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GeForce GTX 1060 SC 6GB Mini VS G1 GIGABYTE 970 GTX

I have choice to pick one of these cards for my new build. Just wanted to know which one would be better?

I know the 1060 SC 6GB Mini has a newer model chip ofcourse but the 970 G1 from my understanding has better memory bandwith. Which one is better?

From experience the mini gpu cards aren't the best for overclocking, but on paper this 1060 mini SC gpu edition has faster clock speed vs the G1 970 gtx, but like i mentioned before the 970gtx has better memory bandwith.

I am installing one of these cards on a system that consist of:

AMD 8350
8GB DDR3 1600MHZ
1000wat PSU antec
ssd samsung 840

this is for 1080p gaming, Games like GTA V, to BF1, to Crysis 3

which card would you prefer?
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  1. Best answer
    The 1060 will performs better than the 970 in every gaming benchmark I have seen, its more on par with a 980. I would definitely recommend the 1060 or RX 480 over the 970.
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  2. GTX 1060 without a doubt, even an RX 470 would be a GTX 970. It doesn't come close to a 1060.
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  3. so this is the card that i am getting

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487261&cm_re=evga_superclocked_gtx_1060-_-14-487-261-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=11552995&PID=8092836&SID=

    only thing i am worried about is the cooling for this GPU since it is only a single fan.. should i be worried? Not planing to OC that much, since it already comes factory OC. But should i worrY?
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  4. isogamer said:
    so this is the card that i am getting

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487261&cm_re=evga_superclocked_gtx_1060-_-14-487-261-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=11552995&PID=8092836&SID=

    only thing i am worried about is the cooling for this GPU since it is only a single fan.. should i be worried? Not planing to OC that much, since it already comes factory OC. But should i worrY?


    You shouldn't worry about temperatures, EVGA's cards have been known to be relatively cool in terms of temperature.
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  5. isogamer said:
    so this is the card that i am getting

    https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814487261&cm_re=evga_superclocked_gtx_1060-_-14-487-261-_-Product&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&cm_sp=&AID=11552995&PID=8092836&SID=

    only thing i am worried about is the cooling for this GPU since it is only a single fan.. should i be worried? Not planing to OC that much, since it already comes factory OC. But should i worrY?


    No, 1060s in general do not run very hot at all. You don't need a massive cooler with a 1060, that evga 1060 should be just fine it actually has better cooling performance than the founders 1060.
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  6. I had issues with a 1060 on a friends PC with a 8350 processor. It bottle necked hard. The 1050 TI, no issue, and the 970 isn't known to bottleneck.
    I would highly recommend going in the direction of an RX GPU. I literally spoke to friends about this issue for a few weeks now since I had a friend's PC bottleneck after using his 1060 on a 8350 and both friends recommended sticking with the RX GPU for better compatibility. Just google 1060 and bottle neck and there's a load of forums talking about this. If I didn't experience it first hand I wouldn't believe it, but it was a pretty severe bottle neck for a nice PC build.
    The 1050 TI had no issues, a 970 I've used on an 8350 had no issues, but the 1060 did.
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  7. Faike said:
    I had issues with a 1060 on a friends PC with a 8350 processor. It bottle necked hard. The 1050 TI, no issue, and the 970 isn't known to bottleneck.
    I would highly recommend going in the direction of an RX GPU. I literally spoke to friends about this issue for a few weeks now since I had a friend's PC bottleneck after using his 1060 on a 8350 and both friends recommended sticking with the RX GPU for better compatibility. Just google 1060 and bottle neck and there's a load of forums talking about this. If I didn't experience it first hand I wouldn't believe it, but it was a pretty severe bottle neck for a nice PC build.
    The 1050 TI had no issues, a 970 I've used on an 8350 had no issues, but the 1060 did.


    An 8350 will botttleneck both an RX 480 and 1060 depending on the game and resolution. An RX 480 will not bottleneck less than a 1060 when using an AMD CPU. The RX 480 is not more "compatible" with an fx 8350 than the 1060 is. I was running an fx 6350 and 1060 before I upgraded to my 7700k, it worked fine there were some bottlenecks in cpu heavy titles which is to be expected with a 5 year old cpu. The RX 480 and 1060 should perfom about the same when using an 8350.
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  8. Dunlop0078 said:
    Faike said:
    I had issues with a 1060 on a friends PC with a 8350 processor. It bottle necked hard. The 1050 TI, no issue, and the 970 isn't known to bottleneck.
    I would highly recommend going in the direction of an RX GPU. I literally spoke to friends about this issue for a few weeks now since I had a friend's PC bottleneck after using his 1060 on a 8350 and both friends recommended sticking with the RX GPU for better compatibility. Just google 1060 and bottle neck and there's a load of forums talking about this. If I didn't experience it first hand I wouldn't believe it, but it was a pretty severe bottle neck for a nice PC build.
    The 1050 TI had no issues, a 970 I've used on an 8350 had no issues, but the 1060 did.


    An 8350 will botttleneck both an RX 480 and 1060 depending on the game and resolution. An RX 480 will not bottleneck less than a 1060 when using an AMD CPU. The RX 480 is not more "compatible" with an fx 8350 than the 1060 is. I was running an fx 6350 and 1060 before I upgraded to my 7700k, it worked fine there were some bottlenecks in cpu heavy titles which is to be expected with a 5 year old cpu. The RX 480 and 1060 should perfom about the same when using an 8350.


    I'm not arguing that it will not outperform the other cards, I'm just saying that it might bottle neck more so with the 1060. I read that the 480 also bottle necks, which is why I think the 470 would be a nice choice.
    The 1060 bottleneck was just really nasty to deal with for my friend and didn't want to offer advice I saw that personally made my friend swear off all AMD products because of a stupid bottleneck.
    I am also talking about CPU heavy titles like blizzard games as well. So everything you said was right, I was just approaching the question as if he was playing overwatch or something, where the CPU usage is very high and the bottle neck is very real.
    I would personally get the 470 to prevent any bottlenecks. Nvidia has been giving me and some friends issues with the 8350 processors, but it could just be the fact we play CPU heavy games.
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  9. I don't think it would bottleneck more so with the 1060, there is no logical reason for it to if both cards perform the same in a given game. If the 480 performed better than the 1060 in a particular game I would expect the 8350 to bottleneck it more in said game and if the 1060 performed better than the 480 in a particular game I would expect the 8350 to bottleneck it more.

    And how is a bottleneck nasty to deal with? You act like it cripples the PC. A cpu bottleneck just keeps the gpu from performing as well as it could with a more powerful cpu, using a less powerful gpu that wont bottleneck the cpu will not make the system perform better. Your friend should have looked up some benchmarks before buying an inadequate processor, kind of ridiculous to boycott a company because they didn't properly research what cpu to buy.

    I have not heard of any issues concerning compatibility between nvidia gpu's and AMD cpu's, nor have I experienced any and I used an nvidia gpu plus amd cpu combo for years.
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  10. Oh, I guess I overdramatized it. It was just upsetting because building tons of budget gaming builds for people, I never experienced an issue with bottlenecking before, and he spent a lot of time having me try and figure out why his FPS was having issues.

    The concerns about compatibility arose after talking to several other PC builders who have had issues with nvidia and amd processors (as I was asking around about why the bottlenecking was occuring). It's also found a bit in some documentation online: http://www.pcworld.com/article/3147846/computers/intel-may-use-amd-gpus-to-challenge-nvidias-rising-power.html
    I never experienced issues myself until literally recently with that one particular PC.
    I actually did look up benchmarks and they were pretty much the same, give or take 10 FPS. But he didn't say what card he had, and after seeing on the forums the bottlenecking list which states clearly that it does bottle neck, it's pretty obvious that both the rx 480 and the 1060 would bottleneck with the 8350.
    I didn't say I was boycotting anything either o_O.
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  11. Dunlop0078 said:
    The 1060 will performs better than the 970 in every gaming benchmark I have seen, its more on par with a 980. I would definitely recommend the 1060 or RX 480 over the 970.


    then ill guess u never had a g1 gaming gtx 970 cause i have 2 rigs same everything but the video card a g1 gaming gtx 970 and a gtx 1060 evga ssc and i can tell you this its pretty much the same on almost every game that is not vram hungry like SHADOW OF MORDOR maybe 5 to 8 fps on stock for the gtx 1060 but when i OC both the gtx 970 gets better in most games than the gtx 1060 and for what i have seen and hear the evga ssc is the best gtx 1060 on market AND DONT JOKE AROUND SAYING A RX 470 WILL BEAT A GTX 970 a rx 480 on dx 12 games will for sure but not a 470 on anything
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  12. Luis_89 said:
    Dunlop0078 said:
    The 1060 will performs better than the 970 in every gaming benchmark I have seen, its more on par with a 980. I would definitely recommend the 1060 or RX 480 over the 970.


    then ill guess u never had a g1 gaming gtx 970 cause i have 2 rigs same everything but the video card a g1 gaming gtx 970 and a gtx 1060 evga ssc and i can tell you this its pretty much the same on almost every game that is not vram hungry like SHADOW OF MORDOR maybe 5 to 8 fps on stock for the gtx 1060 but when i OC both the gtx 970 gets better in most games than the gtx 1060 and for what i have seen and hear the evga ssc is the best gtx 1060 on market AND DONT JOKE AROUND SAYING A RX 470 WILL BEAT A GTX 970 a rx 480 on dx 12 games will for sure but not a 470 on anything


    Did you make an account just to post this? The EVGA SSC is a reference card with an ACX cooler on it, there is nothing wrong with that but it is certainly not the best 1060 on the market. And if you have seen one 970 you have pretty much seen them all, they all perform within a few percent of each other. Cards with upgraded VRM's and open air coolers may overclock a bit higher and maintain those clocks longer, but still they will all perform within a few percent of each other when overclocked unless you have a real silicon lottery winner.

    I'm not sure what your at home testing hows but I am going off benchmarks from professional sites that I trust not the word of some random guy on the internet and these benchmarks show the 1060 outperforming the 970 in pretty much everything. Not by much granted usually only a few percent, but many of those benchmarks were done on early 1060 drivers. At the time this was written you could not find 970s for 150 dollars so the 1060 was better value as well. The 970 may catch up with a heavy overclock, but the 1060 will pull ahead again if you overclock it as well.
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