NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

GTX 1060 GTX 970 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Price $ 199 $ 420 221 (71%)
Year 2016 2014 2 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 76C 64C 12 (17%)
Max Fan Noise 47dB 48dB 0.4 (1%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 498W 28 (6%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0 FPS +0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0% 0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 71 FPS 69 FPS 1.8 (3%)
Average 1440p Performance 50 FPS 48 FPS 2.2 (4%)
Average 4K Performance 29 FPS 30 FPS 1.6 (5%)
Memory 6 GB 4 GB 2 (40%)
Overall Combination Score 80/100 66/100 14 (19%)

Our Verdict: Upgrading from GTX 970 to GTX 1060 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for GTX 1060 .

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
34
27
2018 Battlefield V
68
61
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
73
52
2018 Fallout 76
78
62
2018 Final Fantasy XV
51
57
2018 Forza Horizon 4
70
64
2018 Hitman 2
61
48
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
47
44
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
50
41
2017 Destiny 2
82
91
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
71
64
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
52
48
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
43
40
2016 Hitman
60
60
2016 Overwatch
110
100
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
74
71
2016 The Division
53
52
2015 DiRT Rally
99
95
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
61
57
2015 The Witcher 3
53
52
2015 Total War: Attila
47
48
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
76
76
2014 GRID Autosport
104
112
2014 Shadow of Mordor
80
84
2014 The Talos Principle
87
88
2014 Thief
70
73
2013 Battlefield 4
85
81
2013 Bioshock Infinite
112
116
2013 Company of Heroes 2
59
58
2013 Crysis 3
61
62
2013 GRID 2
121
128
2013 Metro: Last Light
72
77
2013 Total War: Rome 2
77
80
2008 Crysis: Warhead
73
73

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
26
26
2018 Battlefield V
50
48
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
42
29
2018 Fallout 76
52
40
2018 Final Fantasy XV
36
40
2018 Forza Horizon 4
59
54
2018 Hitman 2
40
31
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
31
29
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
37
27
2017 Destiny 2
70
78
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
46
42
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
40
37
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
40
34
2016 Hitman
45
43
2016 Overwatch
76
69
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
49
48
2016 The Division
38
38
2015 DiRT Rally
68
64
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
41
38
2015 The Witcher 3
39
39
2015 Total War: Attila
31
31
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
50
51
2014 GRID Autosport
79
83
2014 Shadow of Mordor
56
50
2014 The Talos Principle
61
62
2014 Thief
48
48
2013 Battlefield 4
55
52
2013 Bioshock Infinite
73
75
2013 Company of Heroes 2
38
38
2013 Crysis 3
38
38
2013 GRID 2
86
90
2013 Metro: Last Light
60
62
2013 Total War: Rome 2
50
50
2008 Crysis: Warhead
46
46

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
16
18
2018 Battlefield V
26
25
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
27
30
2018 Fallout 76
29
22
2018 Final Fantasy XV
22
24
2018 Forza Horizon 4
40
36
2018 Hitman 2
23
18
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
16
15
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
22
15
2017 Destiny 2
35
39
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
20
22
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
23
21
2016 Overwatch
39
36
2014 Thief
41
41
2013 Bioshock Infinite
37
50
2013 GRID 2
46
48
2013 Total War: Rome 2
23
43
2008 Crysis: Warhead
43
44

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / Core i7-6700K

At 1440p, GTX 1060 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the GTX 1060 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for GTX 1060 against the competition in budget mid-range cards. In terms of memory, the GTX 1060 's 6144 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks. View Current Price List

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / Core i7-4770K

At 1440p, GTX 970 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the GTX 970 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. With regards to max load temperature, the GTX 970 's cooling is excellent at keeping it cool and under control. This combination between GTX 970 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between GTX 970 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the GTX 970 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games. View Current Price List

GTX 1060 vs GTX 970 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1060 GTX 970
Board NumberPG410 SKU 30PG401
Length9.823 inches 250 mm10.5 inches 267 mm
Outputs1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin2x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W148 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 1060 GTX 970
Boost Clock1709 MHz1178 MHz
GPU Clock1506 MHz1050 MHz
Memory Clock2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1060 GTX 970
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000GeForce 900
Launch Price299 USD329 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateMar 8th, 2018Sep 19th, 2014

Graphics Features

GTX 1060 GTX 970
CUDA6.15.2
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL1.21.2
OpenGL4.64.6
Shader Model6.16.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

GTX 1060 GTX 970
ArchitecturePascalMaxwell 2.0
Die Size314 mm²398 mm²
GPU NameGP106GM204
GPU VariantGP106-400-A1GM204-200-A1
Process Size16 nm28 nm
Transistors7,200 million5,200 million

Memory

GTX 1060 GTX 970
Bandwidth192.2 GB/s224.4 GB/s
Memory Bus192 bit256 bit
Memory Size6144 MB4096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 1060 GTX 970
ROPs4856
Shading Units12801664
TMUs80104

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1060 GTX 970
FP32 (float) performance4,375 GFLOPS3,920 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance136.7 GFLOPS (1:32)122.5 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate82.03 GPixel/s65.97 GPixel/s
Texture Rate136.7 GTexel/s122.5 GTexel/s