GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB vs GeForce GTX 970

GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
Memory: 3072Mb GDDR5 DESKTOP
Release date: 18 Aug 2016
GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
GeForce GTX 970
Memory: 4096Mb GDDR5 DESKTOP
Release date: 19 Sep 2014
GeForce GTX 970

Summary

Synthetic performance index

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    104%
  • GeForce GTX 970
    100%

Relative performance

Gaming performance index

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    108%
  • GeForce GTX 970
    100%

Relative performance

Reasons to consider GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB

8% higher gaming performance.
This is a much newer product, it might have better long term support.
Supports PhysX.
Supports G-Sync.
Supports ShadowPlay (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty).
Supports Direct3D 12 Async Compute.

Reasons to consider GeForce GTX 970

Supports PhysX.
Supports G-Sync.
Supports ShadowPlay (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty).

GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB

HWBench recommends GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB

The GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB is the better performing card based on the game benchmark suit used (22 combinations of games and resolutions).

Specifications

Core Configuration

GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB GeForce GTX 970
GPU Name GP106 (GP106-300-A1) vs GM204 (GM204-200-A1)
Fab Process 16 nm vs 28 nm
Die Size 200 mm² vs 398 mm²
Transistors 4,400 million vs 5,200 million
Shaders 1152 vs 1664
Compute Units 9 vs 13
Core clock 1506 MHz vs 1050 MHz
ROPs 48 vs 56
TMUs 72 vs 104

Memory Configuration

GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB GeForce GTX 970
Memory Type GDDR5 vs GDDR5
Bus Width 192 bit vs 256 bit
Memory Speed 2002 MHz
8008 MHz effective
vs 1753 MHz
7012 MHz effective
Memory Size 3072 Mb vs 4096 Mb

Additional details

GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB GeForce GTX 970
TDP 120 watts vs 148 watts
Release Date 18 Aug 2016 vs 19 Sep 2014

Raw Performance comparison

Pixel Rate

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    72.30 GP/s
  • GeForce GTX 970
    58.80 GP/s

GigaPixels - higher is better

Texel Rate

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    108.40 GT/s
  • GeForce GTX 970
    109.20 GT/s

GigaTexels - higher is better

Memory bandwidth

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    192.20 GB/s
  • GeForce GTX 970
    224.40 GB/s

GB/s - higher is better

Single precision performance

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    3470.00 GFLOPs
  • GeForce GTX 970
    3494.00 GFLOPs

GFLOPs - higher is better


Synthetic benchmarks

3DMark 11

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    16380
  • GeForce GTX 970
    15750

Points (higher is better)


Game benchmarks

Ashes Of The Singularity

DX12, High Quality, 8m samples, 2xMSAA

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    50
  • GeForce GTX 970
    41

FPS (higher is better)

Doom (2016)

OpenGL, Ultra Quality, SMAA 1tx

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    103
  • GeForce GTX 970
    91

FPS (higher is better)

Doom (2016)

OpenGL, Ultra Quality, SMAA 1tx

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    65
  • GeForce GTX 970
    58

FPS (higher is better)

Doom (2016)

OpenGL, Ultra Quality, SMAA 1tx

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    33
  • GeForce GTX 970
    29

FPS (higher is better)

Far Cry Primal

DX11, Very High Settings

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    66
  • GeForce GTX 970
    62

FPS (higher is better)

Far Cry Primal

DX11, Very High Settings

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    45
  • GeForce GTX 970
    43

FPS (higher is better)

Far Cry Primal

DX11, Very High Settings

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    22
  • GeForce GTX 970
    23

FPS (higher is better)

Hitman (2016)

DX12, Ultra Quality, MSAA, 16x AF

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    52
  • GeForce GTX 970
    53

FPS (higher is better)

Hitman (2016)

DX12, Ultra Quality, MSAA, 16x AF

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    37
  • GeForce GTX 970
    37

FPS (higher is better)

Hitman (2016)

DX12, Ultra Quality, MSAA, 16x AF

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    22
  • GeForce GTX 970
    19

FPS (higher is better)

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

DX12, Very High Details, Pure Hair On, HBAO+

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    70
  • GeForce GTX 970
    63

FPS (higher is better)

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

DX12, Very High Details, Pure Hair On, HBAO+

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    46
  • GeForce GTX 970
    42

FPS (higher is better)

Rise Of The Tomb Raider

DX12, Very High Details, Pure Hair On, HBAO+

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    17
  • GeForce GTX 970
    19

FPS (higher is better)

Thief 2014

DX11, Very High Details

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    82
  • GeForce GTX 970
    61

FPS (higher is better)

Thief 2014

DX11, Very High Details

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    49
  • GeForce GTX 970
    44

FPS (higher is better)

Thief 2014

DX11, Very High Details

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    24
  • GeForce GTX 970
    24

FPS (higher is better)

Tom Clancy's The Division

DX11, Max Details, 16:1 AF

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    58
  • GeForce GTX 970
    57

FPS (higher is better)

Tom Clancy's The Division

DX11, Max Details, 16:1 AF

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    41
  • GeForce GTX 970
    40

FPS (higher is better)

Tom Clancy's The Division

DX11, Max Details, 16:1 AF

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    23
  • GeForce GTX 970
    18

FPS (higher is better)

Total War: Warhammer

DX12, Max Detail, FXAA, 16:1 AF

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    68
  • GeForce GTX 970
    64

FPS (higher is better)

Total War: Warhammer

DX12, Max Detail, FXAA, 16:1 AF

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    47
  • GeForce GTX 970
    45

FPS (higher is better)

Total War: Warhammer

DX12, Max Detail, FXAA, 16:1 AF

  • GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
    26
  • GeForce GTX 970
    23

FPS (higher is better)