NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB vs 970

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 970 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.91
 
4.81
Architecture
Pascal
 
Maxwell
Code name
GP106
 
GM204
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
19 July 2016
 
19 September 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
$299
 
$329
Price now
$497
 
$284

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 970's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 970's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1280
 
1664
CUDA cores
no data
 
1664
Core clock speed
1506 MHz
 
1050 MHz
Boost Clock
1708 MHz
 
1178 MHz
Transistor count
4,400 million
 
5,200 million
Manufacturing process technology
16 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
120 Watt
 
148 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
no data
 
98 °C
Texture fill rate
136.7
 
109 billion/sec
Floating-point performance
4,375 gflops
 
3,920 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 970 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
no data
 
PCI Express 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
250 mm
 
10.5" (26.7 cm)
Height
no data
 
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Recommended system power (PSU)
no data
 
500 Watt
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
2x 6-pins
SLI options
-
 
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Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 970: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
6.144 MB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
8000 MHz
 
7.0 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
192.2 GB/s
 
224 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 970. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
no data
 
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
Multi monitor support
no data
 
4 displays
HDMI
+
 
+
HDCP
-
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
no data
 
2048x1536
G-SYNC support
+
 
+
Audio input for HDMI
no data
 
Internal

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 970. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
GameStream
-
 
+
GeForce ShadowPlay
-
 
+
GPU Boost
no data
 
2.0
GameWorks
-
 
+
VR Ready
+
 
no data
G-SYNC
+
 
no data

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 970, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
12 (12_1)
Shader Model
6.4
 
6.4
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.4
OpenCL
1.2
 
1.2
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
1.1.126
CUDA
6.1
 
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 970. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 1060 6 GB 39.57 +5.9%
GTX 970 37.38

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 1060 6 GB 235179
GTX 970 422295 +79.6%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 1060 6 GB 76477 +5%
GTX 970 72819

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 1060 6 GB 11039 +17%
GTX 970 9434

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 1060 6 GB 12816 +7.2%
GTX 970 11954

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 1060 6 GB 17288 +7.8%
GTX 970 16033

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 1060 6 GB 43717 +3.4%
GTX 970 42263

Passmark

GTX 1060 6 GB 10252 +5.9%
GTX 970 9683

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 970. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
no data
 
478 Mh/s
Decred / DCR (Decred)
no data
 
1.51 Gh/s
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
no data
 
22.21 Mh/s
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
no data
 
0.48 kh/s
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
no data
 
291.61 Sol/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 970 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB

5.9% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (19 July 2016 vs 19 September 2014)
Finer manufacturing process technology (16 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (120 vs 148 watts)
VR Ready
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

Cheaper ($284.00 USD vs $497.00 USD)
Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)
More pipelines (1664 vs 1280)
Higher memory bandwidth (224 vs 192.2 GB/s)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)

So, GTX 1060 6 GB or 970?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970. The differences in performance seem too small.
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