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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 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this card. It features 1152 SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon HD 6950, which comes with GPU core speed of 800 MHz, and 1024 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1408 Stream Processors, 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 200 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a lot (about 54%) faster with regards to texture 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

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be a lot (approximately 182%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon HD 6950, and capable of handling higher resolutions better. (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

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Radeon HD 6950

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 largest amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Radeon HD 6950

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