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GeForce GTX 1060 vs GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 has a GPU core speed of 1506 MHz, and the 6144 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It features 1152 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, 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 theoretically they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 should be a bit (approximately 11%) more effective 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 perform equally good at at full screen anti-aliasing, and be capable of handling the same screen 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 ×16 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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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