NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

Compare NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 4 GB vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8 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 %
107 %
189% significantly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

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

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

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

33 FPS
78 FPS
44 FPS significantly higher Electron frame rate

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

29 FPS
112 FPS
83 FPS significantly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

27 FPS
60 FPS
33 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (CUDA) score

CUDA compute benchmark

395% significantly higher Geekbench (CUDA) score

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

312% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

179% significantly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

220% significantly higher 3DMark Graphics score


Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,050 MHz
1,410 MHz
34% slightly higher core clock speed

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,178 MHz
1,665 MHz
41% slightly higher boost clock speed


Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

4 GiB
8 GiB
100% significantly more memory

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

256 Bit
256 Bit

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

224 GB/s
448 GB/s
99% significantly higher memory bandwidth


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

145 W
37% slightly lower TDP
200 W

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

66 Gigapixels/s
133 Gigapixels/s
101% significantly higher pixel rate

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

123 Gigatexels/s
253 Gigatexels/s
106% significantly higher texture rate

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

313% significantly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

192% significantly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

46% significantly more texture mapping units

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

42% much more render output processors

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

99th of 526
20th of 526

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

December 2020

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported


OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported


GeForce GTX 970 vs GeForce RTX 3060 Ti comparison

For gaming, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti graphics card is better than the GeForce GTX 970 in our tests.

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 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 Ti also has a slightly higher boost clock speed: the maximum frequency the chip can reach if power delivery and thermals allow.

Furthermore, the spec sheet for both these GPUs show that the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti has significantly more memory with 8 GiB of memory compared to 4 GiB. Memory size doesn't directly affect performance, but too little memory will certainly degrade gaming performance.

In addition, the GeForce GTX 970 has a slightly lower TDP at 145 W when compared to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti at 200 W. This is not a measure of performance, but rather the amount of heat generated by the chip when running at its highest speed.

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


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