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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 590

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB comes with a core clock frequency of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also makes use of 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 that to the GeForce GTX 590, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 855 MHz on this particular card. It features 512 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 590 365 Watts
Difference: 245 Watts (204%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 590 should perform quite a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 590 328320 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 131712 (67%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a lot (about 40%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 590. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 590 77696 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30736 (40%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is superior to the GeForce GTX 590, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 590 58272 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 14016 (24%)

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 590
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2016 March 2011
Code Name GP106-300 GF110
Memory 3072 MB 1536 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1506 MHz 607 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 3420 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 365 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 328320 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 77696 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 58272 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 512 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 72 64 (x2)
Render Output Units 48 48 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 384-bit (x2)
Fab Process 16 nm 40 nm
Transistors 4400 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 2.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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