Average Bench: 64.3% (23rd of 535)

Based on 125,355 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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Above average average bench

The Nvidia GTX 970 averaged 35.7% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. Render target array GShader (Sphere) 152fps
Avg. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 202fps

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 970 is just 19.5%. 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. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 186fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 125,355 samples)
Min Avg Max
162 Lighting 202 238
147 Reflection 176 198
169 Parallax 197 223
60% 192 fps
Min Avg Max
139 MRender 152 171
167 Gravity 186 208
116 Splatting 127 143
75.7% 155 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Gigabyte(1458 3684) ≥ 4GB
MaxC: 1555 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 376.53
Lighting 229
Reflection 196
Parallax 213
67% 213 fps
MRender 159
Gravity 208
Splatting 137
80% 168 fps
MaxC: 1556 MHz, MaxM: 1902 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 378.92
Lighting 210
Reflection 188
Parallax 208
63% 202 fps
MRender 165
Gravity 200
Splatting 134
82% 166 fps
MaxC: 1455 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 378.49
Lighting 184
Reflection 175
Parallax 189
56% 183 fps
MRender 151
Gravity 175
Splatting 122
75% 149 fps
MaxC: 1443 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 378.92
Lighting 177
Reflection 156
Parallax 174
53% 169 fps
MRender 131
Gravity 162
Splatting 113
66% 135 fps
Nvidia(10DE 1116) ≥ 4GB
MaxC: 1392 MHz, MaxM: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 378.92
Lighting 174
Reflection 161
Parallax 169
52% 168 fps
MRender 141
Gravity 170
Splatting 118
70% 143 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 3,174,742 GPUs tested.

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Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price
MSI(1462 3160) 21% 64% ± 10%
MSI GTX 970 4GB Gaming
GTX 970 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8508) 20% 62% ± 8%
ASUS GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC
STRIX-GTX970-DC20C-4GD5
EVGA(3842 2974) 7% 65% ± 4%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB Super Clocked ACX 2.0
04G-P4-2974-KR
OutletPCUS $419.843 months ago.
AmazonUS $549.9915 mins ago.
EbayUS $610.061 min ago.
Gigabyte(1458 367A) 5% 67% ± 8%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB G1 Gaming
GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD
EbayUS $379.9922 mins ago.
AmazonUS $419.9918 days ago.
OutletPCUS $428.436 months ago.
EVGA(3842 3975) 5% 67% ± 9%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3975-KR
Zotac(19DA 1366) 4% 63% ± 8%
Zotac GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card
ZT-90101-10P
EbayUS $399.9820 mins ago.
OutletPCUS $401.915 hrs ago.
Nvidia(10DE 1131) 4% 66% ± 9%
EVGA(3842 2978) 3% 69% ± 11%
Gigabyte(1458 367B) 3% 64% ± 8%
Gigabyte(1458 3683) 2% 62% ± 9%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB OC Windforce
GV-N970WF3OC-4GD
Gigabyte(1458 366A) 2% 68% ± 6%
Asus(1043 853F) 2% 62% ± 3%
Asus GTX 970 4GB Turbo OC
TURBO-GTX970-OC-4GD5
AmazonUS $274.997 months ago.
BHPhotoUS $299.998 months ago.
NeweggUS $333.982 months ago.
MSI(1462 3161) 2% 65% ± 4%
Nvidia(10DE 1116) 2% 67% ± 10%
Asus(1043 851A) 1% 67% ± 6%
Nvidia(10DE 13C2) 1% 65% ± 3%
Gainward(10B0 13C2) 1% 64% ± 3%
MSI(1462 3171) 1% 64% ± 4%
PNY(196E 1131) 1% 61% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3979) 1% 67% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 366F) 1% 72% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 2370) 1% 54% ± 26%
Asus(1043 8664) 1% 62% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3684) 1% 68% ± 7%
EVGA(3842 3978) 1% 67% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB FTW+ GAMING ACX 2.0+ w/BP
04G-P4-3978-KR
AmazonUS $377.732 months ago.
EbayUS $954.7821 mins ago.
EVGA(3842 1972) 1% 66% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 3973) 1% 62% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3679) 1% 58% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 0974) 0% 64% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 2977) 0% 75% ± 17%
Gigabyte(1458 36BC) 0% 59% ± 2%
Device(0000 0000) 0% 64% ± 0%
Palit(1569 13C2) 0% 73% ± 6%
Gigabyte(1458 3674) 0% 64% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8509) 0% 71% ± 16%
Sapphire(174B 1366) 0% 59% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3670) 0% 63% ± 3%
Device(1B0A 90F0) 0% 60% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1970) 0% 61% ± 0%
Zotac(19DA 1368) 0% 63% ± 0%
Elitegroup(1019 1029) 0% 59% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36E1) 0% 72% ± 0%
Asus(1043 852E) 0% 62% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2972) 0% 57% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 368B) 0% 56% ± 0%
Asus(1043 850E) 0% 60% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36EA) 0% 62% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3671) 0% 48% ± 0%
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Gaming 64%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $160

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 Comments

Added 2 years ago.

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44 mins ago.

No regrets, Card Value even increased about 2months ago, because it was still well above average and no longer being made. Right there for VR.

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


Liked

5 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

6 mins ago.

it's like riding a ninja at 180 mph , it's 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


Good

6 hrs ago.

5/7


Poor

1 day ago.

Very powerfull gpu.


Disliked

2 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."


Good

4 days ago.

Best. Card. Ever.


Poor

2 days ago.

overall nvidia marketing, 3.5 vram


Good

1 day ago.

Past thing.....

Comment 

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


Good

10 hrs ago.

GOOD KART


Good

3 days ago.

i love it


Good

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

5 hrs ago.

It's a great card with amazing performance.


Good

9 hrs ago.

I have two this videocards. Cool, performance, nice


Liked

4 days 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 hrs ago.

Excellent performance and price!


Good

5 days ago.

10


Poor

22 hrs ago.

great!


Good

10 days ago.

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


Poor

10 days ago.

cost effective


Liked

1 day 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


Excellent

20 months ago.


Good

3 days ago.

3.5/4


Good

16 days ago.

very sexy


Good

22 days ago.

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


Good

19 days ago.

Fake memory but good graphic.


Excellent

19 months ago.

Very nice Card...


Excellent

4 months ago.

Price to performance.


Outstanding

10 months ago.

It can run games at very high-ultra settings overclocked at 60fps. It still does have trouble above 3.5GB of VRAM, despite being marketed as a 4GB card, and that can be a problem


Excellent

10 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.


Very good

6 months ago.

If you have the space to fit it, It's a totally recomended buy! Have run all my games with little to no trouble so far. Witcher 3, GTA V, No man's sky, you name it, it runs. Can it run crysis? Of course. Why the 8? It's XBOX HUGE, but it's kind of spected in this kind of cards.


Good

11 months ago.

A very good gpu, all in ultra, even Batman Arkham Knight.


Excellent

2 years ago.

10\10


Good

12 months ago.

MSI Gaming


Outstanding

11 months ago.

Great card, awesome responsive gameplay....can't complain one bit. I tried radeon but returned in less than a week to go back to Nvidia!


Very good

9 months ago.

Decent bang for the buck gpu.


Excellent

19 months ago.

Best CxB.


Very good

16 months ago.

The VRAM fiasco was a disappointment, but it's quite capable and a great affordable option for 1080p gaming.


Outstanding

14 months ago.

Excellent graphics card for the price. Performance is better than the GTX 980.


Excellent

2 years 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

23 months ago.

Thanx for all the info


Very good

21 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

15 months ago.

Very Good GPU For 1080P Gaming


Outstanding

6 months ago.

card amazing, memory management on the card is a thumbs down. My first midrange + gaming card. I'm 34 year old console player since they started. I'm blown away from the grafix and what I've done: console killer PC. Next-Gen Console Killer PC. Welcome to next GEN gaming. If only they added 6 GB RAM to this card. . . . . . . . man . . . .


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