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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon R9 380 2G

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 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 380 2G, which features a GPU core clock speed of 970 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1425 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1792 Stream Processors, 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 2G 190 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (58%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should in theory perform a little bit faster than the Radeon R9 380 2G overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Radeon R9 380 2G 182400 MB/sec
Difference: 14208 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 380 2G is just a bit (about 0%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 108640 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 208 (0%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be quite a bit (about 133%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 380 2G, and should be able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 380 2G 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 2G

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 2G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 June 2015
Code Name GP106-300 Antigua PRO
Memory 3072 MB 2048 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 largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, 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 maximum number of pixels the video card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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