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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 speed of 2000 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It features 1152 SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 580, which features a GPU core clock speed of 772 MHz, and 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1002 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also features 512 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

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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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be 2% quicker than the GeForce GTX 580 in general, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

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

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB will be much (about 95%) better at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 580, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (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

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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