1060 vs 1070 – Laptop Graphics Comparison Review Benchmarks. We’re going to be performing some benchmarks to compare the Nvidia 1060 against the model above it, the 1070, to see what the difference in performance is, and help you decide which of these cards you should get.
First off I’m performing these tests with two different laptops, while they are quite similar there are some differences to note as these may affect the results slightly. Both laptops have 16GB of DDR4 RAM @ 2400MHz, with Windows 10 running on SSD storage with all updates applied, and the latest Nvidia drivers to date are installed on both laptops.
In terms of differences, the laptop with the 1060 has an Intel 7700HQ for its CPU, while the laptop with the 1070 has an Intel 6700HQ. These CPU’s do perform a little differently, so please note that a small percentage of the benchmark results may be due to this difference. However if you’ve seen my recent video comparing these two CPU’s against each other, the difference is fairly minimal.
Unfortunately I simply don’t have two laptops with the exact same CPUs for this test, this is as close as I can get so it’ll have to do. During the tests no manual overclocking was performed. G-Sync has also been disabled in the tests, I didn’t want them to limit the FPS in any way. Alright so hopefully you’ll agree that the laptops are pretty similar, though definitely not a 100% apples to apples comparison.
The key difference here of course, is that one is running with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060, while the other has a 1070. We can see straight away that the specs of the 1070 are of course higher, so how do they compare? Let’s find out and jump into our benchmarks. We’ll cover both real world gaming benchmarks in terms of frames per second, as well as the results of some benchmarking tools.
First we’ll start with the gaming benchmarks as these are most useful. I’ve tested GTA 5, The Witcher 3, and Shadow of Mordor on both laptops. In GTA 5 I tested with FXAA on with MSAA set to x8 with a 1080p resolution and with VSync off. We can see that the 1060 wasn’t too far behind here, at 55 FPS to the 1070’s 66 FPS. Both are pretty respectable results for such high settings, definitely playable on either.
In the Witcher 3 I used the Ultra preset, and disabled VSync and NVIDIA Hairworks, and again ran at the full 1080p resolution. The difference between the two cards here gives a bit more of an edge to the 1070, which is 20 FPS ahead in this test. Again both cards are more than capable of playing with these high settings with decent frame rates.
In Shadow of Mordor with ultra settings at 1080p, the results are very close, with only a 4 FPS difference between the two cards, which I found interesting, perhaps this game simply isn’t as reliant on the graphics cards as the others. Now onto the benchmarking tools, while a useful indicator note that these results are less practical compared to the real world gaming tests previously shown.
In Heaven benchmark with the quality set to ultra, tessellation on extreme, and anti-aliasing on x8 at 1080p, the 1070 was quite a bit ahead of the 1060, though still a fair result from the 1060. It’s a similar story in Valley benchmark, with the quality set to ultra and anti-aliasing on x8 at 1080p, the 1070 came out ahead by similar amount. The 3DMark Time Spy and Firestrike benchmarks also tell the same story, with the 1070 getting a nice increase when compared against the 1060.
Finally let’s check the temperatures of each card during the testing, we can see that the idle temperatures are pretty similar here, with the 1060 being slightly cooler, however keep in mind that the cooling implementation of each laptop will factor in here too. Under load however, the 1060 was running quite a bit cooler, which is to be expected as the 1070 is more powerful.
As expected the 1070 was faster, but by how much, and is this worth it? On average based on all of these tests, the 1070 performed approximately 22% better overall. Does that make it worth picking over the 1060? Well that depends on a few factors. If the 1060 is able to give acceptable performance to you, how ever many FPS you define that to be, then save yourself some money and go for that.
You can always drop the graphics settings down a bit and increase the frame rate further. I’d be looking at the 1070 if perhaps you wanted consistently higher FPS with higher settings, or if you’re planning on getting it with a display above 60Hz so that you can actually take advantage of the higher FPS that it can provide. In the end it will come down to how much you’re willing to pay, however I think the 1060 is able to provide a great experience in most cases and should be fine unless you really want the higher settings or FPS that the 1070 can provide for a higher price.
I hope this review has helped you see the real world differences in performance between these two graphics cards. Be sure to leave a comment on the post and let me know which of these cards you’ll be picking, and leave a share on the post if you found it useful. Thanks for reading, and don’t forget to bookmark for future posts like this one.