Average Bench: 62.9% (39th of 592)

Based on 272,624 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 37.0% 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) 194fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 180fps

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 970 is 23.7%. 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) 172fps
Avg. Force Splatted Flocking (Swarm) 124fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 272,624 samples)
Min Avg Max
120 Lighting 194 231
135 Reflection 172 198
142 Parallax 193 222
59.9% 187 fps
Min Avg Max
127 MRender 148 167
141 Gravity 180 206
110 Splatting 124 141
65.1% 151 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CLim: 1607 MHz, MLim: 1994 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.13
Lighting 238
Reflection 208
Parallax 232
73% 226 fps
MRender 181
Gravity 219
Splatting 154
80% 185 fps
Asus(1043 851A) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1607 MHz, MLim: 2008 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.11
Lighting 216
Reflection 191
Parallax 233
69% 213 fps
MRender 169
Gravity 198
Splatting 134
72% 167 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 391.35
Lighting 210
Reflection 182
Parallax 193
63% 195 fps
MRender 156
Gravity 194
Splatting 125
69% 158 fps
MSI(1462 3161) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.11
Lighting 206
Reflection 179
Parallax 198
63% 194 fps
MRender 150
Gravity 190
Splatting 134
68% 158 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.11
Lighting 191
Reflection 180
Parallax 216
62% 195 fps
MRender 154
Gravity 182
Splatting 126
66% 154 fps
EVGA(3842 2972) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 388.13
Lighting 184
Reflection 167
Parallax 200
59% 183 fps
MRender 146
Gravity 171
Splatting 119
63% 145 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.11
Lighting 152
Reflection 183
Parallax 202
53% 179 fps
MRender 150
Gravity 184
Splatting 128
66% 154 fps
Nvidia(10DE 13C2) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1583 MHz, MLim: 1777 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.11
Lighting 102
Reflection 196
Parallax 228
46% 175 fps
MRender 159
Gravity 199
Splatting 134
71% 164 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 9,274,435 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 272,624 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $330 @ launch in Sep '14)
MSI(1462 3160) 26% 65% ± 7%
MSI GTX 970 4GB Gaming
GTX 970 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8508) 15% 61% ± 8%
ASUS GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC
STRIX-GTX970-DC20C-4GD5
EVGA(3842 2974) 6% 63% ± 10%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB Super Clocked ACX 2.0
04G-P4-2974-KR
AmazonUS $43010 days
EbayUS $97018 secs
EVGA(3842 3975) 5% 65% ± 9%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3975-KR
Gigabyte(1458 367A) 4% 69% ± 4%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB G1 Gaming
GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD
AmazonUS $3707 months
NeweggUS $3745 months
OutletPCUS $42821 months
Nvidia(10DE 1131) 4% 63% ± 10%
Gigabyte(1458 366A) 3% 68% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 3683) 3% 66% ± 4%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB OC Windforce
GV-N970WF3OC-4GD
EVGA(3842 2978) 2% 59% ± 12%
Gainward(10B0 13C2) 2% 57% ± 19%
Zotac(19DA 1366) 2% 62% ± 3%
Zotac GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card
ZT-90101-10P
OutletPCUS $50314 months
EbayUS $67021 mins
Gigabyte(1458 367B) 2% 67% ± 3%
Asus(1043 853F) 2% 60% ± 5%
Asus GTX 970 4GB Turbo OC
TURBO-GTX970-OC-4GD5
EbayUS $51018 mins
MSI(1462 3161) 2% 59% ± 14%
Nvidia(10DE 1116) 2% 59% ± 9%
Nvidia(10DE 13C2) 2% 62% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 3979) 2% 65% ± 10%
EVGA(3842 3973) 1% 60% ± 4%
PNY(196E 1131) 1% 59% ± 7%
Gigabyte(1458 3670) 1% 67% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8664) 1% 58% ± 8%
Gigabyte(1458 366F) 1% 67% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 3978) 1% 71% ± 7%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB FTW+ GAMING ACX 2.0+ w/BP
04G-P4-3978-KR
AmazonUS $37813 mins
EbayUS $75521 mins
Gigabyte(1458 3684) 1% 65% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 3679) 1% 58% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 2370) 1% 66% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36E1) 1% 68% ± 3%
Sapphire(174B 1366) 1% 58% ± 4%
EVGA(3842 1972) 1% 66% ± 0%
Nvidia(10DE 0000) 1% 12% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2972) 1% 61% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 1970) 0% 57% ± 5%
Dell(1028 1131) 0% 60% ± 0%
Device(0000 0000) 0% 63% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 2372) 0% 64% ± 0%
MSI(1462 3171) 0% 64% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2977) 0% 64% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2975) 0% 65% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3682) 0% 58% ± 0%
Elitegroup(1019 1029) 0% 59% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8509) 0% 64% ± 0%
Device(107D 2762) 0% 64% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3671) 0% 66% ± 0%
Device(1B0A 90F0) 0% 58% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 0972) 0% 60% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36BC) 0% 58% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 4975) 0% 68% ± 0%
Zotac(19DA 1368) 0% 65% ± 0%
Nvidia(10DE 0921) 0% 9% ± 0%
Asus(1043 852E) 0% 63% ± 0%
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Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

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

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 Comments

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59 mins ago.

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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

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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


Excellent

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


Excellent

5 days ago.

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

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—Aug '15


Good

6 days ago.

Gainward phantom edition is great for 1080p gaming and CUDA development.

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."


Excellent

7 hrs ago.

excellent! with sli is outstanding!

Comment 

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


Excellent

16 hrs ago.

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


Good

14 days ago.

I have two this videocards. Cool, performance, nice


Excellent

6 days ago.

I have this one,but mines a ti :)


Disliked

18 hrs 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


Excellent

5 months ago.

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


Poor

10 days ago.

Older card that I bought after it was out for about a month, it has been a great card throughout its life.


Good

10 days ago.

Excellent performance and price!


Excellent

25 days ago.

Using it still for casual gaming... Not a single problem even with new and comming games


Excellent

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

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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

6 days ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.


Poor

18 days ago.

Too expensive


Excellent

4 months ago.

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


Excellent

10 days ago.

its a really good video card


Excellent

2 months ago.

The most awesome graphic card in the entire universe and beyond


Terrible

9 months ago.

very high price & low energy efficiency


Good

9 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

Very nice Card...


Poor

12 months ago.

I give this card a 3.5/4


Excellent

19 months ago.

Price to performance.


Very good

21 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.


Excellent

2 years 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.


Poor

8 months ago.

Just 3,5 GB VRAM.


Good

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

12 months ago.

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


Good

2 years ago.

MSI Gaming


Outstanding

2 years 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

24 months ago.

Decent bang for the buck gpu.


Good

3 months ago.

it's not bad for the value


Excellent

1 month ago.

To me this is a perfect card. Right price (Especially today on ebay), great performance, and it doesn't run terribly hot. For what I use it for, it is downright perfect. I don't play at crazy resolutions though, just 1080p so take that as you will.


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

9 months ago.

buen precio y rendimiento y bajo consumo


Excellent

3 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

3 years ago.

Thanx for all the info


Very good

3 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

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 real 6 GB RAM to this card. . .


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