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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon HD 7950 3GB

Intro

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

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7950 3GB, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1250 MHz on this particular card. It features 1792 SPUs as well as 112 TAUs 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.

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1060 311 Sol/s
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 229 Sol/s
Difference: 82 (36%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 120 Watts
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 200 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon HD 7950 3GB, in theory, should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 3GB 240000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 43392 (22%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 will be a lot (about 34%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon HD 7950 3GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 89600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30880 (34%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 should be much (about 182%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7950 3GB, and also should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 3GB 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 46688 (182%)

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 HD 7950 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2016 January 2012
Code Name GP106-400 Tahiti Pro
Memory 6144 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1792
Texture Mapping Units 80 112
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR 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 worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

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Radeon HD 7950 3GB

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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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