GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 970 vs 1060 among Desktop GPUs


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Performance per Watt

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Overall Score

MSI GeForce GTX 1060 

GPUBoss recommends the MSI GeForce GTX 1060  based on its compute performance and noise and power.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 970

Reasons to consider the
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Higher memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s vs 192.2 GB/s More than 15% higher memory bandwidth
More shading units 1,664 vs 1,280 384 more shading units
More texture mapping units 104 vs 80 24 more texture mapping units
More render output processors 56 vs 48 8 more render output processors
Front view of GeForce GTX 1060

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Significantly higher clock speed 1,544 MHz vs 1,050 MHz More than 45% higher clock speed
More memory 6,144 MB vs 4,096 MB 50% more memory
Much higher turbo clock speed 1,759 MHz vs 1,178 MHz Around 50% higher turbo clock speed
Higher effective memory clock speed 8,008 MHz vs 7,012 MHz Around 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher pixel rate 74.1 GPixel/s vs 58.8 GPixel/s More than 25% higher pixel rate
Better bitcoin mining score 580.15 mHash/s vs 485.47 mHash/s Around 20% better bitcoin mining score
Higher memory clock speed 2,002 MHz vs 1,753 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Better PassMark direct compute score 5,049 vs 4,375 More than 15% better PassMark direct compute score
Lower TDP 120W vs 148W Around 20% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 970 vs 1060

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
485.47 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1060
580.15 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
102.43 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1060
158.52 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
1,203.9 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,766.39 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
1,122.49 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 1060
981.4 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
6.71 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
8.82 frames/s

Video composition Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
41.93 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
27.13 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
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The brand isn't the point you moron, the point is having a higher bus than 128 does not mean it's guaranteed to have better performance Go look at the benchmarks dummy, 5 fps is a big difference considering you claimed your precious 970 "slaps" the 1060 LOL How does it slap it while it's losing out by 1-5 fps consistently? You were talking out of your ass and you got busted you cockhead You spent $400 on a GPU and now 2 years later a card nearly half the price beats it, so you're in denial about it LOL
Do not compare u fucking dumb-heads AMD radeon potato brand with NVIDIA. Radeon always loses the fight cuz they dont have cuda cores like nvidia one. 1060 3GB version sucks hard compared to gtx 970. 1060 6gb is slightly better 1-5 fps maximum. 1070 is the best choice for performance per dollar.
No problem Hugo...... And you are correct about the 1060, it requires less power and still preforms better than a 970. You can't just go off of GPUBOSS!!!!
LOL that means nothing you dumbass my 7850 has a 256 bit bus, yet my 1060 wipes the floor with it. Are you new to PC gaming or what?
but that idiot was trying to claim the 970 "slaps" the 1060 despite the facts proving otherwise. He was sounding like a science denier like Bill Nye who believes there's more than 2 genders and isn't even a scientist to begin with. We had to correct him. We meant no offense to your greatness as a Titan XP owner.
The thing that pisses me off most is GeForce experience. It won't let you run old versions. Everytime you try to use it, it forces the newest update. And I checked how to fix it but the fixes don't work anymore. Luckily the latest Nvidia software updates are stable but the previous one was a disaster. Shadowplay wasn't working at all. I was so angry with Nvidia. Almost made me want to switch back to AMD
Damn man.. I would buy the more expensive GPU, but your comments are so toxic and moronic that they gave my computer aids so now I have to spend the money to buy a new one.
I'm glad I could enlighten you junior.... Now why don't you go save your pennies for about a year or two so you don't have to go to newegg or amazon or eBay or were ever you buy you budget 970, 1060, 480, 780, 580, 660 ti graphic cards. And once you got about 900 dollars you can buy a used titan and then you can come play with the big boys ..... Until then, enjoy that outdated PS4 or Xbox One your playing..... Wait who is still buying Xbox's and PlayStation's.......
holy damn thank god you told me to get a titan x I didnt realise I could just get one until you told me too, its not at all like the people who buy cheaper cards dont actually have the money to get more expensive ones, no, its just that they choose not to. Youre an absolute moron.
problem is that you still only get 3.5+0.5 gb of Vram. You need more vram if want to play games at 4K
970's and 1060's,,,,, That's like playing the first PlayStation, when your ready to be a real gamer, step your game up and get a Titan X... No need to check benchmarks over here...... Sorry Frank, Hugo, WieprzekX and D.B
Nope, it doesn't. R9 290 has a 512-bit bus interface and it's not faster than a 970, so your argument's moot.
Yet 1060 comes with 128 bit bus interface... So 970 still wins the fight Στις 24 Μαρ 2017 02:25, ο χρήστης "Disqus" <> έγραψε:
if we talk of OC'ing, the 1060 can oc too. Even the 1060 whipes the 970, deal with it :)
haha yeah i add 200 mhz to core and 500 mhz to memmory on my 970 100me and works like a charm. ups me from 60-70 to stabile 80 fps in the division :) enuf for 1080p gaming the 970 yes :)
"SJW gaming era" LOL I hate SJW's and political correctness with a passion
You're obviously a fanboy. Just look at the benchmarks, the 1060 consistently beats the 970
Good plan. Two 970s in SLI puts you within striking distance of a Titan at less than 4k resolution. And for a lot less.
And if you Overclock 970 at 1,5 Ghz core clock and 8Ghz memory clock you got the speeds of gtx 1070 for sure. RIP 1060..
Same boat. Got the PNY XLR8 GTX 970. How does dual 970 compare to 1070?
i choose the 970 because they are cheap on ebay now with the new line of cards being out, i picked up one on ebay for $150, might get a second which would put be closer to the 1070 range, so i feel the 970 is the best value if on a budget
I've had no problems with mine? I use sli too.
But the drivers for the 970 are crap. Nvidia has made horrible drivers lately. And now it's worse for the 900 series because of the new 1000 series. I pretty much have to stick with a older driver ver368.69. In some newer games the new drivers are fine. But in older games there are problems. And allot of newer games are not worth playing since the SJW gaming era.
the 480 was not meant to beat the 970, it was meant to be a cheaper choice besides the 970, plus it was given 8 gigs of ram instead of the 970 3.5 gigs. also the 480 is better than the 970 when you go over 5 gigs of ram.
Yes, especially on this comparison, where it shows a GTX 1060 6GB for the bench, but the price/link to a 3GB model..
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