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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon R9 270

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB features core speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 270, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 900 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1400 MHz on this model. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be 10% quicker than the Radeon R9 270 overall, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is quite a bit (approximately 51%) better at texture filtering 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 using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is superior to the Radeon R9 270, by a large margin. (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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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon R9 270

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 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core 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 output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably 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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