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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

Graphics Processor
GM204
Cores
1664
TMUs
104
ROPs
56
Memory Size
4 GB
Memory Type
GDDR5
Bus Width
256 bit
The GeForce GTX 970 was a performance graphics card by NVIDIA, launched in September 2014. Built on the 28 nm process, and based on the GM204 graphics processor, in its GM204-200-A1 variant, the card supports DirectX 12.0. The GM204 graphics processor is a large chip with a die area of 398 mm² and 5,200 million transistors. Unlike the fully unlocked GeForce GTX 980, which uses the same GPU but has all 2048 shaders enabled, NVIDIA has disabled some shading units on the GeForce GTX 970 to reach the product's target shader count. It features 1664 shading units, 104 texture mapping units and 56 ROPs. NVIDIA has placed 4,096 MB GDDR5 memory on the card, which are connected using a 256-bit memory interface. The GPU is operating at a frequency of 1050 MHz, which can be boosted up to 1178 MHz, memory is running at 1753 MHz.
Being a dual-slot card, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 draws power from 2x 6-pin power connectors, with power draw rated at 148 W maximum. Display outputs include: 1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort. GeForce GTX 970 is connected to the rest of the system using a PCI-Express 3.0 x16 interface. The card measures 267 mm in length, and features a dual-slot cooling solution. Its price at launch was 329 US Dollars.

Graphics Processor

GPU Name
GM204
GPU Variant
GM204-200-A1
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
Foundry
TSMC
Process Size
28 nm
Transistors
5,200 million
Die Size
398 mm²

Graphics Card

Release Date
Sep 19th, 2014
Generation
GeForce 900
Production
End-of-life
Launch Price
329 USD
Bus Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16

Relative Performance

2%
GeForce 210
3%
GeForce 9400 GT
4%
Radeon HD 4550
5%
Radeon HD 5450
5%
Radeon HD 6450
6%
GeForce GT 520
7%
GeForce GT 220
9%
GeForce GT 430
9%
Radeon HD 5570
10%
Radeon HD 4670
10%
GeForce GT 440
11%
GeForce GT 240
12%
GeForce 9600 GT
13%
Radeon HD 5670
14%
GeForce GT 640
14%
GeForce 9800 GT
15%
Radeon HD 6670
16%
Radeon HD 4830
17%
Radeon HD 4770
17%
Radeon HD 4850
18%
GeForce GTS 250
18%
GeForce GTS 450
19%
Radeon HD 5750
22%
Radeon HD 7750
22%
Radeon HD 5770
22%
GeForce GTX 260
23%
Radeon HD 4870
23%
Radeon Vega 8
23%
GeForce GTX 550 Ti
23%
GeForce GTX 650
24%
Radeon HD 5830
26%
Radeon HD 6790
26%
Radeon HD 4890
27%
GeForce GTX 460
27%
Radeon RX Vega 11
28%
GeForce GT 1030
28%
GeForce GTX 275
28%
Radeon HD 7770 GHz Edition
28%
GeForce GTX 280
29%
GeForce GTX 465
30%
Radeon HD 6850
30%
GeForce GTX 285
33%
Radeon HD 5850
33%
Radeon HD 7790
33%
GeForce GTX 650 Ti
35%
Radeon RX 550
35%
GeForce GTX 470
36%
Radeon HD 6870
38%
Radeon HD 5870
40%
GeForce GTX 560 Ti
40%
Radeon HD 4870 X2
41%
GeForce GTX 750 Ti
41%
Radeon HD 6950
42%
GeForce GTX 295
43%
GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost
43%
Radeon HD 7850
44%
GeForce GTX 480
46%
Radeon HD 6970
47%
Radeon R7 265
47%
Radeon R7 370
47%
Radeon RX 560
48%
GeForce GTX 660
48%
GeForce GTX 570
52%
GeForce GTX 950
52%
Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition
53%
Radeon R9 270X
54%
GeForce GTX 660 Ti
54%
GeForce GTX 580
55%
GeForce GTX 1050
55%
Radeon HD 7950
56%
Radeon RX 460
56%
Radeon HD 5970
57%
GeForce GTX 760
62%
GeForce GTX 670
63%
GeForce GTX 960
65%
Radeon R9 380
65%
Radeon R9 285
66%
Radeon HD 7970
67%
GeForce GTX 680
68%
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
70%
GeForce GTX 770
72%
Radeon HD 6990
73%
Radeon R9 280X
74%
GeForce GTX 590
74%
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
82%
GeForce GTX 780
91%
Radeon RX 470
92%
Radeon R9 290
98%
Radeon R9 390
99%
Radeon R9 290X
100%
GeForce GTX 970
101%
GeForce GTX TITAN
102%
Radeon RX 570
103%
GeForce GTX 780 Ti
104%
Radeon R9 390X
105%
Radeon HD 7990
105%
Radeon RX 480
106%
GeForce GTX 690
112%
Radeon RX 580
114%
GeForce GTX 980
115%
Radeon R9 FURY
115%
GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
127%
Radeon R9 295X2
129%
Radeon R9 FURY X
131%
GeForce GTX 980 Ti
141%
GeForce GTX TITAN X
155%
GeForce GTX 1070
161%
Radeon RX Vega 56
173%
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
173%
Radeon RX Vega 64
182%
GeForce GTX 1080
204%
GeForce RTX 2070
214%
TITAN X Pascal
219%
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
239%
GeForce RTX 2080
272%
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
Based on TPU review data: "Performance Summary" at 1920x1080

Clock Speeds

GPU Clock
1050 MHz
Boost Clock
1178 MHz
Memory Clock
1753 MHz
7012 MHz effective

Memory

Memory Size
4 GB
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bus
256 bit
Bandwidth
224.4 GB/s

Render Config

Shading Units
1664
TMUs
104
ROPs
56
SMM Count
13

Theoretical Performance

Pixel Rate
65.97 GPixel/s
Texture Rate
122.5 GTexel/s
FP32 (float) performance
3,920 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance
122.5 GFLOPS (1:32)

Board Design

Slot Width
Dual-slot
Length
10.5 inches
267 mm
TDP
148 W
Outputs
1x DVI
1x HDMI
3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors
2x 6-pin
Board Number
PG401

Graphics Features

DirectX
12.0 (12_1)
OpenGL
4.6
OpenCL
1.2
Vulkan
1.1.95
CUDA
5.2
Shader Model
6.2

Card Notes

3584 MB + 512 MB
224 Bit + 32 Bit

GM204 GPU Notes

Codename: NV124
PureVideo HD: VP6
VDPAU: Feature Set E

Retail boards based on this design (78)

Name GPU Clock Boost Clock Memory Clock Other Changes
ASUS DRAGON GTX 970 DirectCU II TOP 1253 MHz 1355 MHz 1753 MHz 11.42 inches/290 mm
ASUS GTX 970 DirectCU II Black 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz 11.4 inches/290 mm
ASUS GTX 970 DirectCU II Black OC 1114 MHz 1253 MHz 1753 MHz 11.4 inches/290 mm
ASUS GTX 970 DirectCU II OC 1127 MHz 1266 MHz 1753 MHz 11.4 inches/290 mm
ASUS GTX 970 DirectCU Mini OC 1089 MHz 1228 MHz 1753 MHz 6.7 inches/170 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
ASUS STRIX GTX 970 DirectCU II 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz 11 inches/279 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
ASUS STRIX GTX 970 DirectCU II OC 1114 MHz 1253 MHz 1753 MHz 11 inches/279 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
ASUS STRIX GTX 970 DirectCU II OC SP 1114 MHz 1253 MHz 1753 MHz 11 inches/279 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
ASUS TURBO GTX 970 OC 1089 MHz 1228 MHz 1753 MHz 10.4 inches/264 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
CAT GTX 970 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz
Colorful iGame GTX 970 Fire Ares U 1127 MHz 1266 MHz 1753 MHz 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
Colorful iGame GTX 970 Fire Ares U Custom 1127 MHz 1266 MHz 1753 MHz 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
Colorful iGame GTX 970 Fire Ares U HD1 1127 MHz 1266 MHz 1753 MHz 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
Colorful iGame GTX 970 TOP 1203 MHz 1355 MHz 1753 MHz
ELSA GTX 970 S.A.C. 1088 MHz 1228 MHz 1753 MHz 8.07 inches/205 mm
EVGA GTX 970 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz 9.5 inches/241 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
EVGA GTX 970 ACX 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz 9.5 inches/241 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
EVGA GTX 970 ACX 2.0 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz 9.5 inches/241 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
EVGA GTX 970 FTW ACX 2.0 1216 MHz 1367 MHz 1753 MHz 9.5 inches/241 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
EVGA GTX 970 FTW+ ACX 2.0+ 1216 MHz 1367 MHz 1753 MHz 10.1 inches/257 mm
EVGA GTX 970 Hybrid 1140 MHz 1279 MHz 1753 MHz 9.5 inches/241 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
EVGA GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0 1190 MHz 1342 MHz 1753 MHz 10.1 inches/257 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
EVGA GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0 Best Buy Exclusive 1190 MHz 1342 MHz 1753 MHz 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
EVGA GTX 970 SSC ACX 2.0+ 1190 MHz 1342 MHz 1753 MHz 10.1 inches/257 mm
EVGA GTX 970 Superclocked 1140 MHz 1279 MHz 1753 MHz 9.5 inches/241 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
EVGA GTX 970 Superclocked ACX 1165 MHz 1316 MHz 1753 MHz 9.5 inches/241 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
EVGA GTX 970 Superclocked ACX 2.0 1165 MHz 1316 MHz 1753 MHz 9.5 inches/241 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
EVGA GTX 970 Superclocked+ ACX 2.0 1165 MHz 1317 MHz 1753 MHz 9.5 inches/241 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
FORSA GTX 970 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz
Gainward GTX 970 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz 9.72 inches/247 mm, 1x DVI 1x mini-HDMI 3x mini-DisplayPort
Gainward GTX 970 Guan Yu 1152 MHz 1304 MHz 1753 MHz
Gainward GTX 970 Phantom 1152 MHz 1304 MHz 1753 MHz 9.72 inches/247 mm, 1x DVI 1x mini-HDMI 3x mini-DisplayPort
Gainward GTX 970 Pheonix 1152 MHz 1304 MHz 1753 MHz 9.72 inches/247 mm, 1x DVI 1x HDMI 2x mini-DisplayPort
Gainward GTX 970 Zhao Yun 1126 MHz 1266 MHz 1753 MHz 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
GALAX GTX 970 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
GALAX GTX 970 EXOC 1126 MHz 1266 MHz 1753 MHz 10.67 inches/271 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
GALAX GTX 970 EXOC Black Edition 1164 MHz 1317 MHz 1753 MHz 10.67 inches/271 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
GALAX GTX 970 GAMER OC 1190 MHz 1342 MHz 1753 MHz 7.05 inches/179 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
GALAX GTX 970 HOF 1228 MHz 1380 MHz 1753 MHz 12.13 inches/308 mm
GALAX GTX 970 OC 1126 MHz 1266 MHz 1753 MHz 7.05 inches/179 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
GALAX GTX 970 OC Silent Infinity Black Edition 1178 MHz 1329 MHz 1753 MHz 10.24 inches/260 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
GIGABYTE GTX 970 G1 Gaming 1178 MHz 1329 MHz 1753 MHz 12.28 inches/312 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort
GIGABYTE GTX 970 Mini-ITX 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz 7.2 inches/183 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort
GIGABYTE GTX 970 Mini-ITX OC 1076 MHz 1216 MHz 1753 MHz 7.2 inches/183 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort
GIGABYTE GTX 970 Twin Turbo 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz 10.47 inches/266 mm
GIGABYTE GTX 970 Twin Turbo OC 1101 MHz 1241 MHz 1753 MHz 10.47 inches/266 mm
GIGABYTE GTX 970 WindForce 3X OC 1114 MHz 1253 MHz 1753 MHz 12.28 inches/312 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort
GIGABYTE GTX 970 XTREME 1190 MHz 1342 MHz 1775 MHz
Inno3D GTX 970 OC 1088 MHz 1228 MHz 1753 MHz 8.46 inches/215 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
Inno3D iChill GTX 970 Black 1228 MHz 1329 MHz 1820 MHz 10.47 inches/266 mm
Inno3D iChill GTX 970 HerculeZ X3 Air Boss 1152 MHz 1279 MHz 1753 MHz 11.81 inches/300 mm
Inno3D iChill GTX 970 HerculeZ X4 Air Boss 1152 MHz 1279 MHz 1753 MHz 11.81 inches/300 mm
Inno3D iChill GTX 970 HerculeZ X4 Air Boss DHS 1228 MHz 1329 MHz 1820 MHz 11.81 inches/300 mm
Inno3D iChill GTX 970 HerculeZ X4 Air Boss Ultra 1178 MHz 1329 MHz 1800 MHz 11.81 inches/300 mm
KFA2 GTX 970 EXOC Black Edition 1164 MHz 1317 MHz 1753 MHz 10.63 inches/270 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
KFA2 GTX 970 EXOC Sniper Edition 1178 MHz 1329 MHz 1753 MHz 10.63 inches/270 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
Leadtek WinFast GTX 970 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz 10.51 inches/267 mm
Leadtek WinFast GTX 970 Hurricane 1076 MHz 1216 MHz 1753 MHz 8.11 inches/206 mm
MSI GTX 970 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz 10.83 inches/275 mm
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 1114 MHz 1253 MHz 1753 MHz 10.6 inches/269 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
MSI GTX 970 Gaming 100ME 1114 MHz 1253 MHz 1753 MHz 10.6 inches/269 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
MSI GTX 970 Gaming Golden Edition 1140 MHz 1279 MHz 1753 MHz 10.51 inches/267 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
MSI GTX 970 Gaming LE 1076 MHz 1216 MHz 1753 MHz 10.6 inches/269 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
MSI GTX 970 Gaming LE 100ME 1076 MHz 1216 MHz 1753 MHz 10.6 inches/269 mm
MSI GTX 970 OC 1102 MHz 1241 MHz 1753 MHz 10.83 inches/275 mm, 2x DVI 1x HDMI 1x DisplayPort
MSI GTX 970 OCV1 1076 MHz 1216 MHz 1753 MHz
MSI GTX 970 V1 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz 10.6 inches/269 mm
Palit GTX 970 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz 9.72 inches/247 mm, 1x DVI 1x mini-HDMI 3x mini-DisplayPort
Palit GTX 970 JetStream 1152 MHz 1304 MHz 1753 MHz 9.72 inches/247 mm, 1x DVI 1x mini-HDMI 3x mini-DisplayPort
Pegatron GTX 970 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz
PNY GTX 970 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz
Point of View GTX 970 1050 MHz 1178 MHz 1753 MHz
ZOTAC GTX 970 1076 MHz 1216 MHz 1753 MHz 8.03 inches/204 mm
ZOTAC GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition 1228 MHz 1380 MHz 1800 MHz 11.79 inches/299 mm
ZOTAC GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition 1203 MHz 1355 MHz 1800 MHz 11.8 inches/300 mm
ZOTAC GTX 970 AMP! Omega Core Edition 1152 MHz 1304 MHz 1753 MHz
ZOTAC GTX 970 AMP! Omega Edition 1102 MHz 1241 MHz 1762 MHz
ZOTAC GTX 970 Extreme Anniversary Edition 1203 MHz 1355 MHz 1800 MHz 11.8 inches/300 mm