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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 970


Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB features a core clock speed of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It is made up of 1152 SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 970, which comes with GPU core speed of 1050 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also 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 3GB 290 Sol/s
GeForce GTX 970 262 Sol/s
Difference: 28 (11%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 19 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 970 19 Mh/s
Difference: 0 (0%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 970 145 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (21%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 970 should in theory be a bit better than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 224000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 27392 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970 should be a little bit (about 1%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 768 (1%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is superior to the GeForce GTX 970, though only just barely. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 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 3GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 970

Amazon.com

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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GeForce GTX 970
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2016 September 2014
Code Name GP106-300 GM204-200
Memory 3072 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 108432 Mtexels/sec 109200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 67200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1664
Texture Mapping Units 72 104
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 (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 970

Amazon.com

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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