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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Geforce GTX 690

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB features a clock frequency of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also features a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It is comprised of 1152 SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Geforce GTX 690, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this model. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 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
Geforce GTX 690 300 Watts
Difference: 180 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Geforce GTX 690 will be 96% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 will be much (about 116%) faster with regards to texture 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 high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a better choice, and very much so. (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

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed 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 higher the texel rate, the better the 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 the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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