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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 0% 13%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 9% 3%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 12% 0%
FIFA 21 50% 43%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 12% 0%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 43% 62%
Watch Dogs Legion 4% 9%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 5% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 41% 59%
Genshin Impact 0% 13%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB.

The GTX 1060 has a 456 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 GTX 1060 manages to provide 11.3 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 GTX 1060 has a 456 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 GTX 1060 manages to provide 13.5 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 GTX 1060 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 970, and so the 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 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 GTX 1060, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is noticeably better than the GTX 1060.

The GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 4GB has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1060 is 2953 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2646. The GTX 1060 having 307 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 1060 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 970.

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

The GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970 4GB requires 145 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 1060 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970. The GTX 970 requires 25 Watts more than the 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 GTX 1060.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 29.6 FPS on Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

29.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 32.7 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

32.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 42.8 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

42.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 43.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

43.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 43.5 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

43.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 43.7 FPS on Control

Control

43.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 44.4 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

44.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 53.7 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

53.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 53.8 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

53.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 54.2 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

54.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 55.5 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

55.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 55.5 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

55.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 57.5 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

57.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 57.9 FPS on Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV

57.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 63 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

63 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 63.6 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

63.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 64.9 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

64.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 65.4 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

65.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 69.6 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

69.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 72.6 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

72.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 73.7 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

73.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 75.5 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

75.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 76.9 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

76.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 82.3 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

82.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 87.6 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

87.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 9.5 FPS on Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

9.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 15.9 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

15.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 16 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

16 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 16.1 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

16.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 17.7 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

17.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 19.2 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

19.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 19.7 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

19.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 21.5 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

21.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 21.8 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

21.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 23.6 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

23.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 26.2 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

26.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 27.8 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

27.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 28.3 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

28.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 29.2 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

29.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 29.3 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

29.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 35.3 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

35.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 43.5 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

43.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 18.6 FPS on Watch Dogs Legion

Watch Dogs Legion

18.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 25.2 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

25.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 26.2 FPS on Control

Control

26.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 28.9 FPS on Assassins Creed: Valhalla

Assassins Creed: Valhalla

28.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 30.6 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

30.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 31.3 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

31.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 38.4 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

38.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 45.8 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

45.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB gets 52.1 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

52.1 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1506 MHzvs1050 MHz
Boost Clock1709 MHzvs1178 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P106-400-A1Maxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Jul 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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10
1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
10
green tick vs
9.9
2560x1440
7.9
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7.4
3840x2160
5.9
green tick vs
5.6

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/svs109.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs56
Pixel Rate72.3 GPixel/svs58.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections2vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs145 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 Asus Dual 6GB 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 Boost 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
The GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB will allow for mid/high level performance on most 2016 released AAA games. This card can be expected to deliver frame rates of 60+ fps at 1080p screen resolution on high settings and 50+ fps on 1440p resolution.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1060 Asus Dual 6GB 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 4GB is a high-end Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture. Its relatively low release price and mind-blowing performance made it an extremely competitive product. Read below to know more.

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.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM204-200-A1 which has 13 SM activated and thus offers 1664 Shader Processing Units, 104 TMUs and 56 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1050MHz and goes up to 1178MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

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

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan and is identical to the one seen on GeForce GTX 770. The Card is known to run cool and has a maximum operating temperature of 95ÂșC.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 145W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

Release Price
Pricing is lower than the one seen on its predecessors - $329.99 and makes it an extremely competitive product.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 970 4GB is over 25% faster than its predecessor and even beats GeForce GTX 780 in about 10%.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 970 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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