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GeForce GTX 1060 vs GeForce GTX 970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 comes with a clock frequency of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and uses a 16 nm design. It is made up of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 970, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1050 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1664 SPUs, 104 Texture Address Units, 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

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 970 should be 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 is a bit (about 10%) faster with regards to AF 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 is a better choice, though 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 maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

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GeForce GTX 970

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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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