NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
vs
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
GTX 970 RTX 2060 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
Price $ 445.0 $ 329.0 116 (26%)
Year 2014 2019 5 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 64C 72C 8 (12%)
Max Fan Noise 47.5dB 45.6dB 1.9 (4%)
Recommended Power Supply 498W 500W 2 (0%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99) Intel Core i7-8700K @ 3.70GHz ($369.89)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 65.3 FPS 112.7 FPS 47.4 (73%)
Average 1440p Performance 46.3 FPS 78.6 FPS 32.3 (70%)
Average 4K Performance 29.1 FPS 46.2 FPS 17.1 (59%)
Memory 4 GB 6 GB 2 (50%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 5.0 $ 3.1 1.9 (38%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 7.1 $ 4.5 2.6 (37%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 11.3 $ 7.6 3.7 (33%)
Overall Combination Score 66/100 87/100 21 (32%)
Our Verdict: At 1440p, GTX 970 can hit 50-60 frames per second on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. Whereas RTX 2060 can hit 50-60 frames per second at maximum settings. The RTX 2060 is faster by 70% for 1440p gaming. For 1080p games, upgrading from GTX 970 to RTX 2060 is not worth it if targeting 60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is much better for RTX 2060 .

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
62.4
120.0
2019 Anthem
40.2
69.6
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
58.9
102.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
71.4
127.8
2019 Metro Exodus
31.8
56.9
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
51.5
128.5
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
26.7
54.4
2018 Final Fantasy XV
56.4
91.5
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
43.6
85.7
2018 Forza Horizon 4
63.4
111.1
2018 Fallout 76
60.9
139.8
2018 Hitman 2
47.5
108.8
2018 Just Cause 4
45.9
87.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
49.5
94.6
2018 Battlefield V
60.4
114.6
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
40.6
78.7
2017 Destiny 2
90.1
150.5
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
47.5
92.6
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
63.8
111.8
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
63.7
138.9
2017 For Honor
84.8
162.1
2017 Project CARS 2
60.1
114.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
72.8
139.2
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
39.1
76.6
2016 Hitman
59.2
108.6
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
69.8
132.9
2016 The Division
51.8
96.2
2016 Overwatch
99.1
173.5
2016 Dishonored 2
43.9
83.8
2015 DiRT Rally
93.6
171.7
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
56.2
107.3
2015 The Witcher 3
51.7
96.4
2015 Rocket League
247.4
540.2
2015 Need For Speed
68.6
149.7
2015 Project CARS
65.7
125.6
2013 Crysis 3
61.5
106.9
2013 Battlefield 4
79.9
151.4
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
169.6
370.4
2009 League of Legends
318.1
694.6

2560x1440

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
46.4
91.0
2019 Anthem
31.9
55.2
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
45.7
79.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
48.1
86.0
2019 Metro Exodus
24.7
44.3
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
28.7
71.7
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
25.7
43.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
39.6
60.6
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
28.7
54.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
53.5
89.3
2018 Fallout 76
39.6
90.4
2018 Hitman 2
30.7
68.4
2018 Just Cause 4
34.0
61.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
34.6
63.1
2018 Battlefield V
47.5
87.1
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
26.7
59.5
2017 Destiny 2
77.2
123.5
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
36.6
67.3
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
41.6
69.5
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
45.9
95.5
2017 For Honor
49.5
90.1
2017 Project CARS 2
42.4
77.2
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
65.7
119.7
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
34.1
66.9
2016 Hitman
42.8
76.5
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
47.9
83.2
2016 The Division
37.8
65.5
2016 Overwatch
67.9
114.2
2016 Dishonored 2
37.4
68.2
2015 DiRT Rally
63.3
116.4
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
37.8
69.6
2015 The Witcher 3
38.3
68.4
2015 Rocket League
106.0
220.5
2015 Need For Speed
53.0
110.2
2015 Project CARS
50.2
91.4
2013 Crysis 3
37.6
64.1
2013 Battlefield 4
51.0
93.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
141.4
294.0
2009 League of Legends
176.7
367.5

3840x2160

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
27.7
48.0
2019 Anthem
17.3
30.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
24.3
42.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
23.7
42.4
2019 Metro Exodus
15.5
27.8
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
29.7
32.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
17.8
28.7
2018 Final Fantasy XV
23.8
35.3
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
14.9
28.7
2018 Forza Horizon 4
35.6
59.5
2018 Fallout 76
21.8
49.6
2018 Hitman 2
17.8
39.7
2018 Just Cause 4
17.6
32.2
2018 Monster Hunter: World
16.6
30.2
2018 Battlefield V
24.7
48.5
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
14.9
34.2
2017 Destiny 2
38.6
61.7
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
20.8
38.6
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
22.2
37.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
31.8
66.2
2017 For Honor
24.7
45.0
2017 Project CARS 2
35.3
64.3
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
55.1
100.4
2016 Overwatch
35.3
58.7
2016 Dishonored 2
29.7
54.0
2015 Rocket League
49.5
102.9
2015 Need For Speed
35.3
73.5
2015 Project CARS
35.3
64.3
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
127.2
264.6
2009 League of Legends
70.7
147.0
GTX 970 vs RTX 2060 with i7-4770K vs i7-8700K at 1920x1080 and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 970 vs RTX 2060 with i7-4770K vs i7-8700K at 2560x1440 and ultra vs ultra settings
GTX 970 vs RTX 2060 with i7-4770K vs i7-8700K at 4K and ultra vs ultra settings

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / i7-4770K

At 1440p, GTX 970 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the GTX 970 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. With regards to max load temperature, the GTX 970 's cooling is excellent at keeping it cool and under control. This combination between GTX 970 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between GTX 970 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the GTX 970 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 / i7-8700K

It is clear that the RTX 2060 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. In terms of memory, the RTX 2060 's 6144 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks. In short the performance is exceptional, there's no question that this is one of the most powerful single GPU out there in 2019 .

GTX 970 vs RTX 2060 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 970 RTX 2060
Length10.5 inches 267 mm9 inches 229 mm
Outputs1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x DVI1x HDMI2x DisplayPort1x USB Type-C
Power Connectors2x 6-pin1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP148 W160 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 970 RTX 2060
Boost Clock1178 MHz1680 MHz
GPU Clock1050 MHz1365 MHz
Memory Clock1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective1750 MHz 14000 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 970 RTX 2060
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 900GeForce 2000
ProductionEnd-of-lifeReleased
Release DateSep 19th, 2014Jan 7, 2019

Graphics Features

GTX 970 RTX 2060
CUDA5.27.5
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL1.21.2
OpenGL4.64.6
Shader Model6.16.3
Vulkan1.1.821.1.96

Graphics Processor

GTX 970 RTX 2060
ArchitectureMaxwell 2.0Turing
Die Size398 mm²445 mm2
GPU NameGM204TU106
Process Size28 nm12 nm
Transistors5,200 million10,800 million

Memory

GTX 970 RTX 2060
Bandwidth224.4 GB/s336.0 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit192 bit
Memory Size4096 MB6144 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR6

Render Config

GTX 970 RTX 2060
ROPs5648
Shading Units16641920
TMUs104120

Theoretical Performance

GTX 970 RTX 2060
FP32 (float) performance3,920 GFLOPS6,451 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance122.5 GFLOPS (1:32)201.6 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate65.97 GPixel/s80.64 GPixel/s
Texture Rate122.5 GTexel/s201.6 GTexel/s

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