GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 970 vs 1060 among Desktop GPUs


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Performance per Watt

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Front view of GeForce GTX 1060

MSI GeForce GTX 1060

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 970

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 970

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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
Significantly 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
Higher memory clock speed 2,002 MHz vs 1,753 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Better bitcoin mining score 580.23 mHash/s vs 477.79 mHash/s More than 20% better bitcoin mining score
Better PassMark direct compute score 5,028 vs 4,378 Around 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
477.79 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1060
580.23 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
148.45 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1060
159.3 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
1,186.2 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,436.94 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
1,125.43 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,203.94 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
8.55 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
8.75 frames/s

Video composition Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
40.89 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
113.61 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 1060

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
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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..
>checking prices on cpuboss lmao
i7 4790K, and it's $100 less... according to cpuboss, but on other sources the 4790K is $20 less
ummm.... I've benced em, and the 970 slaps the rx 480 and the 1060. I am no "fanboy," I just want the good tech. Sorry... but this site is retarded. People always say it's "biased." It's too stupid to be biased. When the i7 6700k released, the 6700k, 4790k, and 5820k were ALL 9.1-9.3/10. NOW??? The 6700k and the 4790k (inferior to the 5820k, imo and according to my benchmarks) are still 9/10, the 5820k MAGICALLY went to 6/10, like it's some SHIT processor. They have i3's you can't OC that beat the i7 5820k. Maybe.... Maybe.... it's because millions of teens have i3's and i5's with fast single cores, that they DESPERATELY want to be as good as the fucking six core, and they're pandering? Seriously.... LOOK UP some of the Cpu's that "beat" the i7 5820k. It's laughable.
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