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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon R9 M395X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this specific card. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 M395X, which has a clock speed of 723 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1250 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon R9 M395X 125 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (4%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should theoretically be much faster than the Radeon R9 M395X in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M395X 160000 MB/sec
Difference: 36608 (23%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be just a bit (more or less 17%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 M395X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M395X 92544 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15888 (17%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is superior to the Radeon R9 M395X, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M395X 23136 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 49152 (212%)

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 M395X

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 M395X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 2015
Code Name GP106-300 Tonga
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 723 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 92544 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 23136 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 (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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