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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 285 1GB

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the GeForce GTX 285 1GB, which has clock speeds of 648 MHz on the GPU, and 1242 MHz on the 1024 MB of GDDR3 RAM. It features 240 SPUs as well as 80 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
GeForce GTX 285 1GB 204 Watts
Difference: 84 Watts (70%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should theoretically be much better than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB overall. (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 should be a lot (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 will be a lot (approximately 249%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 285 1GB, and able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster 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 can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes 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 of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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