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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon HD 6970

Intro

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

Compare that to the Radeon HD 6970, which makes use of a 40 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 880 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1375 MHz on this model. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon HD 6970 250 Watts
Difference: 130 Watts (108%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB, in theory, should be a bit faster than the Radeon HD 6970 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6970 176000 MB/sec
Difference: 20608 (12%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a lot (more or less 28%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6970. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6970 84480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23952 (28%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is superior to the Radeon HD 6970, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6970 28160 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 44128 (157%)

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

Radeon HD 6970

Amazon.com

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Radeon HD 6970
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 December 2010
Code Name GP106-300 Cayman XT
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 880 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 250 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 84480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 28160 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1536
Texture Mapping Units 72 96
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 40 nm
Transistors 4400 million 2640 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 largest amount of data (in units of MB 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 speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, 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 texture units 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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