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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 285 1GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB features core speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1152 SPUs as well as 72 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 285 1GB, which comes with a core clock frequency of 648 MHz and a GDDR3 memory frequency of 1242 MHz. It also uses a 512-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 55 nm design. It is made up of 240 SPUs, 80 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
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 204 Watts
Difference: 84 Watts (70%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 158976 MB/sec
Difference: 37632 (24%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB will be much (approximately 109%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 51840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 56592 (109%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is quite a bit (more or less 249%) more effective at AA than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 20736 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 51552 (249%)

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

GeForce GTX 285 1GB

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 GeForce GTX 285 1GB
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2016 January 15, 2009
Code Name GP106-300 G200b
Memory 3072 MB 1024 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 648 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 2484 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 204 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 158976 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 51840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 20736 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 240
Texture Mapping Units 72 80
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR3
Bus Width 192-bit 512-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 55 nm
Transistors 4400 million 1400 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe x16 2.0
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 10
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 3.1

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core 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, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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