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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon R9 M295X


Intro

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

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 M295X, which has a GPU core clock speed of 750 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1375 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2048 Stream Processors, 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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be 12% quicker than the Radeon R9 M295X in general, due to its higher 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 should be a small bit (about 13%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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 running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is the winner, by far. (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

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 M295X

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 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 information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

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

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 M295X

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.

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