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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 is a high end desktop graphics card based on the Maxwell architecture. As the faster GTX 980, the GTX 970 uses the GM204 chip, but with reduced shaders (2048 vs. 1664) and TMUs (128 vs 103). The graphics card is equipped with 4 GB GDDR5 (7 GHz effective). 3.5 GB of the 4 GB are connected with 224 Bit, the rest only with a 32 Bit interface. This can lead to some stuttering or reduced frame rates in games that use the full 4 GB. The similar named mobile GeForce GTX 970M is clearly slower as it features only 1280 shader cores.

Despite the unique memory configuration, the GTX 970 performs on average on par with the older GeForce GTX 780 Ti or a AMD Radeon R9 290X.

The GM204 supports CUDA, 3D Vision, PhysX, GeForce Experience, Surround, GameStream, GPU Boost 2.0, Adaptive Vertical Sync / G-SYNC, SLI, DSR, MFAA and Virtual Reality latency improvements.

The Maxwell architecture is very power efficient. While gaming, the card only uses as much power as the Radeon R9 285 which is more than 35% slower on average.

ManufacturerNVIDIA
GeForce GTX 900 Series
GeForce GTX 980 SLI (Laptop) (compare) 4096 @ 1126 - 1228 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 980 Ti (compare) 2816 @ 1000 - 1200 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980 (compare) 2048 @ 1126 - 1216 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 980 (Laptop) (compare) 2048 @ 1126 - 1228 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 970 1664 @ 1050 - 1178 (Boost) MHz224 + 32 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 960 (compare) 1024 @ 1127 - 1178 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 3500 MHz
GeForce GTX 950 (compare) 768 @ 1024 - 1188 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 3300 MHz
CodenameGM204
ArchitectureMaxwell
Pipelines1664 - unified
Core Speed1050 - 1178 (Boost) MHz
Memory Speed3500 MHz
Memory Bus Width224 + 32 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5
Max. Amount of Memory4096 MB
Shared Memoryno
DirectXDirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
Transistor Count5200 Million
technology28 nm
FeaturesCUDA, 3D Vision, PhysX, GeForce Experience, Surround, GameStream, GPU Boost 2.0, Adaptive Vertical Sync, G-SYNC, SLI
Date of Announcement19.09.2014
Link to Manufacturer Pagehttp://www.geforce.com/hardware/desktop-...

Benchmarks

3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
422295 Points (93%)
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 23657     avg: 25575     median: 25575 (52%)     max: 27493 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 71472     avg: 72819     median: 72819 (45%)     max: 74166 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 9399     avg: 9713.3     median: 9434 (40%)     max: 10307 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 11155     avg: 11801.7     median: 11954 (29%)     max: 12296 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 12033     avg: 13207     median: 13249 (46%)     max: 14339 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 15071     avg: 15780.3     median: 16033 (31%)     max: 16237 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 +
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 +
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 +
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit +
Cinebench R15
OpenGL 64Bit +
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 1920x1080 +
Power Consumption - FurMark 1.19 GPU Stress Test - Power Consumption (external Monitor) 1280x720 *
316 Watt (84%)
- Range of benchmark values for this graphics card
- Average benchmark values for this graphics card
* Smaller numbers mean a higher performance

Game Benchmarks

The following benchmarks stem from our benchmarks of review laptops. The performance depends on the used graphics memory, clock rate, processor, system settings, drivers, and operating systems. So the results don't have to be representative for all laptops with this GPU. For detailled information on the benchmark results, click on the fps number.

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds
ultra 1920x1080
52.1  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
17.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Dirt 4

Dirt 4

2017
ultra 1920x1080
46.5  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
28.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Rocket League
high 1920x1080
126  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
60.8  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Mass Effect Andromeda
high 1920x1080
56.9  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
50.5  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
20.2  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Ghost Recon Wildlands
low 1280x720
138  fps    + Compare
med. 1920x1080
70.5  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
64.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
33.8  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
22.1  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
For Honor

For Honor

2017
3840x2160
31.8  fps    + Compare
Additional Benchmarks
Extreme Preset 16xAF TAA 3840x2160
21.8
Resident Evil 7
ultra 1920x1080
88  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
30.7  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Watch Dogs 2
high 1920x1080
65.5  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
34.8  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
23.3  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings high.
Dishonored 2
low 1280x720
106  fps    + Compare
med. 1366x768
100  fps    + Compare
high 1920x1080
60  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
57  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
28.5  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.
Call of Duty Infinite Warfare
high 1920x1080
92  fps    + Compare
ultra 1920x1080
87  fps    + Compare
3840x2160
32.6  fps    + Compare
» With all tested laptops playable in detail settings ultra.