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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon R9 270X

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 270X, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1000 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1400 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1280 Stream Processors, 80 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 270X 180 Watts
Difference: 60 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be 10% quicker than the Radeon R9 270X in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB will be a lot (approximately 36%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 270X. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 270X 80000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 28432 (36%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution 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 270X 32000 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 40288 (126%)

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 270X

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 270X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 October 2013
Code Name GP106-300 Curacao XT
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1000 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 180 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 80000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 32000 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 max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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 of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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