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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 580


Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB features a clock frequency of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and uses a 16 nm design. It features 1152 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 580, which comes with core speeds of 772 MHz on the GPU, and 1002 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 512 SPUs along with 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 580 244 Watts
Difference: 124 Watts (103%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should in theory be a small bit better than the GeForce GTX 580 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

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

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is superior to the GeForce GTX 580, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 580 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

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 580

Amazon.com

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 580
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2016 November 2010
Code Name GP106-300 GF110
Memory 3072 MB 1536 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 max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 580

Amazon.com

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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