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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 590

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB has a GPU core clock speed of 1506 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1152 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 590, which comes with GPU clock speed of 607 MHz, and 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 855 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 512 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 48 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 1060 3GB 12185 points
GeForce GTX 590 6680 points
Difference: 5505 (82%)

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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 590 should in theory be much superior to 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 should be a lot (more or less 40%) more effective at texture 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is the winner, by a large margin. (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

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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 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at 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 that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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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.

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