NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Benchmark

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 GPU benchmark, specs and release date - 4 GB NVIDIA Graphics card rating. How good is the GeForce GTX 970 for gaming?

GPU Benchmark Score

23 %
Average score from 26 samples
Low uncertainty
103rd of 531
22nd of 531
26 benchmarks

GPU benchmarks

Here are the performance results of this graphics card in both the hardwareDB Benchmark and other benchmark utilities. Synthetic tests are an estimation of real-world performance using consistent and repeatable benchmarks.

hardwareDB Benchmark

All tests were performed at 1920 x 1080 resolution

Flux Core

Volumetric ray casting test, a computationally expensive method of rendering high-quality scenes

93 FPS average
67 FPS 10% low
61 FPS 1% low


Randomly generated noise sphere test

71 FPS average
70 FPS 10% low
67 FPS 1% low


Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

64 FPS average
51 FPS 10% low
47 FPS 1% low


Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

58 FPS average
55 FPS 10% low
50 FPS 1% low

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Alternative benchmarks

Here are some benchmark results using alternative testing software

Geekbench (CUDA)

Geekbench (CUDA)

CUDA compute benchmark

Geekbench (Metal)

Geekbench (Metal)

Metal compute benchmark

Geekbench (OpenCL)

Geekbench (OpenCL)

OpenCL compute benchmark

Geekbench (Vulkan)

Geekbench (Vulkan)

Vulkan compute benchmark

3DMark Graphics

3DMark Graphics

High-end graphics benchmark


Compare these benchmarks and specs using our GPU Comparison Tool

GPU Comparison

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 compared against popular alternatives. Compare against more GPUs with our GPU Comparison Tool.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
65 %
AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT
53 %
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060
51 %
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
48 %
AMD Radeon RX 6600
43 %
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050
35 %
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
23 %


Core Clock 1050 MHz
Boost Clock 1178 MHz
Memory Type GDDR5
Memory Size 4 GiB
Bus Width 256 bit
Memory Bandwidth 219.14 GB/s
TDP 145 W
Floating Point Performance 3.92 TFLOP/s
Release Date 2014-09-19
PCIe Revision 3
DirectX Support 12
OpenGL Support 4.5
Pixel Rate 65.97 Gigapixels/s
Texture Rate 122.5 Gigatexels/s
Shading Units 1664
Texture Mapping Units 104
Render Output Processors 56

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

The GeForce GTX 970 is a GPU from NVIDIA released in 2014. This chip has an average gaming score at 23% in our GPU benchmark.

The GeForce GTX 970 has 4 GiB of GDDR5 memory, with a total memory bandwidth of 219 GB/s. The memory bus has a width of 256 bits. If you plan on gaming at higher resolutions with higher quality textures, more memory is important. Without enough memory, performance will be degraded.

In terms of clock speed, the GeForce GTX 970 GPU core runs at a frequency of 1050 MHz and if power and temperature permits, it can boost up to 1178 MHz. The clock runs at a speed called the clock speed. It dictates the number of updates per second that the GPU can process. Overclocking a chip, which means increasing the clock speed will improve the performance. However, thermals and power efficiency may be diminished.

As for rendering API support, the GeForce GTX 970 supports up to DirectX 12. In addition, in cross-platform titles, OpenGL 4.5 features are supported. Newer APIs are usually more efficient, allowing for better performance in games and better graphical effects.

This chip has a Thermal Design Power of 145W: the total amount of waste heat generated. A card that runs hotter will need better cooling and will draw more power from the wall.

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