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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1060M GeForce GTX 970M 3GB
Resident Evil 8 34% 107%
New World 9% 41%
Battlefield 2042 34% 107%
Grand Theft Auto VI 45% 124%
Far Cry 6 49% 130%
Forza Horizon 5 19% 25%
FIFA 22 48% 20%
Dying Light 2 40% 116%
Star Citizen 10% 40%
Battlefield 6 34% 107%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060M are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M 3GB.

The GeForce GTX 1060M has a 480 MHz higher core clock speed and 26 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970M. This results in the GeForce GTX 1060M providing 74.9 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 1060M has a 480 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 970M and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GTX 1060M providing 23 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 1060M was released over a year more recently than the GTX 970M, and so the GeForce GTX 1060M is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 970M.

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 1060M has 3072 MB more video memory than the GTX 970M, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GeForce GTX 1060M also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GTX 1060M has 71.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 970M, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 1060M is much better than the GTX 970M.

Both the GeForce GTX 1060M and the GeForce GTX 970M 3GB have 1280 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GeForce GTX 1060M is 2886 and by the GTX 970M is 1794. Knowing that the shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1060M is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

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

The GeForce GTX 1060M requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970M 3GB requires 81 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1060M. The GeForce GTX 1060M requires 39 Watts more than the GTX 970M to run. The difference is significant enough that the GeForce GTX 1060M may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 970M.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1404 MHzvs924 MHz
Boost Clock1670 MHzvs1038 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P106-400-A1Maxwell GM204
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Sep 2016vs07 Oct 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

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GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed2002 MHzvs1253 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.2GB/secvs120.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs1280
Actual Shader Performance100%vs86%
Texture Mapping Units106vs80
Texture Rate148.8 GTexel/svs73.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs48
Pixel Rate67.4 GPixel/svs44.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections1vs0

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs81 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 27 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesyes

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6300HQ 2.3GHzvsIntel Core i7-4930MX 4-Core 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 1060M is a performance notebook graphics card based on the Pascal Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed P106-400-A1 which is a First Gen Pascal GPU.

The central unit runs at 1404MHz and goes up to 1670MHz in Boost mode. These clock speeds are the only significant difference between the desktop version and this laptop version of the GTX 1060M, which sees the desktop running at 1506MHz in normal and 1709MHz in Boost

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
The desktop version of this GTX 1060 requires 120W

Early benchmarks indicate that this notebook GeForce GTX 1060M offers gaming performance around the Level of desktop GeForce GTX 970 and the GTX 1060M will be able to run most 2016 AAA games on High settings and 1080p screen resolution. Bringing real gaming performance to the laptop market

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1060M is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a High-End Processor and at least 8GB of RAM for optimal performance.
GeForce GTX 970M 3GB is a high-end Mobile Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture.

The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds the VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) Technology which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA Technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

It equips a GPU codenamed GM204 which has 10 SM activated and thus offers 1280 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 48 ROPs. The central unit runs at 924MHz and goes up to 993MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface. The memory clock operates at 1253MHz. The frame buffer size is adequate and any extra memory wouldn't add any extra performance.

DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

The Card is known to run cool. However, ultimately, it all depends on the notebook's cooling system.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 81W, it will only be equipped in large notebooks.

Benchmarks indicate its performance is over 10% faster than GeForce GTX 880M. Therefore, it should even surpass GeForce GTX 760 and be around as fast as desktop GeForce GTX 670. GeForce GTX 970M is therefore the second fastest mobile Graphics Card as of October 2014 and AMD's Radeon R9 M290X is beaten in over 20%.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Mobile Quad Core) and 8GB of RAM for a notebook with GeForce GTX 970M 6GB.
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