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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon HD 6950


Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon HD 6950, which has a core clock frequency of 800 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1250 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It is comprised of 1408 SPUs, 88 TAUs, 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 6950 200 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should theoretically be a lot superior to the Radeon HD 6950 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

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

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

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon HD 6950 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

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
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 December 2010
Code Name GP106-300 Cayman Pro
Memory 3072 MB 1024 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 MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon HD 6950

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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