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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon R9 380X

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 380X, which has GPU core speed of 970 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1425 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation 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.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1060 12359 points
Radeon R9 380X 9519 points
Difference: 2840 (30%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 120 Watts
Radeon R9 380X 190 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (58%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1060, in theory, should be just a bit faster than the Radeon R9 380X overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 196608 MB/sec
Radeon R9 380X 182400 MB/sec
Difference: 14208 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380X will be just a bit (more or less 3%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 1060. (explain)

Radeon R9 380X 124160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3680 (3%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 380X 31040 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 41248 (133%)

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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Radeon R9 380X

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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 R9 380X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2016 November 2015
Code Name GP106-400 Tonga XT
Memory 6144 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 2048
Texture Mapping Units 80 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 5000 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 megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

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Radeon R9 380X

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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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