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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 580 3GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB features core clock speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 580 3GB, which features core clock speeds of 772 MHz on the GPU, and 1002 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 512 SPUs as well as 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

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should theoretically perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 580 3GB overall. (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 should be a lot (about 119%) better at AF 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

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is the winner, by far. (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

GeForce GTX 580 3GB

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 largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of 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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