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

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
31.60
 
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Architecture
Pascal
 
GCN
Code name
GP106
 
Neptune CF
Type
Laptop
 
Laptop
Release date
15 August 2016
 
1 May 2012
Launch price (MSRP)
$237.11
 
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Price now
$274
 
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Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire'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 Mobile and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1280
 
2560
CUDA cores
1280
 
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Core clock speed
1506 MHz
 
850 MHz
Boost Clock
1708 MHz
 
900 MHz
Transistor count
4,400 million
 
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Manufacturing process technology
16 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
120 Watt
 
200 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
94 °C
 
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Texture fill rate
133.6
 
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Floating-point performance
4,275 gflops
 
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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 size
large
 
large
Bus support
PCIe 3.0
 
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Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
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Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire: 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 GB
 
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Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed
8008 MHz
 
4800 MHz
Memory bandwidth
192 GB/s
 
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Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire. 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
No outputs
 
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Display Connectors
DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI
 
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Multi monitor support
+
 
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HDCP
2.2
 
-
G-SYNC support
+
 
-

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
+
 
-
GameStream
+
 
-
GPU Boost
3.0
 
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VR Ready
+
 
no data
CUDA
+
 
-
Surround
+
 
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Multi-Projection
+
 
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Multi Monitor
+
 
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Ansel
+
 
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DSR
+
 
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Virtual Reality
+
 
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ShadowWorks
+
 
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API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
DirectX 11.1, Shader 5.0
OpenGL
4.5
 
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Vulkan
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 1060 Mobile 37.74
HD 8970M Crossfire 39.17 +3.8%

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

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

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

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

3DMark Fire Strike Score

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

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

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

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

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

3DMark Vantage Performance

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

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile

Much newer (15 August 2016 vs 1 May 2012)
Finer manufacturing process technology (16 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (120 vs 200 watts)
Multi-Projection
VR Ready
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)
Multi Monitor
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)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
NVIDIA G-SYNC
NVIDIA GameStream
Surround
ShadowWorks
MFAA
DSR
DirectX 12
Virtual Reality
Ansel
3D Vision Surround
NVIDIAGameStreamReady

Advantages of AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire

3.8% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)
More pipelines (2560 vs 1280)

So, GTX 1060 Mobile or HD 8970M Crossfire?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile and AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire. The differences in performance seem too small.
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