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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 480

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this particular card. It features 1152 SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 480, which has core speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 924 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 480 SPUs as well as 60 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 12185 points
GeForce GTX 480 3650 points
Difference: 8535 (234%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 480 250 Watts
Difference: 130 Watts (108%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB will be 11% quicker than the GeForce GTX 480 in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 480 177408 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (11%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB will be much (more or less 158%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 480. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 480 42000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 66432 (158%)

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 480 33600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 38688 (115%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GeForce GTX 480
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2016 March 2010
Code Name GP106-300 GF100
Memory 3072 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 700 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 3696 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 177408 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 42000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 33600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 480
Texture Mapping Units 72 60
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 (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. 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 many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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