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GeForce GTX 1060 vs GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 comes with core clock speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 6144 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, which has core clock speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same bandwidth, so in theory they should have the same performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 will be a bit (more or less 11%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12048 (11%)

Pixel Rate

Both cards have exactly the same pixel rate, so in theory they should be equally good at at full screen anti-aliasing, and be able to handle the same resolutions. (explain)

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

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2016 August 2016
Code Name GP106-400 GP106-300
Memory 6144 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1506 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 196608 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 108432 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 72288 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1152
Texture Mapping Units 80 72
Render Output Units 48 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 16 nm
Transistors 4400 million 4400 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 number of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core 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 output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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