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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Geforce GTX 670

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 features a GPU core clock speed of 1506 MHz, and the 6144 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare that to the Geforce GTX 670, which has core speeds of 915 MHz on the GPU, and 1500 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 120 Watts
Geforce GTX 670 170 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (42%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1060 should theoretically perform a little bit faster than the Geforce GTX 670 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 196608 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 670 192000 MB/sec
Difference: 4608 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 is just a bit (more or less 18%) more effective at AF than the Geforce GTX 670. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Geforce GTX 670 102480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18000 (18%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 is superior to the Geforce GTX 670, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 72288 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 670 29280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 43008 (147%)

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

Geforce GTX 670

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 Geforce GTX 670
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2016 May 2012
Code Name GP106-400 GK104
Memory 6144 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 170 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 192000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 29280 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1344
Texture Mapping Units 80 112
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 ×16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

Comments

One Response to “GeForce GTX 1060 vs Geforce GTX 670”
John Elmore says:

Is it worth getting a GTX-1060 ,over my GTX-670 SLI.I game at 1920 x 1080. I think they would be close on most games ,I liked to go to one card. I am sure the 670 SLI would be faster on a lot of games.But the GTX 1060 has a good price and it is pretty fast.

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