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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon RX 480 4GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB comes with a GPU clock speed of 1506 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 1152 Stream Processors, 72 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which uses a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1120 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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.

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 290 Sol/s
Radeon RX 480 4GB 267 Sol/s
Difference: 23 (9%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 480 4GB 25 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 19 Mh/s
Difference: 6 (32%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon RX 480 4GB 150 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 480 4GB should theoretically be a little bit superior to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 32768 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 4GB is a lot (about 49%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 161280 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 52848 (49%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 480 4GB 35840 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 36448 (102%)

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 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 480 4GB

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 3GB Radeon RX 480 4GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 June 2016
Code Name GP106-300 Polaris 10
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1120 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 161280 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 35840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 2304
Texture Mapping Units 72 144
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 14 nm
Transistors 4400 million 5700 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 maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses 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 higher screen resolutions.

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

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

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 480 4GB

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.

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