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GeForce GTX 1060 vs GeForce GTX 1060 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 is set to run at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this card. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, which has GPU clock speed of 1506 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1152 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 will be just a bit (about 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 theoretically they should be equally good at at FSAA, 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

GeForce GTX 1060

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at 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 graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. 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 rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

GeForce GTX 1060

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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