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GeForce GTX 1060 vs GeForce GTX 580

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this card. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 580, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1002 MHz on this card. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 48 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 580 4956 points
Difference: 7403 (149%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1060 should in theory perform a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 580 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 will be quite a bit (more or less 144%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 580. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 72288 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 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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GeForce GTX 1060

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 580
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2016 November 2010
Code Name GP106-400 GF110
Memory 6144 MB 1536 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - 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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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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