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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon R9 270X


Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1152 SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 270X, which features a core clock frequency of 1000 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1400 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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.

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 290 Sol/s
Radeon R9 270X 177 Sol/s
Difference: 113 (64%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 19 Mh/s
Radeon R9 270X 18 Mh/s
Difference: 1 (6%)

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 will be 10% quicker than the Radeon R9 270X overall, because of its higher data rate. (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 quite a bit (more or less 36%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R9 270X. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is quite a bit (approximately 126%) better at FSAA than the Radeon R9 270X, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card 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 processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount 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 quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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