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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 970

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB features core speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 970, which has a core clock speed of 1050 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1664 SPUs, 104 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

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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%)

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 12185 points
GeForce GTX 970 10867 points
Difference: 1318 (12%)

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 little bit superior to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970 is a little bit (more or less 1%) better at 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 using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a better choice, but only just. (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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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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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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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