AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1506
  • Max video memory 6 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 8000
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
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  • Core clock speed 850
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 4800
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 170$
Games supported 85%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating194191
Value for money32.1629.44
ArchitecturePascal (2016−2021)GCN (2011−2017)
GPU code nameN17E-G1Neptune CF
Market segmentLaptopLaptop
Release date18 August 2016
(6 years old)
1 May 2012
(10 years old)
Launch price (MSRP)$237.11 no data
Current price$240 (1x MSRP)$170
Value for money

To calculate the index we compare the characteristics of graphics cards against their prices.

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores12802560
CUDA cores1280no data
Core clock speed1506 MHz850 MHz
Boost clock speed1708 MHz900 MHz
Number of transistors4,400 millionno data
Manufacturing process technology16 nm28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)80 Watt200 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature94 °Cno data
Texture fill rate133.6no data
Floating-point performance4,275 gflopsno data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Laptop sizelargelarge
Bus supportPCIe 3.0no data
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16no data
SLI options-no data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount6 GBno data
Memory bus width192 Bit2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed8000 MHz4800 MHz
Memory bandwidth192 GB/sno data
Shared memory--

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsDP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVIno data
Multi monitor support+no data
HDCP2.2no data
G-SYNC support+no data

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

GameStream+no data
GPU Boost3.0no data
VR Ready+no data
Ansel+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (12_1)11.1
Shader Model6.4no data
OpenGL4.5no data
OpenCL1.2no data
Vulkan1.2.131no data
CUDA+no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 1060 Mobile 20.73
HD 8970M Crossfire 21.10
+1.8%
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 1060 Mobile 34127
HD 8970M Crossfire 34215
+0.3%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 16%

GTX 1060 Mobile 14693
+18.3%
HD 8970M Crossfire 12424

GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile outperforms Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire by 18% in 3DMark 11 Performance GPU.

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 1060 Mobile 74605
+6.4%
HD 8970M Crossfire 70114

GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile outperforms Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire by 6% in 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU.

3DMark Fire Strike Score

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 1060 Mobile 9739
+19.6%
HD 8970M Crossfire 8145

GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile outperforms Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire by 20% in 3DMark Fire Strike Score.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 13%

GTX 1060 Mobile 11558
+11.6%
HD 8970M Crossfire 10354

GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile outperforms Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire by 12% in 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics.

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 8%

GTX 1060 Mobile 298378
+10.6%
HD 8970M Crossfire 269832

GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile outperforms Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire by 11% in 3DMark Ice Storm GPU.

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

Full HD77
+10%
70
−10%
1440p44no data
4K29no data

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
+0%
30−35
+0%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 62
+47.6%
40−45
−47.6%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 53
+51.4%
35−40
−51.4%
Battlefield 5 96
+41.2%
65−70
−41.2%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 73
+32.7%
55−60
−32.7%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
+0%
30−35
+0%
Far Cry 5 75
+36.4%
55−60
−36.4%
Far Cry New Dawn 69
+25.5%
55−60
−25.5%
Forza Horizon 4 102
+41.7%
70−75
−41.7%
Hitman 3 76
+24.6%
60−65
−24.6%
Horizon Zero Dawn 62
+37.8%
45−50
−37.8%
Red Dead Redemption 2 52
+52.9%
30−35
−52.9%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 60
+33.3%
45−50
−33.3%
Watch Dogs: Legion 55
+44.7%
35−40
−44.7%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 54
+28.6%
40−45
−28.6%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45
+28.6%
35−40
−28.6%
Battlefield 5 81
+19.1%
65−70
−19.1%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 62
+12.7%
55−60
−12.7%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
+0%
30−35
+0%
Far Cry 5 68
+23.6%
55−60
−23.6%
Far Cry New Dawn 66
+20%
55−60
−20%
Forza Horizon 4 91
+26.4%
70−75
−26.4%
Hitman 3 66
+8.2%
60−65
−8.2%
Horizon Zero Dawn 45
+0%
45−50
+0%
Metro Exodus 40
+21.2%
30−35
−21.2%
Red Dead Redemption 2 27
−25.9%
30−35
+25.9%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 51
+13.3%
45−50
−13.3%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 69
+50%
45−50
−50%
Watch Dogs: Legion 48
+26.3%
35−40
−26.3%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 37
−13.5%
40−45
+13.5%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 38
+8.6%
35−40
−8.6%
Battlefield 5 71
+4.4%
65−70
−4.4%
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35
+0%
30−35
+0%
Far Cry 5 64
+16.4%
55−60
−16.4%
Far Cry New Dawn 60
+9.1%
55−60
−9.1%
Forza Horizon 4 71
−1.4%
70−75
+1.4%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 39
−17.9%
45−50
+17.9%
Watch Dogs: Legion 28
−35.7%
35−40
+35.7%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 37
+15.6%
30−35
−15.6%
Hitman 3 30−35
−2.9%
35−40
+2.9%
Horizon Zero Dawn 29
+3.6%
27−30
−3.6%
Metro Exodus 23
+15%
20−22
−15%
Red Dead Redemption 2 17
+0%
16−18
+0%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 32
+18.5%
27−30
−18.5%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 15 no data
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 27
+22.7%
21−24
−22.7%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 27
+42.1%
18−20
−42.1%
Battlefield 5 53
+12.8%
45−50
−12.8%
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
+0%
12−14
+0%
Far Cry 5 43
+22.9%
35−40
−22.9%
Far Cry New Dawn 45
+15.4%
35−40
−15.4%
Forza Horizon 4 57
+29.5%
40−45
−29.5%
Watch Dogs: Legion 19
+26.7%
14−16
−26.7%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 20
+25%
16−18
−25%
Hitman 3 20−22
+0%
20−22
+0%
Horizon Zero Dawn 15
+0%
14−16
+0%
Metro Exodus 14
+16.7%
12−14
−16.7%
Red Dead Redemption 2 11
−9.1%
12−14
+9.1%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 16
+14.3%
14−16
−14.3%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 26
+18.2%
21−24
−18.2%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18
+38.5%
12−14
−38.5%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 10
−10%
10−12
+10%
Battlefield 5 28
+12%
24−27
−12%
Cyberpunk 2077 4−5
+0%
4−5
+0%
Far Cry 5 21
+23.5%
16−18
−23.5%
Far Cry New Dawn 23
+15%
20−22
−15%
Forza Horizon 4 35
+20.7%
27−30
−20.7%
Watch Dogs: Legion 8−9
+0%
8−9
+0%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 20.73 21.10
Recency 18 August 2016 1 May 2012
Memory bus width 192 256
Pipelines / CUDA cores 1280 2560
Chip lithography 16 nm 28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 80 Watt 200 Watt

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile
GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile

and

AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire

The differences in performance seem too small.


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Competitors of GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile from AMD is Radeon 680M, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 1 position in our rating.

AMD Radeon 680M Radeon 680M
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Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile:

GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile 100
Radeon 680M 99.95

Competitors of Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire by NVIDIA

The nearest Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire's NVIDIA equivalent is GeForce GTX 880M SLI, which is faster by 1% and higher by 2 positions in our performance rating.

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