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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Geforce GTX 670

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 has a clock frequency of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Geforce GTX 670, which has GPU core speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1500 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1344 Stream Processors, 112 Texture Address Units, 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.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1060 12359 points
Geforce GTX 670 7351 points
Difference: 5008 (68%)

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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 1060 should in theory be just a bit superior to the Geforce GTX 670 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 is a little 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 running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 is a better choice, by a large margin. (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

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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 x16 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 max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max 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.

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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