NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)

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The mobile Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is a graphics card for high end laptops. It is based on the Pascal architecture and manufactured in 16 nm FinFET at TSMC. The GPU is using the smaller GP106 chip. Compared to the desktop version of the GTX 1060, the laptop version offers the same amount of shaders but slightly lower clock rates. The TDP is slightly less than the old GTX 970M (predecessor).

For thin and light laptops Nvidia offer a Max-Q called version of the GTX 1060 with lower TDP and also significantly lower performance. Sadly this variant im sold with the same GTX 1060 name, making it hard to judge the performance.

The performance of the mobile GTX 1060 is a few percent below a reference GTX 1060 desktop card. In our benchmark so far (no max-Q version) the mobile GTX 1060 was somewhere between -1 and -16% slower than a desktop variant. A comprehensive review of the dekstop GeForce GTX 1060 Founders Edition with 6 GB GDDR5 can be found here. Therefore, the card is most suited for Full HD or WQHD gaming in high to maximum details (see benchmarks below).

The GP106 chip is produced in 16nm FinFET at TSMC and offers a range of new features, like DisplayPort 1.4 (ready), HDMI 2.0b, HDR, Simultaneous Multi-Projection (SMP) and improved H.265 video de- and encoding (PlayReady 3.0). A list of improvements and features can be found in our article on the Pascal architecture.

The power consumption is specified with a TGP of 80 Watt and therefore slightly below the old GTX 970M. Since summer 2017 a low power variant (Max-Q) is available for thin and light laptops with reduced performance and a lower TGP of 60 - 70 Watt.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M is an upper mid-range, DirectX 11-compatible graphics card for laptops unveiled in March 2015. It is based on Nvidia's Maxwell architecture (GM107 chip) and manufactured in 28 nm. The GTX 960M offers 640 shader units clocked at 1097 - 1202 MHz (Boost) as well as fast GDDR5 memory (128 bit, 5000 MHz effective, 80 GB/s).

Compared to the previous and technically very similar GTX 860M, the GTX 960M is clocked slightly higher.

Architecture

Compared to Kepler, Maxwell has been optimized in several details to increase power efficiency. Smaller Streaming Multiprocessors (SMM) with only 128 ALUs (Kepler: 192) and an optimized scheduler should lead to better utilization of the shaders. Nvidia promises that a Maxwell SMM with 128 ALUs can offer 90 percent of the performance of a Kepler SMX with 192 ALUs. GM107 features 5 SMMs and thus 640 shader cores, 40 TMUs and 16 ROPs (128-bit interface).

Another optimization is the massively enlarged L2 cache (GM107: 2 MB). The increased size can handle some of the memory traffic to allow for a relatively narrow memory interface without significantly reducing the performance.

GM107 supports DirectX 12 with feature level 11_0 only.

Performance

Although the GTX 960M has the same memory bandwidth as the previous GTX 860M, its higher core clock leads to a slightly better performance. Overall, the 960M is almost 10 percent faster and similar to the desktop GTX 750 Ti.

Many games of 2014/2015 can be played fluently in FullHD resolution and high detail settings. However, very demanding games such as Assassin's Creed Unity will require lower resolutions and/or details.

Features

GM107 integrates the sixth generation of the PureVideo HD video engine (VP6), offering a better decoding performance for H.264 and MPEG-2 videos. Of course, VP6 supports all features of previous generations (4K support, PIP, video encoding via NVENC API). Unfortunately, HDMI 2.0 is still not supported.

Power Consumption

The power consumption of the GeForce GTX 960M should be similar to the old GTX 860M (about 60 watts). Therefore, the GPU is best suited for 15-inch laptops or larger. The 900M series also supports Optimus to automatically switch between an integrated graphics card and the Nvidia GPU.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M is a high end DirectX 11.2 graphics card for laptops. The card is not yet officially announced and therefore the following information is based on rumors and leaks. The card based on the GM204 Maxwell chip, that is already available in the desktop GeForce GTX 970 and 980. Thanks to the improved efficiency, the GTX970M should be clearly faster than the previous GTX 870M and even the old GTX 880M.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960MNVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
ManufacturerNVIDIANVIDIANVIDIA
GeForce GTX 900M Series
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 3584 @ 1481 - 1600 (Boost) MHz352 Bit @ 11000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop) 5120 @ 1556 - 1733 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Desktop) 3840 @ 1506 - 1683 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop) 4096 @ 1443 - 1645 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop) 2560 @ 1607 - 1733 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) 2560 @ 1566 - 1733 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti (Desktop) 2432 @ 1607 - 1683 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Desktop) 1920 @ 1506 - 1683 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q 2560 @ 1101 - 1290 - 1278 - 1468 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 10000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop) 2048 @ 1443 - 1645 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q 2048 @ 1101 - 1215 - 1265 - 1379 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Desktop) 1280 @ 1506 - 1708 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop) 1280 @ 1404 - 1670 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q 1280 @ 1063 - 1265 - 1341 - 1480 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 8000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Laptop) 768 @ 1493 - 1620 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Desktop) 768 @ 1290 - 1392 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q 768 @ 1151 – 1290 - 1290 – 1417 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Desktop) 640 @ 1354 - 1455 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7008 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 (Laptop) 640 @ 1354 - 1493 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GTX 1050 Max-Q 640 @ 999 - 1189 - 1139 - 1328 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 7000 MHz
GeForce GT 1030 (Desktop) 384 @ 1228 - 1670 (Boost) MHz64 Bit @ 6000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980M SLI 3072 @ 1038 - 1127 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M SLI 2560 @ 924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz2x 192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M SLI 2048 @ 924 - 950 (Boost) MHz2x 128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980M 1536 @ 1038 - 1127 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M 1280 @ 924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M 1024 @ 924 / 935 - 950 / 1151 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 960M 640 @ 1096 - 1202 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 950M 640 @ 914 - 993 - 1124 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 1800 - 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980M SLI 3072 @ 1038 - 1127 (Boost) MHz2x 256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M SLI 2560 @ 924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz2x 192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M SLI 2048 @ 924 - 950 (Boost) MHz2x 128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 980M 1536 @ 1038 - 1127 (Boost) MHz256 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 970M 1280 @ 924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz192 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 965M 1024 @ 924 / 935 - 950 / 1151 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 960M 640 @ 1096 - 1202 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 5000 MHz
GeForce GTX 950M 640 @ 914 - 993 - 1124 (Boost) MHz128 Bit @ 1800 - 5000 MHz
CodenameN17E-G1N16P-GX
ArchitecturePascalMaxwellMaxwell
1280 - 640 - 1280 -
Core1404 - 1670 (Boost) MHz1096 - 1202 (Boost) MHz924 - 1038 (Boost) MHz
Memory8000 MHz5000 MHz5000 MHz
Bus192 Bit128 Bit192 Bit
MemoryGDDR5GDDR5GDDR5
Max. Memory6.144 MB4096 MB6144 MB
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DirectXDirectX 12_1DirectX 12 (FL 11_0), 5.0DirectX 12 (FL 12_1), 5.0
Transistors4400 Million1870 Million5200 Million
Technology16 nm28 nm28 nm
FeaturesMulti-Projection, VR Ready, G-SYNC, Vulkan, Multi MonitorBattery Boost, GameStream, ShadowPlay, GPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, SLI, GeForce Experience, GameWorks, Adaptive VSync, DSR, AnselBattery Boost, GameStream, ShadowPlay, GPU Boost 2.0, Optimus, PhysX, CUDA, SLI, GeForce Experience, DSR, Ansel, G-SYNC
Size
Introduced18.08.2016 12.03.2015 07.10.2014
Manufacturerhttp://www.nvidia.de/graphics-cards/gefo...http://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook...http://www.geforce.com/hardware/notebook...

3DMark - Time Spy Score 2560x1440
min: 3339     avg: 3630.9     median: 3618 (28%)     max: 4027 Points
min: 1198     avg: 1202     median: 1202 (9%)     max: 1206 Points
3DMark - Time Spy Graphics 2560x1440
min: 3396     avg: 3600.6     median: 3580.5 (25%)     max: 3790 Points
min: 1138     avg: 1148     median: 1148 (8%)     max: 1158 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score 1280x720 offscreen
min: 235897     avg: 303665     median: 298378 (56%)     max: 389909 Points
min: 191856     avg: 224199     median: 226308 (43%)     max: 251562 Points
min: 265020     avg: 277485     median: 274626 (52%)     max: 303296 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Extreme Graphics 1920x1080
min: 33205     avg: 152262     median: 158427 (22%)     max: 257260 Points
min: 27912     avg: 90551.1     median: 106594 (15%)     max: 131124 Points
min: 42740     avg: 103456     median: 96678 (13%)     max: 203891 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Score 1280x720
min: 15234     avg: 25037     median: 24326.5 (41%)     max: 36010 Points
min: 4513     avg: 15112.8     median: 16283 (27%)     max: 19618 Points
min: 13453     avg: 20336.9     median: 20720 (35%)     max: 22537 Points
3DMark - Cloud Gate Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 26770     avg: 71236.8     median: 74604.5 (40%)     max: 86193 Points
min: 21403     avg: 29219.9     median: 30085.5 (16%)     max: 33474 Points
min: 24050     avg: 48403.3     median: 51247 (28%)     max: 55797 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Score 1920x1080
min: 8563     avg: 9799.1     median: 9739 (36%)     max: 10794 Points
min: 2990     avg: 3926.8     median: 3984 (15%)     max: 4340 Points
min: 5982     avg: 6571.7     median: 6565 (25%)     max: 7124 Points
3DMark - Fire Strike Graphics 1920x1080
min: 10708     avg: 11547.3     median: 11558 (28%)     max: 12298 Points
min: 3906     avg: 4294.4     median: 4318 (11%)     max: 4705 Points
min: 7241     avg: 7481.7     median: 7463 (18%)     max: 8216 Points
3DMark - Ice Storm Standard Graphics 1280x720
min: 26301     avg: 177989     median: 191586 (26%)     max: 295848 Points
min: 28134     avg: 100084     median: 112891 (15%)     max: 200269 Points
min: 48702     avg: 130534     median: 116692 (16%)     max: 340853 Points
3DMark 11 - Performance 1280x720
min: 10386     avg: 12450.2     median: 12449 (40%)     max: 14618 points
min: 3527     avg: 5444.3     median: 5535.5 (18%)     max: 6161 points
min: 8533     avg: 9369.3     median: 9403 (30%)     max: 10936 points
3DMark 11 - Performance GPU 1280x720
min: 12620     avg: 14692.3     median: 14693 (29%)     max: 15607 points
min: 4826     avg: 5276.6     median: 5278 (10%)     max: 5901 points
min: 9439     avg: 9950.2     median: 9877.5 (19%)     max: 12446 points
3DMark Vantage
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
P Result 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
P GPU no PhysX 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
3DMark 03 - Standard 1024x768
87152 Points (46%)
3DMark 05 - Standard 1024x768
23823 Points (51%)
3DMark 06 Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M
Standard 1280x1024 + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970M
Unigine Valley 1.0 - Extreme HD DirectX 1920x1080
81.7 fps (57%)
Unigine Heaven 3.0 - DX 11, Normal Tessellation, High Shaders 1920x1080
min: 56     avg: 56.2     median: 56.2 (21%)     max: 56.3 fps
min: 91.6     avg: 92.8     median: 93 (35%)     max: 93.7 fps
Unigine Heaven 2.1 - high, Tesselation (normal), DirectX11 1280x1024
68.7 fps (31%)
SPECviewperf 11
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SPECviewperf 12
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Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
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Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop)
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