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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Geforce GTX 690

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1506 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1152 Stream Processors, 72 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Geforce GTX 690, which has GPU clock speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1502 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1536 Stream Processors, 128 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.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Geforce GTX 690 13111 points
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 12185 points
Difference: 926 (8%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Geforce GTX 690 300 Watts
Difference: 180 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Geforce GTX 690 should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB overall. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 384512 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 187904 (96%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 is a lot (about 116%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 234240 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 125808 (116%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is superior to the Geforce GTX 690, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 690 58560 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13728 (23%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Geforce GTX 690
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2016 April 2012
Code Name GP106-300 GK104
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1506 MHz 915 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 6008 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 384512 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 234240 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 58560 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1536 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 72 128 (x2)
Render Output Units 48 32 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit (x2)
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 3540 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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Geforce GTX 690

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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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