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Asus gtx 970 strix vs Asus gtx 1060 3gb


Hello, I need some advice regarding these graphics cards.


My pc today:


ecs B75H2-m4

2*4GB corsair vengance 1600 mhz
evga gtx 960 ftw 2gb

Thermaltake smart 600w

240 gb wd green ssd
2 tb wd black hdd

I'm playing all games 1080p high settings with my 960, but shadow of the tomb raider wont pass 40 fps, which is why I want to upgrade the gpu (cpu usage is 30-40%, while gpu usage is 99%). 


the prices for these cards are the same in my country (220 usd used)


I've read that these cards perform very similarly in almost all games, been the 1060 ahead by 7%, so the 1060 is a better buy, but the aesthetics of the 970 strix are really appealing, also considering that the 1060 is a mini card, and my case is rather big, so I like the beefier look of the 970.


any thoughts?


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I had to make the same decision a few months ago. The seller had both a 1060 3GB and a 970 so i took home the 1060 first, tested it and then took the 970 and tested it. In my experience, the 970 performs slightly better and that is also why i decided to buy the 970 over the 1060. Also the 970 has more vRAM.


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I’d go 970, as said above, it has more Vram.

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The GTX970 can OC UP TO 30% Faster but usually 15-25% ranges. Maxwell clocks well.

However,.. Pascal usually only nets a further 10-15% range, maybe up to 20%,..plus efficiencies...

So take that for what you will.. you all can easily look this stuff up.

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With the 970 being a strix model, their top tier cards, it's gonna have some higher clocks so it'll be better.

I WILL find your ITX build thread, and I WILL recommend the SIlverstone Sugo SG13B


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i7 8086k (won) - EVGA Z370 Classified K - G.Skill Trident Z RGB - WD SN750 - Jedi Order Titan Xp - Hyper 212 Black (with RGB Riing flair) - EVGA G3 650W - dual booting Windows 10 and Linux - Black and green theme, Razer brainwashed me.

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Dual Xeon X5560 - 24GB ECC DDR3 - GTX 750 TI - old Seagate 1.5TB HDD - dark mode Ubuntu (and Win7, cuz why not)


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