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GeForce GTX 1060 vs GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 2000 MHz on this card. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, which comes with core clock speeds of 772 MHz on the GPU, and 1002 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 124 Watts (103%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1060 should in theory perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 196608 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Difference: 4224 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 should be a lot (more or less 144%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 71072 (144%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing 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 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 35232 (95%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 580 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2016 November 2010
Code Name GP106-400 GF110
Memory 6144 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 772 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 4008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 244 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 192384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 49408 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 37056 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 512
Texture Mapping Units 80 64
Render Output Units 48 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 40 nm
Transistors 4400 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, 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 worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

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GeForce GTX 580 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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