Average Bench: 64% (31st of 550)

Based on 235,319 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 35.9% 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. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 201fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 183fps

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 970 is 23.6%. 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) 175fps
Avg. Force Splatted Flocking (Swarm) 125fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 235,319 samples)
Min Avg Max
164 Lighting 201 234
144 Reflection 175 198
151 Parallax 195 225
61.5% 190 fps
Min Avg Max
123 MRender 149 167
147 Gravity 183 207
107 Splatting 125 141
65.8% 152 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Gigabyte(1458 3670) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.13
Lighting 205
Reflection 176
Parallax 195
62% 192 fps
MRender 154
Gravity 191
Splatting 126
68% 157 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 390.65
Lighting 208
Reflection 179
Parallax 198
63% 195 fps
MRender 150
Gravity 192
Splatting 122
67% 155 fps
Nvidia(10DE 1131) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.13
Lighting 185
Reflection 168
Parallax 186
57% 180 fps
MRender 151
Gravity 175
Splatting 119
64% 148 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.13
Lighting 132
Reflection 119
Parallax 198
48% 150 fps
MRender 155
Gravity 192
Splatting 127
68% 158 fps
CLim: 1418 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 390.65
Lighting 170
Reflection 158
Parallax 175
53% 168 fps
MRender 141
Gravity 166
Splatting 108
60% 138 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 6,884,501 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 235,319 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price
MSI(1462 3160) 29% 65% ± 7%
MSI GTX 970 4GB Gaming
GTX 970 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8508) 18% 62% ± 9%
ASUS GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC
STRIX-GTX970-DC20C-4GD5
Nvidia(10DE 1131) 5% 65% ± 6%
EVGA(3842 2974) 5% 63% ± 9%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB Super Clocked ACX 2.0
04G-P4-2974-KR
AmazonUS $5001 month
EbayUS $97011 mins
Gigabyte(1458 367A) 4% 70% ± 4%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB G1 Gaming
GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD
AmazonUS $3702 months
NeweggUS $37419 days
OutletPCUS $42816 months
EbayUS $1,0419 mins
Gigabyte(1458 3683) 4% 65% ± 3%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB OC Windforce
GV-N970WF3OC-4GD
Zotac(19DA 1366) 3% 61% ± 5%
Zotac GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card
ZT-90101-10P
OutletPCUS $5039 months
EbayUS $6707 mins
EVGA(3842 3975) 3% 62% ± 13%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3975-KR
MSI(1462 3161) 2% 60% ± 18%
Gainward(10B0 13C2) 2% 61% ± 9%
Gigabyte(1458 366A) 2% 67% ± 8%
Nvidia(10DE 13C2) 2% 65% ± 3%
Asus(1043 853F) 2% 58% ± 8%
Asus GTX 970 4GB Turbo OC
TURBO-GTX970-OC-4GD5
EbayUS $7604 mins
EVGA(3842 2978) 1% 66% ± 11%
EVGA(3842 3979) 1% 65% ± 2%
Nvidia(10DE 1116) 1% 62% ± 5%
Asus(1043 8664) 1% 63% ± 1%
MSI(1462 3171) 1% 63% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 3684) 1% 66% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 367B) 1% 67% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 366F) 1% 69% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 2370) 1% 66% ± 2%
Device(1B0A 90F0) 1% 59% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 3679) 1% 60% ± 3%
Sapphire(174B 1366) 1% 54% ± 13%
EVGA(3842 1970) 0% 64% ± 10%
EVGA(3842 2977) 0% 66% ± 1%
Elitegroup(1019 1029) 0% 61% ± 1%
PNY(196E 1131) 0% 68% ± 10%
Palit(1569 13C2) 0% 66% ± 7%
Asus(1043 8509) 0% 58% ± 12%
Gigabyte(1458 3670) 0% 74% ± 12%
EVGA(3842 3973) 0% 61% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36E1) 0% 67% ± 4%
EVGA(3842 3978) 0% 70% ± 1%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB FTW+ GAMING ACX 2.0+ w/BP
04G-P4-3978-KR
AmazonUS $5502 months
EbayUS $9558 mins
EVGA(3842 0974) 0% 67% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36BC) 0% 49% ± 0%
Device(0000 0000) 0% 65% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3682) 0% 60% ± 0%
Zotac(19DA 2372) 0% 64% ± 0%
Asus(1043 852E) 0% 62% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2972) 0% 63% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 368A) 0% 58% ± 0%
Asus(1043 850E) 0% 63% ± 0%
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Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 79%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 58%
Gunboat

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

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 Comments

Added 3 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

2 days ago.

its reliabale and stackable

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


Poor

6 days ago.

cegth


Excellent

3 days ago.

i have it right now ower i think 2 years and its broken. The most games i cant play anymore or with super low grafik


Good

6 days ago.

3.5 Gb not 4Gb :/ my 970 just burned .-.

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

7 days ago.

beacuse this is a monster


Good

3 days ago.

Phenomenal card

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


Excellent

16 hrs ago.

Very cool for gaming

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

24 days ago.

Just amazing..


Excellent

6 mins ago.

excellent! with sli is outstanding!

Comment 

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


Average

6 days ago.

Overclock beast,got mine to 1650 mhz on the core and 3850 mhz vram leaving power limit to 100%


Liked

2 months 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

1 day ago.

Very good at any game and cheap af


Excellent

11 days ago.

I can get this graphic card for 8k for second hand


Good

16 days ago.

I have two this videocards. Cool, performance, nice


Excellent

13 days ago.

i have it , its great


Excellent

13 days ago.

even better


Excellent

14 days ago.

Excellent performance and price!


Good

1 month ago.

Excellent


Good

3 days ago.

zxcdxvsd


Good

10 days ago.

i give 5 star because im very gay and bad at all games. My names tim timolsson003@gmail.com


Poor

1 day ago.

3,5gb


Excellent

1 month ago.

Good price per perfomance


Excellent

5 days ago.

ive had this gpu for 2 years now and its just perfect,


Excellent

1 month ago.

Bad performance


Poor

17 days ago.

is very good yes

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

6 days ago.

beast


Excellent

25 days ago.

its a meme


Excellent

2 years ago.


Excellent

2 months ago.

256 bit on a 4gb is crazy man...better than a 1050ti


Good

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

4 months ago.

el final pa 1080p


Excellent

6 months ago.

The most awesome graphic card in the entire universe and beyond


Good

10 months ago.

Fake memory but good graphic.


Terrible

4 months ago.

very high price & low energy efficiency


Good

4 months ago.

This was a pretty good graphics card back when maxwell ruled the world.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Very nice Card...


Poor

7 months ago.

I give this card a 3.5/4


Excellent

14 months ago.

Price to performance.


Outstanding

21 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

20 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

16 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.


Poor

3 months ago.

Just 3,5 GB VRAM.


Good

21 months ago.

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


Excellent

7 months ago.

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


Good

23 months ago.

MSI Gaming


Outstanding

22 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

19 months ago.

Decent bang for the buck gpu.


Very good

2 years ago.

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


Outstanding

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

4 months ago.

buen precio y rendimiento y bajo consumo


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

2 years ago.

Very Good GPU For 1080P Gaming


Good

4 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 real 6 GB RAM to this card. . .


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