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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition
Halo: Reach 70% 67%
Cyberpunk 2077 30% 41%
Red Dead Redemption 2 5% 3%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 42% 37%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 5% 3%
Doom Eternal 19% 12%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 30% 41%
Grand Theft Auto VI 45% 57%
FIFA 20 50% 45%
Need For Speed Heat 5% 3%

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 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition.

The GeForce GTX 1060 has a 418 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 7.3 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 GeForce GTX 1060 has a 418 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 11.4 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 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 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 2759. The GeForce GTX 1060 having 194 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 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition requires 145 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 25 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.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 33.6 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

33.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 34.7 FPS on Control

Control

34.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 35 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

35 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 41 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

41 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 41 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

41 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 43.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

43.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 48.9 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

48.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 54 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

54 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 54.2 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

54.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 55 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

55 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 55 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

55 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 56 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

56 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 57.9 FPS on Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV

57.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 59 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

59 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 64.9 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

64.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 68 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

68 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 69 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

69 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 71.7 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

71.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 72 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

72 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 76.9 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

76.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 82.3 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

82.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 87.6 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

87.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 103 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

103 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 21.5 FPS on Control

Control

21.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 26 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

26 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 28.5 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

28.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 30.4 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

30.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 37.1 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

37.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 37.4 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

37.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 38.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

38.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 39 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

39 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 47.2 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

47.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 55.8 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

55.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 67.8 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

67.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 70.2 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

70.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 10.3 FPS on Control

Control

10.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 15 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

15 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 15.9 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

15.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 18.5 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

18.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 19 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

19 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 19.7 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

19.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 21.2 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

21.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 21.8 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

21.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 23 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

23 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 26 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

26 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 26 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

26 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 26.2 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

26.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 27.8 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

27.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 28.7 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

28.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 29.2 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

29.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 gets 43.5 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

43.5 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1506 MHzvs1088 MHz
Boost Clock1709 MHzvs1228 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P106-400-A1Maxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Jul 2016vs29 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
10
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10
2560x1440
7.9
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7.5
3840x2160
5.9
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5.7

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/svs113.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs56
Pixel Rate72.3 GPixel/svs60.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
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 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 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB created by Inno3D. 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 1114MHz, instead of 1088MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1228MHz, instead of 1178MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Inno3D's HerculeZ Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Power Consumption
According to Inno3D, the Rated Board TDP remains the same: 145W. A 500W PSU with at least 2 6-pin available recommended is required. .

Release Price
N/A.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB. Therefore, GeForce GTX 970 Inno3D HerculeZ X2 OC 4GB Edition is almost as fast Radeon R9 290X.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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