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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 970 EVGA Superclocked 4GB Edition
Assassins Creed: Odyssey 13% 7%
Battlefield V 45% 56%
Red Dead Redemption 2 30% 40%
PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds 5% 2%
Hitman 2 (2018) 30% 40%
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 12% 5%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 4% 4%
Fallout 76 13% 7%
FIFA 19 50% 46%
Forza Horizon 4 21% 15%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 EVGA Superclocked 4GB Edition.

The GeForce GTX 1060 has a 366 MHz higher core clock speed but 24 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GeForce GTX 1060 manages to provide 1.9 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GTX 1060 has a 366 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Render Output Units than the GTX 970. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GeForce GTX 1060 manages to provide 8.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GTX 1060 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 970, and so the GeForce GTX 1060 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 970.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GeForce GTX 1060 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 970 has 32.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 1060, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is noticeably better than the GeForce GTX 1060.

The GeForce GTX 1060 has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 EVGA Superclocked 4GB Edition has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1060 is 2953 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2873. The GeForce GTX 1060 having 80 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 970 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 1060 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 970. This means that the GeForce GTX 1060 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 970.

The GeForce GTX 1060 requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970 EVGA Superclocked 4GB Edition requires 150 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1060 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970. The GTX 970 requires 30 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 1060 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 970 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GeForce GTX 1060.

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Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Grand Theft Auto V

56 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

53.7 FPS

The Witcher III

54 FPS

The Witcher III

68.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

55 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

49.9 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

59 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

53.2 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

68 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

63.2 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

103 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

152.6 FPS

The Witcher III

32.2 FPS

The Witcher III

29.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

23 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

29.9 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

26 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

24.2 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

42.9 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

39.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 27.1 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

27.1 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

23.4 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

21.7 FPS

Battlefield 1

42.9 FPS

Battlefield 1

39.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

24.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

22.9 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

26.6 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

24.7 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

18.9 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

17.6 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

41.7 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

38.7 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1506 MHzvs1140 MHz
Boost Clock1709 MHzvs1279 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P106-400-A1Maxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Jul 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
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1920x1080
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2560x1440
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3840x2160
5.9
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GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed2002 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.2GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1792 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs1664
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs104
Texture Rate120.5 GTexel/svs118.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs56
Pixel Rate72.3 GPixel/svs63.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 27 Ampsvs500 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 1060 is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Pascal Architecture.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed P106-400-A1 which is a First Gen Pascal GPU amd has 10 SM activated, offering 1280 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 48 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1506MHz and goes up to 1709MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2002MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 400W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate that GeForce GTX 1060 offers Performance around the Level of GeForce GTX 980. As such, GeForce GTX 1060 is almost twice as fast as GeForce GTX 960 and even AMD's Radeon RX 480 is beaten in over 5%.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1060 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
GeForce GTX 970 EVGA Superclocked 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB created by EVGA. It features a new Cooling Solution and overclocking out of the box. Read below to know more.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 1165MHz, instead of 1051MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1317MHz, instead of 1178MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched. This means the Card performs better when compared to the reference NVIDIA Graphics Card but should also consume slightly more power.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System remains the same.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i7-4820K 4-Core 3.70GHz
AMD Opteron 6282 SE
Intel Core i7-4770S 4-Core 3.1GHz
Intel Xeon E3-1225 v3
Intel Core i7-4790S 4-Core 3.2GHz
Intel Core i7-4771 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-4770R 4-Core 3.2GHz
Intel Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-990X 6-Core 3.47GHz
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