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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Geforce GTX 680

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 has a GPU core clock speed of 1506 MHz, and the 6144 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Geforce GTX 680, which has clock speeds of 1006 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 128 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.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1060 12359 points
Geforce GTX 680 7650 points
Difference: 4709 (62%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 120 Watts
Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (63%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1060 should be 2% faster than the Geforce GTX 680 overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 196608 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
Difference: 4352 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 will be a bit (approximately 7%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 8288 (7%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 is superior to the Geforce GTX 680, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 72288 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 40096 (125%)

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 680
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2016 March 2012
Code Name GP106-400 GK104
Memory 6144 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1006 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 6008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 195 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 192256 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 128768 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 32192 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1536
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 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 maximum amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

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Geforce GTX 680

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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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