Average Bench: 63.9% (26th of 542)

Based on 147,823 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 36.1% 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) 151fps
Avg. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 200fps

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 970 is just 19.9%. 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) 177fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 186fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 147,823 samples)
Min Avg Max
158 Lighting 200 228
151 Reflection 177 197
166 Parallax 196 223
59.6% 191 fps
Min Avg Max
136 MRender 151 167
164 Gravity 186 208
115 Splatting 127 141
75.5% 155 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 382.5
Lighting 220
Reflection 192
Parallax 208
64% 206 fps
MRender 160
Gravity 203
Splatting 135
80% 166 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 382.53
Lighting 212
Reflection 181
Parallax 219
65% 204 fps
MRender 155
Gravity 193
Splatting 127
77% 159 fps
CLim: 1519 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 382.5
Lighting 216
Reflection 182
Parallax 199
63% 199 fps
MRender 152
Gravity 193
Splatting 127
76% 158 fps
EVGA(3842 1972) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1481 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 382.33
Lighting 206
Reflection 178
Parallax 200
61% 194 fps
MRender 156
Gravity 191
Splatting 136
79% 161 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 382.53
Lighting 208
Reflection 180
Parallax 199
61% 195 fps
MRender 146
Gravity 193
Splatting 128
74% 156 fps
Asus(1043 851A) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 382.5
Lighting 195
Reflection 167
Parallax 197
59% 186 fps
MRender 154
Gravity 186
Splatting 127
77% 155 fps
CLim: 1519 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 382.5
Lighting 194
Reflection 158
Parallax 159
54% 170 fps
MRender 152
Gravity 200
Splatting 133
76% 161 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 4,087,480 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 147,823 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price
MSI(1462 3160) 22% 64% ± 7%
MSI GTX 970 4GB Gaming
GTX 970 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8508) 14% 62% ± 4%
ASUS GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC
STRIX-GTX970-DC20C-4GD5
EVGA(3842 2974) 8% 64% ± 4%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB Super Clocked ACX 2.0
04G-P4-2974-KR
AmazonUS $599.999 days ago.
EbayUS $727.9526 mins ago.
Gigabyte(1458 367A) 6% 69% ± 9%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB G1 Gaming
GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD
AmazonUS $369.991 month ago.
OutletPCUS $428.4310 months ago.
EbayUS $490.0021 mins ago.
Gigabyte(1458 3683) 5% 65% ± 5%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB OC Windforce
GV-N970WF3OC-4GD
Zotac(19DA 1366) 5% 59% ± 7%
Zotac GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card
ZT-90101-10P
OutletPCUS $502.912 months ago.
EbayUS $669.9817 mins ago.
Gainward(10B0 13C2) 3% 63% ± 6%
Gigabyte(1458 367B) 3% 66% ± 6%
EVGA(3842 2978) 3% 69% ± 9%
Gigabyte(1458 366A) 3% 64% ± 13%
EVGA(3842 3975) 3% 68% ± 7%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3975-KR
Nvidia(10DE 1131) 2% 60% ± 7%
Nvidia(10DE 13C2) 2% 63% ± 11%
MSI(1462 3161) 2% 67% ± 9%
Gigabyte(1458 3670) 2% 69% ± 6%
MSI(1462 3171) 2% 63% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36E1) 2% 71% ± 7%
Asus(1043 853F) 1% 60% ± 4%
Asus GTX 970 4GB Turbo OC
TURBO-GTX970-OC-4GD5
EbayUS $759.8810 mins ago.
Asus(1043 8664) 1% 58% ± 5%
Nvidia(10DE 1116) 1% 63% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 3979) 1% 66% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 3978) 1% 66% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB FTW+ GAMING ACX 2.0+ w/BP
04G-P4-3978-KR
AmazonUS $377.735 months ago.
EbayUS $754.7819 mins ago.
Gigabyte(1458 3679) 1% 57% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3684) 1% 66% ± 4%
Zotac(19DA 2370) 1% 64% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2972) 1% 58% ± 7%
EVGA(3842 3973) 1% 55% ± 17%
EVGA(3842 2977) 1% 64% ± 1%
PNY(196E 1131) 1% 64% ± 6%
Gigabyte(1458 366F) 1% 51% ± 26%
Asus(1043 8509) 1% 54% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 36BC) 0% 58% ± 0%
Asus(1043 851A) 0% 64% ± 0%
Zotac(19DA 1368) 0% 68% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3682) 0% 58% ± 0%
Device(107D 2762) 0% 61% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 3671) 0% 66% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8540) 0% 58% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1970) 0% 64% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 0974) 0% 68% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2975) 0% 66% ± 0%
Asus(1043 852E) 0% 62% ± 0%
Palit(1569 13C2) 0% 59% ± 0%
Asus(1043 850E) 0% 61% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1976) 0% 72% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3674) 0% 62% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1972) 0% 64% ± 0%
Sapphire(174B 1366) 0% 59% ± 0%
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Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 58%
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Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917) - $160

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 Comments

Added 2 years ago.

Terrible (edit your comment) Add link

51 mins ago.

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

2 days 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

2 days 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

3 days ago.

Very powerfull gpu.


Liked

2 days 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.

Past thing.....

Comment 

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


Good

1 day ago.

GOOD gpu


Good

2 days ago.

Best. Card. Ever.


Poor

2 days ago.

overall nvidia marketing, 3.5 vram


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!


Disliked

5 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

3 days ago.

I have two this videocards. Cool, performance, nice


Good

2 days ago.

It's a great card with amazing performance.


Good

3 days ago.

Excellent performance and price!


Good

4 days ago.

cost effective


Terrible

10 days ago.

Bad performance


Disliked

3 days 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


Good

2 days ago.

Still high performance on the latest games


Excellent

23 months ago.


Good

15 days ago.

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


Good

3 months ago.

Fake memory but good graphic.


Excellent

22 months ago.

Very nice Card...


Excellent

7 months ago.

Price to performance.


Poor

2 days ago.

I give this card a 3.5/4


Outstanding

14 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

13 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

9 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

15 months ago.

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


Excellent

20 days ago.

Top model for Nvidia on this one. A best seller for good reasons !


Good

16 months ago.

MSI Gaming


Outstanding

15 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

12 months ago.

Decent bang for the buck gpu.


Very good

19 months ago.

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


Outstanding

17 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

2 years ago.

Thanx for all the info


Very good

2 years 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

18 months ago.

Very Good GPU For 1080P Gaming


Outstanding

9 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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