With our reviews stuffed full of a large number of benchmarks and games at different resolutions and using different settings it can be difficult to get a feel for the overall performance of a graphics card we are testing. As a result we’ve created a performance summary metric. The metric is simple, but my explanation isn’t, if you’re interested in that explanation then see the test systems and procedures page.
Summarising all the results we can see the STRIX GTX 970 is on par with a stock AMD R9 290X out of the box. Of course, the stock AMD R9 290X will degrade rapidly in performance as it overheats but the GTX 970 STRIX certainly does not do the same.