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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon HD 7870 XT


Intro

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

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 7870 XT, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 925 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 1500 MHz on this particular card. It features 1536 SPUs along with 96 TAUs 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.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 19 Mh/s
Radeon HD 7870 XT 15 Mh/s
Difference: 4 (27%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon HD 7870 XT 185 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (54%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should perform a small bit faster than the Radeon HD 7870 XT overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 192000 MB/sec
Difference: 4608 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is much (about 22%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7870 XT. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 88800 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19632 (22%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be a lot (approximately 144%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 7870 XT, and able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 7870 XT 29600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 42688 (144%)

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 HD 7870 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 November 2012
Code Name GP106-300 Tahiti LE
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 925 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 185 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 192000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 88800 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 29600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1536
Texture Mapping Units 72 96
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes 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 speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one 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. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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