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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon RX 480 4GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 2000 MHz on this particular card. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which features a clock frequency of 1120 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It is made up of 2304 SPUs, 144 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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

The Radeon RX 480 4GB should in theory perform just a bit faster than 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 should be quite a bit (about 49%) better 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

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB will be quite a bit (about 102%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 480 4GB, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (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

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Radeon RX 480 4GB

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 largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 can be applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that 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 amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Radeon RX 480 4GB

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