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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 480

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB has a GPU core speed of 1506 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1152 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 480, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 924 MHz on this card. It features 480 SPUs along with 60 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be 11% quicker than the GeForce GTX 480 in general, due to its greater data rate. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should 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

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be much (approximately 115%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 480, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (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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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 480

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 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 max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus 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 ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs 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 fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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