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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 580

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB features a GPU core clock speed of 1506 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1152 SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 580, which uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 772 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1002 MHz on this model. It features 512 SPUs along with 64 TAUs 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

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should perform a small bit faster 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 will be much (more or less 119%) more effective at 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

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a better choice, 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

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 information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR 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 calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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