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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon RX 480 4GB


Intro

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

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1120 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific model. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

The Radeon RX 480 4GB should in theory perform a bit faster 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 should be a lot (about 34%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 is much (more or less 102%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 480 4GB, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (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

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 480 4GB

Amazon.com

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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 480 4GB

Amazon.com

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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