In this GTX 1060 vs 770 review, we look at how performance differs between the older Kepler based GTX 770 and the newer Pascal mainstream GPU, the GTX 1060.
The GTX700 series (which the 770 is part of) is based on the Kepler architecture, which is less power efficient, dissipates a large amount of heat and have a larger die than the newer architectures. But how does this affect the gaming experience? Is the GTX 770 still worth it considering Nvidia no longer provides driver updates for Kepler and older architectures? Read on and find out.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
The GTX 1060 is a mainstream GPU for desktops that was released by Nvidia in July 2016. To date, it is the most popular Pascal based graphics cards, powering up to 15% of all gaming rigs in the world according to Steam statistics. The GPU uses a different chip from the higher end graphics cards in the Pascal family. It uses the smaller GP 106 chip while the 1070 and the 1080 use the GP104.
The GP106 chip used in the 1060 has 10 streaming multiprocessors activated offering 1280 shader processing units. 80 texture mapping units and 48 render output units. The GPU runs at a base clock speed of 1506 MHz with the boost reaching up to 1709 MHz.
The GTX 1060 has a maximum memory of 6 GB although there exists a 3 GB GDDR5 variant. The memory is connected via a 192-bit interface and clocked at 8000 MHz bringing the total bandwidth to 192 GB/s.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 770
The GTX 770 is an older GPU by Nvidia that was released in May 2013, more than 3 years before the GTX 1060. It is based on the Kepler architecture and is made using the 28 nm production process on the GK 104 chip. A closer look at the GPU reveals that it’s just a GTX 680 in disguise. They use the same GPU, only that the 770 is faster and has more memory and a clock frequency increase.
The GTX 770 has 1536 shader processing units. Its base clock is set at 1046 MHz with the boost going up to 1085 MHz. The standard memory amount fitted in the GPU is 2 GB although there exists 4 GB GDDR5 GTX 770 variants in the market. The memory is connected via a 256-bit bus and clocked at 7012 MHz. The bandwidth is 224.3 GB/s.
The benchmarks for the GTX 1060 vs 770 prove that the 1060 is the better card. In the non-gaming tests by the UserBenchmark, the GTX 1060 6 GB provides 24% better texture than the 770 in the Parallax benchmark, 27% faster multi-rendering in the MRender test and 39% faster NBody calculation in the Gravity benchmark.
In the gaming benchmarks, the 6 GB GTX 1060 averages at 160 fps in CS GO at 1080p max settings compared to the 770’s average of 140 fps. Testing the game PUBG, the 1060 averages at 69 fps against 41 fps and 61 fps in GTA V against 44 fps by the 770.
The performance difference between the GTX 1060 and the GTX 770 is significantly huge. The GTX 1060 is the card to go with, it is more power efficient, dissipates less heat. It is more likely to have continued driver support in the future. That is all for our GTX 1060 vs 770 comparison. If you still have questions on this topic, please ask them in the comments.