NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile vs AMD Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire
Comparison of GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire architecture, market type and release date.
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.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Maximum GPU temperature
Texture fill rate
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.
PCIe 3.0 x16
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.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
2x 256 Bit
Memory clock speed
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.
DP 1.43, HDMI 2.0b, Dual Link-DVI
Multi monitor support
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.
APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX 11.1, Shader 5.0
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%
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)
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)
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)
3D Vision Surround
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.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 1060 Mobile and Radeon HD 8970M Crossfire, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.