GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB vs GeForce GTX 970

GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
Memory: 3072Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 18 Aug 2016
GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB
GeForce GTX 970
Memory: 4096Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
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 suite used (22 combinations of games and resolutions).



Specifications

Core Configuration

GeForce GTX 1060 3 GBGeForce GTX 970
GPU NameGP106 (GP106-300-A1)vsGM204 (GM204-200-A1)
Fab Process16 nmvs28 nm
Die Size200 mm²vs398 mm²
Transistors4,400 millionvs5,200 million
Shaders1152vs1664
Compute Units9vs13
Core clock1506 MHzvs1050 MHz
ROPs48vs56
TMUs72vs104

Memory Configuration

GeForce GTX 1060 3 GBGeForce GTX 970
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Bus Width192 bitvs256 bit
Memory Speed2002 MHz
8008 MHz effective
vs1753 MHz
7012 MHz effective
Memory Size3072 Mbvs4096 Mb

Additional details

GeForce GTX 1060 3 GBGeForce GTX 970
TDP120 wattsvs148 watts
Release Date18 Aug 2016vs19 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)