NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

Compare NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6 GB vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 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

76 %
105% significantly better overall score
37 %

Flux Core frame rate

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

100 FPS
60 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate
41 FPS

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

65 FPS
31 FPS significantly higher Electron frame rate
33 FPS

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

68 FPS
39 FPS significantly higher City frame rate
29 FPS

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

47 FPS
21 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate
27 FPS

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (CUDA) score

CUDA compute benchmark

78,091
201% significantly higher Geekbench (CUDA) score
25,908

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

70,754
142% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score
29,153

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

60,775
78% significantly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score
34,107

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

7,528
106% significantly higher 3DMark Graphics score
3,647

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,365 MHz
30% slightly higher core clock speed
1,050 MHz

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,680 MHz
42% slightly higher boost clock speed
1,178 MHz

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

6 GiB
49% significantly more memory
4 GiB

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

192 Bit
256 Bit
33% slightly larger memory bus width

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

336 GB/s
49% significantly higher memory bandwidth
224 GB/s

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

160 W
145 W
10% slightly lower TDP

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

81 Gigapixels/s
22% slightly higher pixel rate
66 Gigapixels/s

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

202 Gigatexels/s
64% significantly higher texture rate
123 Gigatexels/s

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

6 TFLOPS
64% significantly better floating point performance
4 TFLOPS

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

1,920
15% slightly more shading units
1,664

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

120
15% slightly more texture mapping units
104

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

48
56
16% slightly more render output processors

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

44th of 526
99th of 526

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

January 2019
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Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

GDDR6
GDDR5

DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported

12.0
12.0

OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported

4.6
4.5

GeForce RTX 2060 vs GeForce GTX 970 benchmarks

For gaming, the GeForce RTX 2060 graphics card is better than the GeForce GTX 970 in our tests.

The GeForce RTX 2060 has a slightly higher core clock speed. The core clock speed (or base speed) is the frequency at which the GPU core runs. This metric makes sense when comparing GPUs of a similar architecture or generation. In addition, the GeForce RTX 2060 also has a slightly higher boost clock speed: the maximum frequency the chip can reach if power delivery and thermals allow.

Next up, in terms of GPU memory, the GeForce RTX 2060 has significantly more memory with 6 GiB of memory compared to 4 GiB. Lots of memory is good when playing at high resolutions or with many monitors.

In addition, the GeForce GTX 970 has a slightly lower TDP at 145 W when compared to the GeForce RTX 2060 at 160 W. TDP (Thermal Design Power) measures total heat output from the chip.

In terms of raw gaming performance in our GPU benchmark, the GeForce RTX 2060 is better than the GeForce GTX 970.

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