.994 days ago.
OutletPCUS $419.841 month ago.
EbayUS $643.9518 mins ago.
Gigabyte(1458 367A) 6% 84% ± 11%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB G1 Gaming
GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD
AmazonUS $355.5837 mins ago.
EbayUS $379.9914 mins ago.
OutletPCUS $428.434 months ago.
EVGA(3842 3975) 4% 88% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3975-KR
Zotac(19DA 1366) 4% 82% ± 5%
Zotac GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card
ZT-90101-10P
OutletPCUS $296.7011 hrs ago.
EbayUS $399.8912 mins ago.
Nvidia(10DE 1131) 3% 81% ± 7%
Gigabyte(1458 3683) 3% 85% ± 4%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB OC Windforce
GV-N970WF3OC-4GD
EVGA(3842 2978) 3% 87% ± 2%
Gainward(10B0 13C2) 2% 83% ± 8%
Asus(1043 853F) 2% 82% ± 4%
Asus GTX 970 4GB Turbo OC
TURBO-GTX970-OC-4GD5
AmazonUS $274.995 months ago.
BHPhotoUS $299.996 months ago.
NeweggUS $333.9814 days ago.
EbayUS $390.1113 mins ago.
EVGA(3842 3979) 2% 86% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 366A) 2% 83% ± 16%
EVGA(3842 3978) 2% 87% ± 3%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB FTW+ GAMING ACX 2.0+ w/BP
04G-P4-3978-KR
AmazonUS $377.7313 days ago.
EbayUS $747.8713 mins ago.
Gigabyte(1458 367B) 1% 89% ± 3%
Nvidia(10DE 13C2) 1% 83% ± 5%
MSI(1462 3161) 1% 85% ± 4%
Nvidia(10DE 1116) 1% 84% ± 4%
Zotac(19DA 2370) 1% 87% ± 3%
MSI(1462 3171) 1% 84% ± 5%
Gigabyte(1458 3684) 1% 84% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 366F) 1% 86% ± 4%
Asus(1043 8509) 1% 80% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 3679) 1% 79% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3670) 1% 71% ± 26%
EVGA(3842 3973) 1% 79% ± 1%
PNY(196E 1131) 1% 81% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 1970) 1% 81% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 2977) 0% 85% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 2975) 0% 89% ± 2%
Device(1B0A 90F0) 0% 82% ± 7%
Zotac(19DA 1368) 0% 86% ± 2%
Asus(1043 851A) 0% 89% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 3671) 0% 90% ± 8%
Asus(1043 8664) 0% 81% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36BC) 0% 77% ± 1%
Device(0000 0000) 0% 79% ± 3%
Device(7377 0000) 0% 86% ± 7%
Gigabyte(1458 36E1) 0% 86% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 2972) 0% 80% ± 4%
Palit(1569 13C2) 0% 81% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 2976) 0% 81% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3682) 0% 77% ± 0%
Elitegroup(1019 1029) 0% 81% ± 0%
Dell(1028 1131) 0% 78% ± 0%
Asus(1043 850E) 0% 80% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1976) 0% 81% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1972) 0% 81% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 0974) 0% 85% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 0972) 0% 78% ± 0%
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Gaming 78%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 85%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 61%
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $145

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 Comments

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Good (edit your comment) Add link

8 hrs ago.

It's okay, getting a little older though. It shows it's age in the newest games.

Comment 

Just picked mine up yesterday, and it's a significantly bigger improvement over my old 770 (2GB) than I expected. Running Elite:Dangerous at locked-on 60fps at 5760x1080 high settings, and can even run some ultra settings at that resolution and maintain 30+fps. I am thinking of picking up a second one to SLI them so I can go full-bore Ultra, but I probably need to upgrade my processor more.—Mar '15

Comment 

I moved from a GTX 700 series card to this card along with a new i5 and SSD HD. the 970 has exceeded all my expectations playing LOL, WOW, Steam games at full HD with 80-270FPS. I found the price/performance to be amazing compared to other cards.—Jun '15

Comment 

plays fallout 4 on ultra settings, with no graphic back ground popping! its awesome, just make sure your pc tower is has enough room and make sure you have power supply above 500W —Nov '15

Comment 

Love this card. Mostly for the value. Could have gotten something better but for the price its unbeatable.—Mar '16


Disliked

6 hrs ago.

Comment 

Despite the whole 3.5GB vs 4GB issue, I have yet to find a problem with my 970. It runs GTA V very well, and runs most games at a pretty flawless 60fps or higher on great settings. Can highly recommend, although it is worth noting that today there are better performers for the same price. —Sep '15


Good

54 mins ago.

5/7


Good

55 mins ago.

its like riding a ninja at 180 mph , its dangerous but you can go that fast :)

Comment 

The GTX 970 is great GPU that can handle even the most recent games with ease. It also has a has very low TDP therefore producing little heat and is amazingly quiet.—May '15

Comment 

—Aug '15


Poor

9 hrs ago.

Very powerfull gpu.


Liked

6 hrs ago.

Info  www.change.org/...

"Nvidia advertised the GTX 970 as having 4GB of vram running at 224GB/S, it was later revealed that the first 3.5GB operates at 192GB/s (7/8th) while the remaining 0.5GB operates at 1/8th that speed."


Poor

4 hrs ago.

overall nvidia marketing, 3.5 vram


Good

2 days ago.

Past thing.....

Comment 

Excellent. Low TDP and good price. Runs easily GTA V at 1080p and ultra settings.—Aug '15


Good

1 day ago.

Best. Card. Ever.


Poor

19 hrs ago.

GOOD KART


Poor

2 days ago.

I've searched a lot for all GPU and finally got this after seen all features! I'm gonna use it for . Works great for games too!


Good

2 days ago.

It's a great card with amazing performance.


Poor

12 hrs ago.

I have two this videocards. Cool, performance, nice


Liked

1 day ago.

Comment 

Picked this up after my old 7850 died. Exceeded my expectations. I was even able to play GTA V and BF4 maxed out with 4xMSAA with 60+ FPS. Would recommend to anyone looking for a mid-high gaming card.—Jan '16


Good

2 days ago.

Excellent performance and price!


Good

4 hrs ago.

10


Good

8 hrs ago.

Works as it should , should be listed as 3.5GB though. LIKE


Good

2 days ago.

i love it


Good

14 hrs ago.

great!


Good

2 days ago.

cost effective


Excellent

18 months ago.


Liked

15 hrs ago.

Info  www.userbenchmark.com/...

Just tried it with nothing more than 150Mhz extra core clock, saw it boost to 1577, and stayed at 53c. Will try and c how it do in games, as I just got it, so will c how stable it runs, would like to have it up at 1600Mhz :-) No OV, No extra mem clock. Funk606

Comment 

Bought mine some days ago, just got it 2 day, installed it, tried first with 100Mhz extra, as I saw Jay2Cent run it at 1500Mhz without any problems, mine took the 100 while staying at 53c, dropped 50Mhz on top, stayed at 53c, and ran test without any problems, but one thing is benchmark's, another games, will c how it do, so fare no OV or MEM OC. Funk606 Ok, so tried to run it at 1500Mhz, & it got zero problems with staying at that OC, did not touch mem. or voltage, did just put little extra on core Clock, run games smooth, but sure, jumped the gun a bit, now the 1080-1070 r just around the corner, but the offer was so cheap, and with the new WinX, where u can mix & match GPU's as u like, can always use it as second GPU, or for another PC, cant say I seen any GPU OC that much out of the box!!—May '16


Poor

1 day ago.

3.5/4


Good

6 days ago.

very sexy


Good

8 days ago.

Best card . Doesnt let you feel its 3.5GB , so powerful


Good

5 days ago.

Fake memory but good graphic.


Excellent

17 months ago.

Very nice Card...


Excellent

8 months ago.

EVGA GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ It's a monster. Newest games 1080p on ultra 60fps or more. 1440p 45fps or more. Best value hands down.


Excellent

23 months ago.

10\10


Excellent

23 months ago.

Solid performer in SLI and I don't really ever get of 3gb of vram used so the issue after 3.5gb isn't a issue at all for me.


Good

21 months ago.

Thanx for all the info


Very good

19 months ago.

One of the best cards out there for the price, it's a massive jump from my AMD R7 260X. Obviously the 980 is better but the extra $100 doesn't really justify the jump. To future proof the 970 even more, another one of these in SLI would do the trick for sure.


Excellent

16 months ago.

Best CxB.


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