1660 Ti Mobile vs 970

General info

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

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.14
 
5.34
Architecture
Turing
 
Maxwell
GPU code name
N18E-G0
 
GM204
Market segment
Laptop
 
Desktop
Launch date
23 April 2019 (2 years ago)
 
19 September 2014 (6 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$229
 
$329
Price now
$682 (3x MSRP)
 
$262 (0.8x MSRP)

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 cores
1536
 
1664
CUDA cores
no data
 
1664
Core clock speed
1455 MHz
 
1050 MHz
Boost clock speed
1590 MHz
 
1178 MHz
Number of transistors
6,600 million
 
5,200 million
Manufacturing process technology
12 nm
 
28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
80 Watt
 
148 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature
no data
 
98 °C
Texture fill rate
152.6
 
109 billion/sec
Floating-point performance
no data
 
3,920 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 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). 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
medium sized
 
no data
Bus support
no data
 
PCI Express 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
no data
 
10.5" (26.7 cm)
Height
no data
 
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Recommended system power (PSU)
no data
 
500 Watt
Supplementary power connectors
no data
 
2x 6-pins
SLI options
-
 
+

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 type
GDDR6
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
6 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
12000 MHz
 
7.0 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
288.0 GB/s
 
224 GB/s
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 Connectors
No outputs
 
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

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

GameStream
-
 
+
GeForce ShadowPlay
-
 
+
GPU Boost
no data
 
2.0
GameWorks
-
 
+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
12 (12_1)
Shader Model
6.5
 
6.4
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.4
OpenCL
1.2
 
1.2
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
1.1.126
CUDA
7.5
 
+

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 1660 Ti Mobile 38.48 +4.5%
GTX 970 36.82

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.

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 97517 +33.9%
GTX 970 72819

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 13140 +39.3%
GTX 970 9434

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.

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 14818 +24%
GTX 970 11954

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.

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 20119 +25.5%
GTX 970 16033

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.

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 49309 +16.7%
GTX 970 42263

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.

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 419800
GTX 970 422295 +0.6%

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 10176 +4.5%
GTX 970 9736

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile 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 the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Both graphics cards satisfy the 100% minimum and 97% recommended requirements of all games known to us.

Minimum
100%
Recommended
97%
Minimum
100%
Recommended
97%

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

 
GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
GTX 970
1080p
 
100 +20.5%
83 −20.5%
1440p
 
59 +9.3%
54 −9.3%
4K
 
36 −5.6%
38 +5.6%

1920x1080
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
80
 
no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
66
 
no data
Battlefield 5
 
111
 
no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
104
 
no data
Cyberpunk 2077
 
57
 
no data
Far Cry 5
 
93
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
88
 
no data
Forza Horizon 4
 
134
 
no data
Hitman 3
 
116
 
no data
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
83
 
no data
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
77
 
no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
83
 
no data
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
82
 
no data

1920x1080
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
69
 
no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
49
 
no data
Battlefield 5
 
103
 
no data
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
87
 
no data
Cyberpunk 2077
 
47
 
no data
Far Cry 5
 
89
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
85
 
no data
Forza Horizon 4
 
125
 
no data
Hitman 3
 
95
 
no data
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
65
 
no data
Metro Exodus
 
54 +38.5%
 
39 −38.5%
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
41
 
no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
73
 
no data
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
71
 
no data

1920x1080
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
53
 
no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
42
 
no data
Battlefield 5
 
94 +95.8%
 
48 −95.8%
Cyberpunk 2077
 
39
 
no data
Far Cry 5
 
83
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
76
 
no data
Forza Horizon 4
 
99
 
no data
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
33
 
no data

2560x1440
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
59
 
no data
Hitman 3
 
59
 
no data
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
43
 
no data
Metro Exodus
 
30 +25%
 
24 −25%
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
26
 
no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
46
 
no data

2560x1440
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
36
 
no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
32
 
no data
Battlefield 5
 
69
 
no data
Cyberpunk 2077
 
24
 
no data
Far Cry 5
 
60
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
60
 
no data
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
23
 
no data

3840x2160
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
 
33
 
no data
Hitman 3
 
31
 
no data
Horizon Zero Dawn
 
23
 
no data
Metro Exodus
 
19 +46.2%
 
13 −46.2%
Red Dead Redemption 2
 
17
 
no data
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
 
24
 
no data

3840x2160
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey
 
22
 
no data
Assassin's Creed Valhalla
 
13
 
no data
Battlefield 5
 
38 +90%
 
20 −90%
Cyberpunk 2077
 
10
 
no data
Far Cry 5
 
31
 
no data
Far Cry New Dawn
 
32
 
no data
Watch Dogs: Legion
 
13
 
no data

Competitors of GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile from AMD is Radeon RX 580 Mobile, which is slower by 11% and lower by 22 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile:

Competitors of GeForce GTX 970 from AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 970 from AMD is Radeon R9 Fury, which is slower by 1% and lower by 2 positions in our rating.

Here are some closest AMD rivals to GeForce GTX 970:

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile

4.5% better performance in benchmarks

Much newer (23 April 2019 vs 19 September 2014)

Higher memory bandwidth (288 vs 224 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 28 nm)

Lower power consumption (80W vs 148W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

Cheaper ($262 vs $682)

Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)

More pipelines (1664 vs 1536)

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)

G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)

HDCP

So, which one is the better GPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970. The differences in performance seem too small.

Be aware that GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile is a notebook card while GeForce GTX 970 is a desktop one.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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