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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon RX 470 4GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB comes with core clock 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 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 470 4GB, which features a core clock speed of 926 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1650 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It features 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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 little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB overall. (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 will be just a bit (about 9%) faster with regards to 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

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be quite a bit (about 144%) better at anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 470 4GB, and also will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (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

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). 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 get to the maximum fill rate.

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