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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon R9 380 4G


Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB has a GPU clock 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 features 1152 Stream Processors, 72 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 380 4G, which comes with a core clock speed of 970 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1425 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1792 SPUs, 112 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

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Radeon R9 380 4G 21 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 19 Mh/s
Difference: 2 (11%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon R9 380 4G 190 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (58%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should in theory be a bit faster than the Radeon R9 380 4G overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Radeon R9 380 4G 182400 MB/sec
Difference: 14208 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380 4G should be a bit (approximately 0%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 4G 108640 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 208 (0%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing 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 380 4G 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 380 4G

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 380 4G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 June 2015
Code Name GP106-300 Antigua PRO
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 108640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1792
Texture Mapping Units 72 112
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 data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen 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 amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka 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 reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 380 4G

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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