NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Review. Benchmark & Specs

It is time to review NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 benchmark performance. The base clock speed is 1050 MHz, whilst its speed in turbo boost and supplementary overclocking (maximum) is 1178 MHz.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 process technology is 28 nm that is a good result of the release date.

NVIDIA manufacture has equipped graphic chips with 224 GB/s bandwidth and 1050 MHz clock speed. NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 maximum memory is 4 GB.

We recommend you learn all technical specifications in separate sections for a common understanding and high-speed of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970.

General Information

Here is the release date, code name, core architecture, launch and current price. It is the general information to start learning NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970.

Place in performance rating: 90
Value for money (0-100): 27.18
Architecture: Maxwell 2.0
Code name: GM204
Type: Desktop
Release date: 19 September 2014
Launch price (MSRP): $329
Price now: $406

Technical Specifications

Here are key features that determine NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 performance in benchmarks and other apps. The higher the figures are, the better it is. Please pay attention to all the characteristics provided. For example, the clock frequency directly affects the high-speed, and processing data and performing calculations (e.g, for mining) depend on the number of transistors. Also, check the TDP figure, because modern graphics cards may require a powerful PSU.

Pipelines: 1664
Core clock speed: 1050 MHz
Boost Clock: 1178 MHz
Transistor count: 5,200 million
Manufacturing process technology: 28 nm
Power consumption (TDP): 148 Watt
Texture fill rate: 109 billion/sec
Floating-point performance: 3,920 gflops
Maximum GPU temperature: 98 °C
CUDA cores: 1664

Dimensions and Compatibility

Nowadays, it is very important to know the dimensions - length, width and height of a desktop graphics card - and understand which power connector is included in the package. Also, please pay attention to the PCIe interface.

Interface: PCIe 3.0 x16
Length: 10.5" (26.7 cm)
Supplementary power connectors: 2x 6-pins
SLI options: +
Recommended system power (PSU): 500 Watt
Bus support: PCI Express 3.0
Height: 4.376" (11.1 cm)

RAM Frequency and Speed

Graphics Card Ram is a key element in computing and data storage - type, size, clock frequency and bandwidth - that directly affect the speed of work in gaming and working apps, which are currently quite demanding on graphics card resources. Note please the memory standard. The higher it is, the better it is. Let's learn more about NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 video memory specifications.

Memory type: GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount: 4 GB
Memory bus width: 256 Bit
Memory clock speed: 7.0 GB/s
Memory bandwidth: 224 GB/s
Shared memory: -

Port and Display Support

In most cases, today all the problems connector compatibility can be solved with adapters or backwards-compatible cables such as HDMI / DVI. But, for general information, you learn below which ports are supported by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970.

Display Connectors: Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
G-SYNC support: +
Multi monitor support: 4 displays
HDCP: +
Maximum VGA resolution: 2048x1536
Audio input for HDMI: Internal

Technologies

Healthy competition drives progress, so each manufacturer tries to surprise its consumer with special technologies available in this graphics card. This can be useful in graphics or gaming apps.

3D Vision: +
GPU Boost: +
CUDA: +
GeForce Experience: +
Surround: +
Adaptive Vertical Sync: +
GameStream: +
GeForce ShadowPlay: +
GameWorks: +

API support

Here are general standards for DirectX and other unified complexes for the development of 3D images supported by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 .

DirectX: 12 (12_1)
OpenGL: 4.4

Overall NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 Gaming Performance

Find out to what extent NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 is suitable for gaming! We have compiled a database of popular games and their system requirements* that allows you to quickly and easily estimate its gaming performance at different screen resolutions. Graphics card gaming test is based on FPS. * There is a little margin error in the estimation of data.


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Doom Eternal (2020)
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Legend
5 Stutter – How graphics cards operate in the game is being examined for the time being. As per interpolation of the similar graphics cards showing low frame rates, the game is possible to lag.
May Stutter – How graphics cards operate in the game is being examined for the time being. As per interpolation of the similar graphics cards showing low frame rates, the game is possible to lag.
30 Fluent – In considering all graphics benchmarks, the game speed is likely to be 25 fps or more.
40 Fluent – In considering all graphics benchmarks, the game speed is likely to be 35 fps or more.
60 Fluent – In considering all graphics benchmarks, the game speed is likely to be 58 fps or more.
May Run Fluently – How graphics cards operate in the game is being examined for the time being. As per interpolation of the similar graphics cards showing low frame rates, the game is possible to lag.
? Uncertain – The graphics card testing has revealed a slower card might ensure a high and stable frame rate.
Uncertain – How graphics cards operate in the game is being examined for the time being. The interpolation in the same category is not possible.
The value depicts the average frame rate. Hovering over the value, you can get individual results.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 in Benchmarks

Let's sum up the review by comparing the benchmarks results of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 5 competitive models similar in technical specifications. The first block is the overall result for all benchmarks, then all the others, which this particular model was tested on. The higher the benchmark score, the faster a video card performs in graphics apps and modern games. If you have any additional questions, please leave them in the comments, we will definitely help!

Overall benchmark performance

4.2 Out of 388 CMPTEK score