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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon HD 6950 2GB


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 memory 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 that to the Radeon HD 6950 2GB, which comes with core clock speeds of 800 MHz on the GPU, and 1250 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon HD 6950 2GB 200 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should in theory be much better than the Radeon HD 6950 2GB overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Radeon HD 6950 2GB 160000 MB/sec
Difference: 36608 (23%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be quite a bit (about 54%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 6950 2GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 2GB 70400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 38032 (54%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is superior to the Radeon HD 6950 2GB, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 2GB 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 46688 (182%)

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 6950 2GB

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 6950 2GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 December 2010
Code Name GP106-300 Cayman Pro
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 70400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1408
Texture Mapping Units 72 88
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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, 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 number of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core 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 also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6950 2GB

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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