GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 970 vs 1060 among Desktop GPUs


Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more


T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

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Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more


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
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
Wider memory bus 256 bit vs 192 bit Around 35% wider memory bus
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
Higher effective memory clock speed 8,008 MHz vs 7,012 MHz Around 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Much higher turbo clock speed 1,759 MHz vs 1,178 MHz Around 50% higher turbo clock speed
Higher pixel rate 74.1 GPixel/s vs 58.8 GPixel/s More than 25% higher pixel rate
Better ocean surface simulation score 1,766.73 frames/s vs 1,225.93 frames/s Around 45% better ocean surface simulation score
Slightly better floating-point performance 3,953 GFLOPS vs 3,494 GFLOPS Around 15% better floating-point performance
Slightly higher texture rate 123.5 GTexel/s vs 109.2 GTexel/s Around 15% higher texture rate
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
212.39 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1060
576.4 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
105.04 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1060
119.24 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
1,225.93 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,766.73 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
1,017.16 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,196.96 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
8.69 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
8.68 frames/s

Video composition Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
36.64 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
21.91 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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^^Special cretin. I need to kneel on your neck for as long as it takes. I'll feed you bleach for refreshment.
OMG 970 stil ROCK o yeee :D
thats not how SLI works - you don't double the vram. Both cards buffer is filled with the same data on both cards
Fucking hilarious that one person doesn't have issues with a driver THEREFORE no one should have issues with a driver...
I agree. My buddy sits next to me with an R3 1200 CPU and an 1060 6G and have around 10 to 20 more FPS in all games the we play. I have an OC'd 1800X (4.0 Ghz on all cores) and an Gigabyte 970 G1 Gaming and i loose everytime when we look at the FPS. We both have 16 GB Ram running 2933 Mhz and watercooling on the CPU.
Gimped too, LMAO.
Enjoy 3.5 gb ddr scam LMAO.
Sure but win 10 have 7gb Vram 3.5 + 3.5 you dont need more for 2k playing, 4k is a dream.
Anyone used Geforce GTX 970 to do mining bitcoins or ethereum? please any info will do, fill free to drop me an email
Anyone used Geforce GTX 970 to do mining bitcoins or ethereum?
Any used Geforce GTX 970 to do mining bitcoins or ethereum
um...... crappy drivers? really?! Ive been using an msi gtx 970 for 2 years and never once had any issues. i use both amd and intel hardware but i know what bad drivers are. i have a lot more trouble with my rx 480, nvidia almost always has the best drivers for games.
start of thread: "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" end of thread: "I agree completely, buy what you can afford!!!!"
True..... I agree completely, buy what you can afford!!!! My personal recommendations, I've own them all at one time or another except for the Vega and Fury's. These are all great cards. Titian, GTX 1080,GTX 1070,GTX 1060,GTX 970,GTX 690, RX Vega, R9 Fury, R9 Fury X, R9 Fury Nano, RX 580,RX 570, RX 480, RX 470, R9 390, R9 290, HD7990. I get bored with GPU's fast, I've had four this year alone.... Happy gaming Snake6250
this could just be how i feel, but how about ppl just get the card that meets their needs and wants instead of lunging at each others throats.
It’s December, my favorite time of the year, and you’re trying to get me out of my Christmas Spirt!!! I had a hard time understanding what you were saying. It sounds like you’re stuttering when you type... It sounded alot like Blah blah gamer, Blah blah 1080, Blah blah peasant... Well got to go be awesome, and spread joy to the word, Happy Holidays too all...., you too Kisendi
Are You sure You're a gamer or just someone with more money than brain? If You want gaming performance You go with a 1080. And since the Titan U bought was the same price as Your Titan U still cant ownd since unless You make WORK on your computer, it is a waste of good money. Sometimes better to keep your opinions to yourself especially since most console players still cannot enjoy games as we do. And yes, Im using a "peasant" GTX970. Get real rook
JoeSchmoe!!! What you doing, are we gonna have a pissing contest next? I can’t help imagining how much awesomer the world would be, if your dad would of just pulled out. I’m done for now... So If you’re waiting for me to care cupcake, I hope you packed a lunch ‘cause it’s gonna be a really long time...
I don't need 3 jobs, I have one that pays me more than all 3 of yours combined.
Bury your head in the sand like a good little Ostrich.
DRS simply mentioned what he owned as opposed to you who state how your Titan shits all over the place.
DRSEIRE...... Please don't tell me this is your gaming PC..... Boy.... I'm about to roast you..... You say you have a Titan, but you can't afford some decent speaker to hear with....... TRASH...... You got a widescreen to play MINECRAFT... For real thou.... The back of you head looks like Steve from minecraft, but in real life.....
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