Average Bench: 62.8% (45th of 599)

Based on 359,207 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 37.1% 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. Locally-deformable PRT (Bat) 192fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 181fps

Good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 970 is 20.4%. 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 359,207 samples)
Min Avg Max
125 Lighting 192 221
141 Reflection 172 197
142 Parallax 192 222
59.4% 185 fps
Min Avg Max
133 MRender 149 165
149 Gravity 181 202
106 Splatting 124 139
65.4% 151 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CLim: 1602 MHz, MLim: 1900 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 417.71
Lighting 222
Reflection 192
Parallax 231
70% 215 fps
MRender 165
Gravity 207
Splatting 137
73% 169 fps
CLim: 1603 MHz, MLim: 2002 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 417.71
Lighting 210
Reflection 194
Parallax 215
65% 206 fps
MRender 168
Gravity 202
Splatting 135
73% 168 fps
CLim: 1506 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 417.71
Lighting 199
Reflection 183
Parallax 199
62% 194 fps
MRender 155
Gravity 192
Splatting 129
69% 159 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 399.7
Lighting 194
Reflection 177
Parallax 195
60% 189 fps
MRender 154
Gravity 182
Splatting 126
66% 154 fps
359,207 MORE »

 Game FPS Estimates

Average fps @ 1080p with maximum detail settings for 12 popular games:

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: 157 fps PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds: 63 fps Grand Theft Auto V: 53 fps Fortnite: 89 fps League of Legends: 174 fps Overwatch: 97 fps Battlefield 1: 62 fps The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: 50 fps DOTA 2: 125 fps World of Warcraft: 64 fps World of Tanks: 98 fps Battlefield 4: 95 fps

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 13,884,064 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 359,207 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $330 @ launch in Sep '14)
MSI(1462 3160) 23% 65% ± 7%
MSI GTX 970 4GB Gaming
GTX 970 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8508) 17% 61% ± 8%
ASUS GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC
STRIX-GTX970-DC20C-4GD5
EVGA(3842 2974) 7% 63% ± 8%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB Super Clocked ACX 2.0
04G-P4-2974-KR
AmazonUS $4307 months
Gigabyte(1458 367A) 7% 67% ± 5%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB G1 Gaming
GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD
NeweggUS $37412 months
AmazonUS $3991 month
OutletPCUS $4282 years
EVGA(3842 3975) 4% 65% ± 10%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3975-KR
Gigabyte(1458 3683) 3% 62% ± 7%
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 $50321 months
Nvidia(10DE 1131) 3% 64% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 2978) 3% 62% ± 15%
Asus(1043 853F) 2% 60% ± 4%
Asus GTX 970 4GB Turbo OC
TURBO-GTX970-OC-4GD5
Gainward(10B0 13C2) 2% 63% ± 3%
MSI(1462 3161) 2% 61% ± 11%
Gigabyte(1458 366A) 2% 68% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 13C2) 2% 61% ± 11%
Gigabyte(1458 3670) 2% 64% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 3979) 1% 65% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 3978) 1% 59% ± 15%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB FTW+ GAMING ACX 2.0+ w/BP
04G-P4-3978-KR
AmazonUS $4705 months
Gigabyte(1458 367B) 1% 66% ± 2%
Zotac(19DA 2370) 1% 66% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 3679) 1% 59% ± 2%
PNY(196E 1131) 1% 60% ± 3%
MSI(1462 3171) 1% 61% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 2977) 1% 67% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 3684) 1% 64% ± 2%
Nvidia(10DE 1116) 1% 50% ± 25%
Gigabyte(1458 366F) 1% 67% ± 1%
Sapphire(174B 1366) 1% 59% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 36E1) 1% 71% ± 4%
Asus(1043 852E) 1% 61% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 2972) 1% 62% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8509) 1% 58% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8664) 0% 59% ± 3%
Dell(1028 1131) 0% 59% ± 13%
Palit(1569 13C2) 0% 62% ± 3%
Asus(1043 850E) 0% 57% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 1972) 0% 65% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 1970) 0% 62% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3973) 0% 63% ± 0%
Asus(1043 851F) 0% 55% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36BC) 0% 58% ± 0%
Nvidia(10DE 1190) 0% 12% ± 0%
Asus(1043 8531) 0% 70% ± 0%
Nvidia(10DE 83BE) 0% 12% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1976) 0% 67% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3674) 0% 63% ± 0%
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Gaming
Gaming 63%
Destroyer
Desktop
Desktop 81%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 59%
Gunboat

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

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 76% - Very good Total price: $962

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 Comments

Added 4 years ago.

Poor (edit your comment) Add link

8 hrs ago.

very good

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


Good

13 hrs ago.

Older one, still valid for everything. No problems at all!


Good

4 days ago.

ew

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


Poor

3 days ago.

Easy to find and cheap on 2nd hand


Excellent

21 hrs ago.

Great overclocker. I run mine at 1570mhz, 4130memory. Runs everything at 1440p ultra and 4k (dsr) at 60-80fps

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

5 days ago.

150 FPS everytime i play something, don't need any more FPS

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 days ago.

Pika tchu flay

Comment 

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


Good

3 days ago.

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


Liked

1 month 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


Poor

1 month ago.

I have this one,but mines a ti :)


Poor

1 month ago.

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


Good

16 days ago.

Excellent performance and price!


Good

1 month ago.

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


Average

1 month ago.

3.5 GB stings, but it's still a good card.


Terrible

16 days ago.

I've used it for many years never let me down.


Good

19 days ago.

Used it myself, pretty awesome thing. It was stable almost all the times. BTW I'm selling it rn 200 euros. Call me: 0556-6942069420-FU Might not be available all the time. You may also get some nudes :)


Excellent

1 month ago.

i got it cheap, i am satisfied with this one, everything runs well. most of the mp games you are looking to adjust settings to low for better sight of enemy, so even more reason to no need to upgrade. SG games runs well in high/ultra


Excellent

9 days ago.

2efde


Excellent

29 days ago.

Btw, why it says "Liked (edit your comment)"..? after months... no fix.


Excellent

1 day ago.

Alta grafica papá. me juego a todos los jueguitos en alto


Excellent

3 months ago.

Great! runs Fortnite at 120 fps with max configuration


Liked

1 month 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

2 months ago.

got it for a cheap price and it runs very well


Good

1 month ago.

Got this card 5 years ago and guess what, today it still beats 1060 3g


Excellent

6 days ago.

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


Excellent

11 months ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.


Good

4 months ago.

The most awesome graphic card in the entire universe and beyond


Terrible

16 months ago.

very high price & low energy efficiency


Good

16 months ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

Very nice Card...


Poor

19 months ago.

I give this card a 3.5/4


Excellent

2 years ago.

Price to performance.


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.


Very good

2 years 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

15 months ago.

Just 3,5 GB VRAM.


Good

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

19 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

2 years ago.

Decent bang for the buck gpu.


Good

10 months ago.

it's not bad for the value


Excellent

8 months 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.


Excellent

3 months ago.

It's dying, but still getting 60fps in SWBFII 1080p high with a crappy FX-6300


Excellent

2 months ago.

Terrific value, excellent for gaming at 1080p 60Hz.


Very good

3 years ago.

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


Outstanding

3 years ago.

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


Excellent

16 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

3 years ago.

Very Good GPU For 1080P Gaming


Good

16 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. . .


Excellent

4 months ago.

served extremely well for the past 3 years


Excellent

27 days ago.

Great performance especially for it's price and the overclockablilty is god like. Was averaging an extra 10-15 fps when overclocked. Will handle nearly all games on ultra.


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