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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon HD 6970


Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB comes with a core clock frequency of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It is made up of 1152 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon HD 6970, which comes with a core clock speed of 880 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1375 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 40 nm design. It is made up of 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation 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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be 12% quicker than the Radeon HD 6970 in general, due to its greater data rate. (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 much (more or less 28%) faster with regards to 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 resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a better choice, and very much so. (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

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 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 maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of 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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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6970

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.

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