GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 970 vs 1060 among Desktop GPUs


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Performance per Watt

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Noise and Power

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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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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
Much better manhattan score 26,875.7 vs 3,714.62 Around 7.2x better manhattan score
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 580.23 mHash/s vs 485.85 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
485.85 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1060
580.23 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

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

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
1,203.9 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,766.04 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

GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 1060

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 970
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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.....
DRSEIRE, "I have a Titan Xp but don't brag about", you just did.... I have a 34" widescreen too, so whats your point.... If you don't like what I say, ignore me... Kinda like how I ignore Donald Trump news..... Good day to you....
I have a Titan Xp but don't brag about it like you. I also have a PG348Q and htc vive. Shall I tell you more? You are a complete fool. Absolute idiot.
Only it's hardware is out of date. Its software is tailor made for gaming, and consistently works. PC on the other hand, a million different moving parts, a million different things that can and do go wrong. Even the people with the knowledge to fix these things, aren't going to want to over and over again. That's why people prefer consoles. It's mainly exclusives though. I could never do without the exclusives Playstation has. The type of games the deliver are exactly the kind I love so PS4 is definitely the one for me. But I have a PC as well so I'm pretty much set. Even got Zelda BotW kind of working on my PC
but he wasn't making fun of console gamers, he was reminding people of the futility or arguing 970 vs 1060 when they both get shit on by other GPU's.
Yea I don't get it. Like if the 1150 ti, or whatever's next for Nvidia is better than my 1060, I'd say that's a good thing. I wouldn't get butthurt and claim the 1060 is better because it has a higher bus or something of that nature lol I don't know why people get defensive over hardware like that. It's all about the games for me. Talk shit about games I love is the only way I get defensive
True.... higher bus on older GPU won't matter. Newer GPU's have way more cuda cores or stream processors, better cooling and newer technology..... It's funny that people like Nikos hold on too old tech....., there's nothing wrong with having it, just don't justify its better than newer technology. But I think you made your point, just thought that picture was funny...
I didn't say it doesn't matter, I said it wasn't the point. I mentioned the 7850 because I owned one, and knew it has a much higher bus than 1060, but doesn't come anywhere close to it in terms of performance. My point wasn't the brand, it was that having a higher bus doesn't guarantee better performance. I'm sure you know that already though
Hugo, I just notice this..... You're a funny MOFO... Brand really doesn't matter, but AMD does run a lot hotter. I've had five different GPU's in the past two years, GTX 980 ti, RX 580, RX 480, GTX 1070 and now a Titan. So I think I'm a pro at judging GPU's... My son had a 970 and upgraded to a 1060. Both cards are close, but if your over clocking or stock the1060 is the clear winner!
I got a good deal, I wouldn't pay full for a gpu of this magnitude! Honestly if your a gamer who want the best gpu for the money, 1070 is the way to go. Everything else is over kill, bought my titan for the same price as a 1080. Now AMD is super late on high end gpu's but I wish them the best.
Whenever I see anyone with a Titan in their machine, all I think is "That person enjoys being screwed." Used to pay $300 for that top tier of performance but nVidia slowly switched it up quite a lot...Not that AMD did much to try and stop them.
Not sure if you have ever heard of this thing called a JOB!!! I currently have three of them. Which let's me pay for bills and nice things, like computer parts, internet, mortgage, Thanks for fixing my spelling, THEIR.... Your a grammar nazi and thanks for the free entertainment! We can stop using words now, and get into some gaming shit if you're up too it!!
*their I want you to actually think for a second. Why would a console gamer be on gpuboss? Use that brain. You're the scum that makes us pc gamers have a bad rap. Get off your high horse and learn to be a decent person. Let me guess, divorced parents paid for it?
I like when people hate me from a far... with there console.... Have fun with that out date device....
And you are a prime example why console gamers and pc gamers hate pc gamers
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!!!!
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