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GeForce GTX 1060 vs GeForce GTX 970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 2000 MHz on this card. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 970, which has a core clock frequency of 1050 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1664 SPUs, 104 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1060 311 Sol/s
GeForce GTX 970 262 Sol/s
Difference: 49 (19%)

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1060 12359 points
GeForce GTX 970 10867 points
Difference: 1492 (14%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 970 145 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (21%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 970 should theoretically perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 224000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 27392 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 should be a small bit (about 10%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 970. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 11280 (10%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 72288 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 5088 (8%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 1060

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 970
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2016 September 2014
Code Name GP106-400 GM204-200
Memory 6144 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1050 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 145 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 224000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 109200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 67200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1664
Texture Mapping Units 80 104
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 5200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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