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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon R9 270

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this model. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 270, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1400 MHz on this particular model. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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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.

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 19 Mh/s
Radeon R9 270 15 Mh/s
Difference: 4 (27%)

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 12185 points
Radeon R9 270 5943 points
Difference: 6242 (105%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon R9 270 150 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should theoretically be a small bit superior to the Radeon R9 270 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Radeon R9 270 179200 MB/sec
Difference: 17408 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB will be much (about 51%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R9 270. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 270 72000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 36432 (51%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 270 28800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 43488 (151%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Radeon R9 270
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 November 2013
Code Name GP106-300 Curacao Pro
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 72000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1280
Texture Mapping Units 72 80
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 2800 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, 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 processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill 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 max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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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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