NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop

Compare NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4 GB vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop 4 GB, specs and GPU benchmark score. Which is the better graphics card for the money?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

23 %
26 %
13% slightly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

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

45 FPS
63 FPS
18 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

34 FPS
2 FPS slightly higher Electron frame rate
32 FPS

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

31 FPS
44 FPS
14 FPS significantly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

28 FPS
3 FPS slightly higher Clouds frame rate
25 FPS

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (CUDA) score

Geekbench (CUDA) score

CUDA compute benchmark

25908
58544
125% significantly higher Geekbench (CUDA) score
Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

29153
55123
89% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score
Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

34107
47251
38% slightly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1050 MHz
1238 MHz
17% slightly higher core clock speed

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1178 MHz
1500 MHz
27% slightly higher boost clock speed

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

4 GiB
Identical
4 GiB

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

256 Bit
100% significantly larger memory bus width
128 Bit

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

102nd of 531
89th of 531

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

September 2014
May 2021

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

GDDR5
GDDR6

DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported

12.0
12.0

OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported

4.5
4.6

GeForce GTX 970 vs GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop specs and performance

In our benchmarks, the GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop beats the GeForce GTX 970 in gaming performance.

The GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop has a slightly higher core clock speed. This is the frequency at which the graphics core is running at. While not necessarily an indicator of overall performance, this metric can be useful when comparing two GPUs based on the same architecture. In addition, the GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop also has a slightly higher boost clock speed. This is a frequency that can be reached if the GPU is cooled sufficiently and has enough power.

As stated by the manufacturer, they both have the same amount of memory at 4 GiB. Memory size doesn't directly affect performance, but too little memory will certainly degrade gaming performance.

According to the results of the hardwareDB benchmark utility, the GeForce RTX 3050 Laptop is faster than the GeForce GTX 970.

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