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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon RX 470 4GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1152 SPUs as well as 72 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 470 4GB, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 926 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 1650 MHz on this specific model. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 290 Sol/s
Radeon RX 470 4GB 270 Sol/s
Difference: 20 (7%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 470 4GB 27 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 19 Mh/s
Difference: 8 (42%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 470 4GB should theoretically be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 211200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 14592 (7%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 4GB should be just a bit (about 9%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 118528 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10096 (9%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 42656 (144%)

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

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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 RX 470 4GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 August 2016
Code Name GP106-300 Polaris 10
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 2048
Texture Mapping Units 72 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 14 nm
Transistors 4400 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range 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 calculated 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 handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

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

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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Radeon RX 470 4GB

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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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