Average Bench: 51.7% (79th of 651)

Based on 625,424 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]

Average average bench

The Nvidia GTX 970 averaged 48.2% 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) 64.1fps
Avg. Render target array GShader (Sphere) 72fps

Very good consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the Nvidia GTX 970 is just 13%. This is a relatively narrow range which indicates that the Nvidia GTX 970 performs reasonably consistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Parallax occlusion mapping (Stones) 61.3fps
Avg. Force Splatted Flocking (Swarm) 53.6fps
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Average Bench

(Based on 625,424 samples)
Min Avg Max
54.4 Lighting 64.1 72.1
58.7 Reflection 67.3 74.7
53.8 Parallax 61.3 68.6
53% 64.2 fps
Min Avg Max
66 MRender 72 77.7
54.3 Gravity 61.3 67.4
49.5 Splatting 53.6 59.9
41.6% 62.3 fps
User Benchmarks Bench 3D DX9 3D DX10 3D DX11
The fastest GPU (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 457.30
Lighting 66.1
Reflection 71.6
Parallax 64.5
55% 67.4 fps
MRender 70
Gravity 65.2
Splatting 56.1
41% 63.8 fps
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 456.71
Lighting 65.3
Reflection 70.9
Parallax 63.1
54% 66.4 fps
MRender 66.6
Gravity 66.1
Splatting 57.5
39% 63.4 fps
EVGA(3842 2978) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1531 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 432.00
Lighting 61.1
Reflection 73.7
Parallax 64
51% 66.3 fps
MRender 68.7
Gravity 63.4
Splatting 60.1
40% 64.1 fps
CLim: 1455 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 441.66
Lighting 57.3
Reflection 68.9
Parallax 67.8
48% 64.7 fps
MRender 68.1
Gravity 58.9
Splatting 54.2
40% 60.4 fps
Asus(1043 8509) ≥ 4GB
CLim: 1392 MHz, MLim: 1752 MHz, Ram: 4GB, Driver: 457.30
Lighting 55.9
Reflection 67.9
Parallax 59.8
47% 61.2 fps
MRender 68.5
Gravity 57.6
Splatting 53.4
40% 59.8 fps
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 35,952,525 GPUs tested.

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Hardware Id Samples Bench ± SD Model / Price (Approx. $330 @ launch in Sep '14)
MSI(1462 3160) 26% 53% ± 3%
MSI GTX 970 4GB Gaming
GTX 970 GAMING 4G
Asus(1043 8508) 17% 50% ± 3%
ASUS GTX 970 4GB STRIX OC
STRIX-GTX970-DC20C-4GD5
Gigabyte(1458 367A) 5% 56% ± 4%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB G1 Gaming
GV-N970G1 GAMING-4GD
AmazonUS $3401 month
OutletPCUS $4284 years
EVGA(3842 2974) 5% 52% ± 3%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB Super Clocked ACX 2.0
04G-P4-2974-KR
AmazonUS $46015 months
Zotac(19DA 1366) 5% 48% ± 2%
Zotac GTX 970 4GB Graphics Card
ZT-90101-10P
OutletPCUS $5033 years
EVGA(3842 3975) 4% 55% ± 3%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB SSC ACX 2.0+
04G-P4-3975-KR
Nvidia(10DE 1131) 4% 51% ± 5%
Gigabyte(1458 3683) 3% 53% ± 5%
Gigabyte GTX 970 4GB OC Windforce
GV-N970WF3OC-4GD
Gigabyte(1458 367B) 2% 55% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 366A) 2% 57% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 3679) 2% 44% ± 3%
Nvidia(10DE 13C2) 2% 51% ± 4%
Asus(1043 853F) 2% 48% ± 3%
Asus GTX 970 4GB Turbo OC
TURBO-GTX970-OC-4GD5
MSI(1462 3161) 1% 55% ± 2%
Gigabyte(1458 3670) 1% 53% ± 2%
Asus(1043 8664) 1% 50% ± 3%
Gainward(10B0 13C2) 1% 50% ± 3%
PNY(196E 1131) 1% 49% ± 4%
Gigabyte(1458 3684) 1% 53% ± 1%
Nvidia(10DE 1116) 1% 51% ± 6%
EVGA(3842 1972) 1% 53% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 3973) 1% 49% ± 5%
Gigabyte(1458 36BC) 1% 45% ± 2%
MSI(1462 3171) 1% 49% ± 2%
EVGA(3842 2978) 1% 54% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 3979) 1% 53% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 3978) 1% 56% ± 0%
EVGA GTX 970 4GB FTW+ GAMING ACX 2.0+ w/BP
04G-P4-3978-KR
AmazonUS $4702 years
Sapphire(174B 1366) 1% 48% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3682) 1% 45% ± 1%
Gigabyte(1458 366F) 1% 58% ± 0%
Dell(1028 1131) 1% 47% ± 3%
Device(1B0A 90F0) 1% 49% ± 1%
Zotac(19DA 2370) 1% 53% ± 3%
EVGA(3842 1970) 0% 51% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 2976) 0% 50% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8509) 0% 45% ± 1%
Asus(1043 8540) 0% 48% ± 1%
EVGA(3842 0974) 0% 52% ± 1%
Asus(1043 852E) 0% 51% ± 4%
EVGA(3842 2972) 0% 49% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 2977) 0% 50% ± 0%
Asus(1043 851A) 0% 50% ± 0%
Elitegroup(1019 1029) 0% 48% ± 0%
Asus(1043 850E) 0% 48% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 3674) 0% 52% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 1976) 0% 53% ± 0%
Device(107D 2762) 0% 55% ± 0%
EVGA(3842 4975) 0% 56% ± 0%
Zotac(19DA 1368) 0% 58% ± 0%
Gigabyte(1458 36E1) 0% 58% ± 0%
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Gaming
Gaming 46%
Yacht
Desktop
Desktop 88%
Aircraft carrier
Workstation
Workstation 40%
Jet ski

Motherboard: MSI Z97 GAMING 5 (MS-7917)

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 54% - Above average Total price: $758

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 Comments

Added 6 years ago.

Excellent (edit your comment) Add link

18 hrs ago.

It is great for many modern/old games like rust and Minecraft

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

3 days ago.

180 fps at 720p lowest

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.

I bought this card 5 years ago and it still runs the highest settings in most games without any issue.


Excellent

1 day ago.

BETTER THAN GTX 1650 AND RX 570


Good

2 months ago.

So cool GPU i never forget it. After my GTX 650 it how heaven and earth


Terrible

1 day ago.

better value for the price unless you buy msrp but who does that in 2020?

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

1 day ago.

tro bien

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."


Poor

2 month ago.

awesome, i bought it in 2014...and it's still good enough till today.

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 month ago.

2020 e essa placa roda tudo!! maravilhosaaa

Comment 

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


Excellent

2 days ago.

still in this day 2020 15 june is very good


Good

5 days ago.

way better than gtx 950. If 950 gives 65 fps in GTA 5 , the gtx 970 gives around 90 to 120. But the 960 and 950 r budget beasts


Excellent

25 days ago.

It is a steadily performing card that achieves all performance goals it was designed for. Also, very good at overclocking.


Good

4 days ago.

been using it since early 2016. gets you good performance for all games at high-ultra at 1080p@60-80Hz. been waiting for an upgrade for few years but with the 970 it never feels necessary. unless you're looking for 4k or 144Hz gaming, the 970 does the job with approximately the same performance as the 1060 6gb


Good

12 days ago.

its has good performance its ok


Good

6 days ago.

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


Excellent

23 days ago.

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


Poor

2 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

20 hrs ago.

Loved it for 3 years like a son


Good

8 days ago.

Still using in 2020 and i love it!


Poor

16 hrs 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

1 month ago.

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


Excellent

4 months ago.

Great! runs Fortnite at 120 fps with max configuration


Good

10 days ago.

6 years gpu in 2020 IS A BEAAAAST


Good

4 days ago.

lol

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

7 days ago.

owned it for years now, still works perfectly


Good

1 month ago.

userbenchmark has the big gaeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee


Excellent

5 years ago.


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Good

5 months ago.

good cuz can play anything with a low price


Excellent

22 months ago.

The most awesome graphic card in the entire universe and beyond


Good

3 years ago.

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


Terrible

3 years ago.

very high price & low energy efficiency


Good

4 months ago.

good mid range maxwell, killed at 2016 by gtx 1060 6gb. but at 2020 run well some games , run at high rage 2 too


Average

18 months ago.

Friends still buy this.


Terrible

17 months ago.

The GTX 970 was a value breaker when it released, but now in 2019, not only does it perform very poorly, it also has some hidden things, such as that it only has 3.5 Gb of GDDR5 VRAM, which means you will get insane stuttering if you push the load above 3,5 Gb, also a 1070 is 50 % faster. I would reccomend disabling 512 MB of vram on the GPU so you don't experience the stuttering issues. Along with other problems.


Good

13 months ago.

Just good card.


Good

12 months ago.

This card can easly handle 1080p gaming at high to even ultra settings.


Poor

3 years ago.

I give this card a 3.5/4


Excellent

5 years ago.

Very nice Card...


Excellent

11 months ago.

This is my first ever GPU, that I bought for $76 two weeks ago! Was going to go for the rx 570 but I saw this! It's faster than the rx 570 and cheaper! I am quite pleased with this card.


Good

19 months 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

4 years ago.

Price to performance.


Excellent

4 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

19 months ago.

it's not bad for the value


Very good

4 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

3 years ago.

Just 3,5 GB VRAM.


Good

4 years ago.

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


Excellent

3 years ago.

buen precio y rendimiento y bajo consumo


Excellent

3 years ago.

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


Good

12 months ago.

mmmh, a few years befor nice FHD fps; out of stock... low noise; RAM ok... tools ok but afterburner are the best today too!


Excellent

7 months ago.

basically i have the GTX 970 Gigabyte MINI-ITX OC so nothing wow i gimped over a 1 year on purpose through bios because the damn thing have the black screen issue randomly in games so why 5 stars? when it works it's a beast but took so much time to fix the issue maybe some others still struggle with this issue i feel the urge to help poor fellows. *undervolt to 1.050v from 1.212v* *set to both core clock and boost clock to 1177.5* * set memory clock to 3061* now if everything it's fixed after few heavy game you can start to overclock LOL *MSI AFTER BURNER i have +100 core clock +940 Memory Clock try lower for memory, i have ASIC 74 AND SAMSUNG MEMORY* *final result: CORE CLOCK 1278mhz without any downclocks ; Memory Clock 8000MHZ ***PS: CHANGE THERMAL PASTE it's a 6 year old graphic card mine went from 74c to 60c with Arctic AC MX-4 so a cheap paste


Good

4 years ago.

MSI Gaming


Outstanding

4 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

4 years ago.

Decent bang for the buck gpu.


Excellent

2 years 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

2 years ago.

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


Excellent

2 years ago.

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


Good

5 months ago.

Still does a great job at 1080p gaming in 2020. And you can always get some extra frames by overclocking.


Very good

5 years ago.

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


Outstanding

4 years ago.

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


Good

15 months ago.

Had mine for a few years. Pretty good.


Excellent

5 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

5 years ago.

Thanx for all the info


Very good

5 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

4 years ago.

Very Good GPU For 1080P Gaming


Excellent

6 months ago.

what to say anymore. If price performance and watt/performance ratio is perfect . . . A good thing to buy! for Full-Hd


Excellent

2 years ago.

served extremely well for the past 3 years


Excellent

23 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.


Excellent

7 months ago.

Best graphic card I have ever had. 5 years of service, always 1080p MAX settings. Great!


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