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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon RX 480 4GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this specific model. It features 1152 SPUs as well as 72 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which features a clock speed of 1120 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It features 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

In theory, the Radeon RX 480 4GB should be 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 will be a lot (approximately 49%) faster with regards to anisotropic 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 is quite a bit (approximately 102%) more effective at AA than the Radeon RX 480 4GB, and able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (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 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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