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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon R9 380X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB has clock speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1152 SPUs as well as 72 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon R9 380X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 970 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1425 MHz on this model. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon R9 380X 190 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (58%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be a little bit faster than the Radeon R9 380X in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Radeon R9 380X 182400 MB/sec
Difference: 14208 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380X is a small bit (approximately 15%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 380X 124160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15728 (15%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 380X 31040 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 41248 (133%)

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 R9 380X

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 R9 380X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 November 2015
Code Name GP106-300 Tonga XT
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 2048
Texture Mapping Units 72 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 5000 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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