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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon R9 M295X


Intro

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

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 M295X, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 750 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1375 MHz on this specific model. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 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 M295X 125 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (4%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB will be 12% faster than the Radeon R9 M295X in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Radeon R9 M295X 176000 MB/sec
Difference: 20608 (12%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is just a bit (more or less 13%) faster with regards to AF than the Radeon R9 M295X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 M295X 96000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 12432 (13%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M295X 24000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 48288 (201%)

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 R9 M295X

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Radeon R9 M295X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 2014
Code Name GP106-300 Unknown
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 750 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 96000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 24000 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 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video 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 amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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