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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon RX 480 4GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 features a core clock frequency of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and uses a 16 nm design. It is made up of 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1120 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this specific card. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1060 311 Sol/s
Radeon RX 480 4GB 267 Sol/s
Difference: 44 (16%)

Monero Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 480 4GB 800 h/s
GeForce GTX 1060 430 h/s
Difference: 370 (86%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 120 Watts
Radeon RX 480 4GB 150 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 480 4GB should theoretically be a bit better than the GeForce GTX 1060 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 32768 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 4GB is much (more or less 34%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 1060. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 161280 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 40800 (34%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 is superior to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 480 4GB 35840 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 36448 (102%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 1060

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 Radeon RX 480 4GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2016 June 2016
Code Name GP106-400 Polaris 10
Memory 6144 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1120 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 161280 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 35840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 2304
Texture Mapping Units 80 144
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 14 nm
Transistors 4400 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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