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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 2000 MHz on this specific card. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, which has GPU clock speed of 772 MHz, and 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1002 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 512 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 244 Watts
Difference: 124 Watts (103%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 192384 MB/sec
Difference: 4224 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is quite a bit (about 119%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 49408 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 59024 (119%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is quite a bit (approximately 95%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 3GB 37056 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 35232 (95%)

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 GeForce GTX 580 3GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2016 November 2010
Code Name GP106-300 GF110
Memory 3072 MB 3072 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 772 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 4008 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 244 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 192384 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 49408 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 37056 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 512
Texture Mapping Units 72 64
Render Output Units 48 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 40 nm
Transistors 4400 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.1

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better 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 one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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