Average Bench: 62.8% (56th of 613)

Based on 433,580 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 37.2% 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) 191fps
Avg. NBody particle system (Galaxy) 182fps

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 970 is just 17.6%. 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) 173fps
Avg. Force Splatted Flocking (Swarm) 122fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 433,580 samples)
Min Avg Max
150 Lighting 191 218
144 Reflection 173 196
155 Parallax 192 219
59.2% 185 fps
Min Avg Max
132 MRender 149 169
159 Gravity 182 203
95.6 Splatting 122 140
65.4% 151 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
Gigabyte(1458 367B) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1519 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 398.11
Lighting 215
Reflection 182
Parallax 200
65% 199 fps
MRender 145
Gravity 193
Splatting 137
68% 158 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 425.31
Lighting 182
Reflection 176
Parallax 192
57% 183 fps
MRender 154
Gravity 177
Splatting 124
65% 152 fps
Nvidia(10DE 13C2) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 419.35
Lighting 179
Reflection 168
Parallax 201
58% 182 fps
MRender 148
Gravity 172
Splatting 116
63% 145 fps
CLim: 949 MHz, MLim: 1502 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 425.31
Lighting 127
Reflection 106
Parallax 123
39% 119 fps
MRender 108
Gravity 117
Splatting 75.8
44% 100 fps
433,580 MORE »

 Game FPS Estimates

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

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: 156 fps Fortnite: 92 fps PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds: 63 fps Grand Theft Auto V: 53 fps League of Legends: 159 fps Overwatch: 97 fps Battlefield 1: 62 fps The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: 49 fps DOTA 2: 122 fps World of Warcraft: 64 fps World of Tanks: 98 fps Minecraft: 203 fps

 Market Share (See Leaders)

The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 17,046,372 GPUs tested.

 Popular Cards

Based on statistics from 433,580 user benchmarks.

Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $330 @ launch in Sep '14)
MSI(1462 3160) 24% 64% ± 6%
MSI GTX 970 4GB Gaming
GTX 970 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8508) 16% 62% ± 7%
ASUS GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC
STRIX-GTX970-DC20C-4GD5
Gigabyte(1458 367A) 6% 64% ± 12%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB G1 Gaming
GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD
NeweggUS $37416 months
AmazonUS $3995 months
OutletPCUS $4282 years
Nvidia(10DE 1131) 5% 63% ± 6%
EVGA(3842 2974) 5% 63% ± 4%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB Super Clocked ACX 2.0
04G-P4-2974-KR
AmazonUS $46033 mins
Gigabyte(1458 366A) 4% 68% ± 4%
Asus(1043 853F) 4% 60% ± 4%
Asus GTX 970 4GB Turbo OC
TURBO-GTX970-OC-4GD5
EVGA(3842 3975) 4% 64% ± 10%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3975-KR
MSI(1462 3161) 3% 65% ± 7%
Gigabyte(1458 3683) 3% 65% ± 5%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB OC Windforce
GV-N970WF3OC-4GD
Zotac(19DA 1366) 3% 61% ± 3%
Zotac GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card
ZT-90101-10P
OutletPCUS $5032 years
Gigabyte(1458 367B) 2% 67% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 2978) 2% 65% ± 3%
Nvidia(10DE 1116) 2% 57% ± 10%
Nvidia(10DE 13C2) 1% 61% ± 5%
Gigabyte(1458 3670) 1% 65% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2972) 1% 59% ± 5%
Asus(1043 8509) 1% 60% ± 6%
EVGA(3842 3979) 1% 58% ± 16%
Gigabyte(1458 3679) 1% 59% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 36E1) 1% 64% ± 6%
Sapphire(174B 1366) 1% 61% ± 6%
MSI(1462 3171) 1% 63% ± 5%
EVGA(3842 2977) 1% 66% ± 1%
Elitegroup(1019 1029) 1% 60% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 366F) 1% 66% ± 4%
EVGA(3842 1972) 1% 60% ± 8%
Asus(1043 8664) 1% 60% ± 3%
Gainward(10B0 13C2) 1% 55% ± 17%
Device(0000 0000) 1% 37% ± 32%
Zotac(19DA 2370) 1% 66% ± 3%
Gigabyte(1458 3682) 0% 58% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36BC) 0% 59% ± 1%
PNY(196E 1131) 0% 48% ± 22%
EVGA(3842 3978) 0% 67% ± 2%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB FTW+ GAMING ACX 2.0+ w/BP
04G-P4-3978-KR
AmazonUS $47010 months
Gigabyte(1458 3684) 0% 61% ± 2%
Asus(1043 851A) 0% 61% ± 1%
Asus(1043 850E) 0% 61% ± 2%
Asus(1043 852E) 0% 62% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 1970) 0% 62% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2976) 0% 62% ± 0%
Dell(1028 1131) 0% 60% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1976) 0% 65% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3671) 0% 62% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3973) 0% 65% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 0972) 0% 56% ± 0%
Device(7377 0000) 0% 64% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 368A) 0% 59% ± 0%
Palit(1569 13C2) 0% 62% ± 0%
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Gaming
Gaming 62%
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: $969

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 Comments

Added 4 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

17 hrs ago.

Bought mine used for $120, I'm able to run all my games at highest settings. Perfect bang-for-your-buck VR card.

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


Excellent

1 day ago.

the gtx 970 was always faithful to serving


Excellent

3 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

13 hrs ago.

very good


Good

3 days ago.

Own it, still using it, going strong in most game, newer games arent as good, but with good cpu and memory it still perform pretty well

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


Poor

2 days ago.

long time i have it and still no lag or anything that will make change graphic card 970 gtx

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."


Liked

12 days ago.

Comment 

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


Excellent

11 days ago.

I have it from 3 years and it still has no problem with new games, mostly on ultra graphics, like Apex, R6, War Thunder. I have no reason to change it


Disliked

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


Good

3 days ago.

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


Terrible

30 days ago.

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


Poor

5 days ago.

Excellent performance and price!


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Poor

4 days ago.

kutkaart


Poor

9 days ago.

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


Excellent

17 days ago.

'pdisygop0[sw


Poor

1 month ago.

Loved it for 3 years like a son


Good

2 months 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

5 months 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


Good

3 months ago.

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


Good

2 months ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

+++


Excellent

7 months ago.

Great! runs Fortnite at 120 fps with max configuration


Good

1 month ago.

got it for a cheap price and it runs very well


Excellent

22 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


Excellent

2 months ago.

owned it for years now, still works perfectly


Good

29 days ago.

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


Excellent

2 months ago.

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


Excellent

15 months ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.


Excellent

2 months ago.

fps for cs go hits around 230-250


Excellent

3 months ago.

The most awesome graphic card in the entire universe and beyond


Poor

2 months ago.

too expensive


Terrible

20 months ago.

very high price & low energy efficiency


Good

20 months ago.

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


Terrible

26 days ago.

How can anyone give the GTX 970 a good rating?! Nvidia totally screwed everyone over and lied about the specifications and performance of this card... and they were sued for it! It may have 4GB of GDDR5 memory, but due to the way the memory controller works (in layman's terms), only 3.5GB of the memory will operate at GDDR5 speeds. The remaining 0.5GB operates significantly slower and can cause stuttering if/when a game requires more than 3.5GB of VRAM. Additionally, Nvidia lied about the ROPs count, with the GTX 970 only capable of 56, not 64 as advertised. This is just the kind of thing Nvidia does, and people (like sheep) still by their products. And that is why we have the exorbitantly, ludicrously priced RTX 2080 Ti, because Nvidia knows that there are a lot of non-enthusiast idiots with enough money that will blindly buy whatever they want to sell them.


Excellent

3 years ago.

Very nice Card...


Poor

23 months ago.

I give this card a 3.5/4


Good

1 month ago.

Do NOT buy this GPU brand new in 2019, you are wasting a lot of money. There are plenty of these on the used market that you can get for $70-$80. They still solid GPU's for 2019, they are equal to a GTX 1060 3GB/6GB.


Excellent

2 years ago.

Price to performance.


Excellent

3 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

19 months ago.

Just 3,5 GB VRAM.


Good

3 years ago.

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


Poor

1 month ago.

it's not bad for the value


Excellent

23 months ago.

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


Good

3 years ago.

MSI Gaming


Outstanding

3 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.


Excellent

12 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

7 months ago.

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


Excellent

6 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

20 months ago.

buen precio y rendimiento y bajo consumo


Excellent

4 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

4 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

20 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

8 months ago.

served extremely well for the past 3 years


Excellent

5 months 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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