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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon R9 380 4G

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 2000 MHz on this specific card. It features 1152 SPUs as well as 72 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 380 4G, which has a GPU core clock speed of 970 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1425 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1792 SPUs, 112 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 380 4G 190 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (58%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should theoretically perform just 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 will be a little bit (approximately 0%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a better choice, by far. (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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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