NVIDIA GeForce GTX 460 vs. 760 vs. 960 vs. 1060 Linux Performance
Written by Michael Larabel in Graphics Cards on 20 July 2016. Page 6 of 6. 36 Comments

Now onto some fun GPU computing benchmarks with OpenCL And CUDA.

The results are exciting and still speak for themselves.

Hopefully you found these OpenCL/CUDA results interesting.

During the course of all these OpenGL/OpenCL/CUDA benchmarks run on this Ubuntu Linux system with the four graphics cards, the Phoronix Test Suite provides a nice overview of the overall power use. The GeForce GTX 460 had an average system power draw of 110 Watts while the GTX 760's average power use jumped up to 197 Watts while the GTX 960 fell to 139 Watts and then with the brand new GTX 1060 the average power use was at just 134 Watts. In the few moments between the automated benchmark runs, the GTX 1060 was able to drop to its lowest power state where the system power consumption was then 37 Watts, lower than any of the other graphics cards tested.

Well, that's that if you are hanging onto any old GeForce GTX 460/760 Fermi/Kepler era graphics cards and want to know if it's worth the upgrade to the GeForce GTX 1060... Sadly though if you are a Kepler owner and using the open-source NVIDIA (Nouveau) driver, it's not yet realistic to upgrade to the Maxwell or Pascal generations and get any decent level of open-source support. So if you swear by a free software / open-source system, Kepler hardware is your best bet on the green side.

Want to see how your own system(s) compare? With the Phoronix Test Suite running on the Linux distribution of your choice, simply run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1607207-LO-NVIDIAGTX83 to compare your own system's GPU performance against all the results in this article, side-by-side, in a fully-automated manner.

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