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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon R7 240

Intro

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

Compare that to the Radeon R7 240, which features GPU clock speed of 730 MHz, and 2048 MB of DDR3 RAM set to run at 900 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 320 Stream Processors, 20 TAUs, and 8 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.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1060 12359 points
Radeon R7 240 1218 points
Difference: 11141 (915%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 240 30 Watts
GeForce GTX 1060 120 Watts
Difference: 90 Watts (300%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 1060 should in theory be a lot better than the Radeon R7 240 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 196608 MB/sec
Radeon R7 240 28800 MB/sec
Difference: 167808 (583%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 should be a lot (about 725%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R7 240. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 240 14600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 105880 (725%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 is superior to the Radeon R7 240, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 240 5840 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 66448 (1138%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 Radeon R7 240
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2016 October 2013
Code Name GP106-400 Oland PRO
Memory 6144 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 730 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 1800 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 30 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 28800 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 14600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 5840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 320
Texture Mapping Units 80 20
Render Output Units 48 8
Bus Type GDDR5 DDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 1040 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

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Radeon R7 240

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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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