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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 Max-Q

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q

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Higher clock speed 1,265 MHz vs 1,050 MHz More than 20% 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
Higher turbo clock speed 1,480 MHz vs 1,178 MHz More than 25% higher turbo clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 2,002 MHz vs 1,753 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Lower TDP 80W vs 148W More than 45% lower TDP

Features Key features of the GeForce GTX 970  vs 1060 Max-Q 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

GeForce GTX 970
224.4 GB/s

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

GeForce GTX 970
58.8 GPixel/s
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
60.7 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

GeForce GTX 970
109.2 GTexel/s
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
101.2 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTX 970
3,494 GFLOPS
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
3,238 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Specifications Full list of technical specs

gpu

GeForce GTX 970  vs
1060 Max-Q 
GPU brand Nvidia Nvidia
GPU name GM204 GP106
Clock speed 1,050 MHz 1,265 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,178 MHz 1,480 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None None

raw performance

Shading units 1,664 1,280
Texture mapping units 104 80
Render output processors 56 48
Pixel rate 58.8 GPixel/s 60.7 GPixel/s
Texture rate 109.2 GTexel/s 101.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 3,494 GFLOPS 3,238 GFLOPS

memory

GeForce GTX 970  vs
1060 Max-Q 
Memory clock speed 1,753 MHz 2,002 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz 8,008 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit 192 bit
Memory 4,096 MB 6,144 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s 192.2 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 148W 80W

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