NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

Compare NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4 GB vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 12 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

37 %
79 %
113% significantly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

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

41 FPS
109 FPS
68 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

33 FPS
57 FPS
24 FPS significantly higher Electron frame rate

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

29 FPS
80 FPS
51 FPS significantly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

27 FPS
44 FPS
18 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (CUDA) score

CUDA compute benchmark

25,908
99,213
282% significantly higher Geekbench (CUDA) score

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

29,153
96,416
230% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

34,107
74,845
119% significantly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

3,647
8,766
140% significantly higher 3DMark Graphics score

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,050 MHz
1,320 MHz
25% slightly higher core clock speed

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,178 MHz
1,777 MHz
50% significantly higher boost clock speed

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

4 GiB
12 GiB
200% significantly more memory

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

256 Bit
33% slightly larger memory bus width
192 Bit

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

224 GB/s
360 GB/s
60% significantly higher memory bandwidth

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

145 W
17% slightly lower TDP
170 W

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

66 Gigapixels/s
85 Gigapixels/s
29% slightly higher pixel rate

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

123 Gigatexels/s
199 Gigatexels/s
62% significantly higher texture rate

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

4 TFLOPS
13 TFLOPS
224% significantly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

1,664
3,584
115% significantly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

104
112
7% slightly more texture mapping units

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

56
16% slightly more render output processors
48

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

99th of 526
39th of 526

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

-
January 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 3060 specs and performance

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark, the GeForce RTX 3060 GPU is faster than the GeForce GTX 970 in gaming.

In our comparison the GeForce RTX 3060 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 3060 also has a significantly higher boost clock speed. This is a frequency that can be reached if the GPU is cooled sufficiently and has enough power.

Furthermore, the spec sheet for both these GPUs show that the GeForce RTX 3060 has significantly more memory with 12 GiB of memory compared to 4 GiB. If you're planning at playing games at high resolutions with high-quality textures, you will need a lot of memory.

In addition, the GeForce GTX 970 has a slightly lower TDP at 145 W when compared to the GeForce RTX 3060 at 170 W. TDP (Thermal Design Power) measures total heat output from the chip.

In conclusion, all specs and GPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the GeForce RTX 3060 over the GeForce GTX 970.

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GPU rating

Our overall benchmark score measures CPU performance in gaming and compute scenarios.

Graphics card specifications

Core Clock speed and Boost clock speed directly influence gaming performance, typically the higher, the better. When thermals and power delivery allow, the GPU will raise its core clock to the boost clock for even more performance. A higher core clock speed may cause a higher TDP, however.

Memory is important for high resolutions and high resolution textures in games, if you're gaming at 4K or even 8K lots of memory is required. Too little memory may result in stuttering as the GPU tries to swap and fit everything in memory.

Memory bandwidth relates to the speed at which the GPU memory can be accessed. Higher speed is better as the graphics card won't need to wait for memory access before rendering a frame to the screen.

The memory bus width doesn't directly impact performance but, it the memory bandwidth. It measures how much data can be sent at one to and from the memory.

TDP (Thermal Design Power) is a measurement of how much energy is lost as heat when a GPU is running. This has an impact on system temperatures. If temperatures get too high (typically around 100 °C or 200 °F), the GPU will lower its performance in order to prevent damage to the chip. Adequate cooling is essential for good performance. If you're comparing two laptop GPUs, you may take this into account when choosing between the two, since a cooler laptop generally runs faster for longer.

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