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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon RX 470 4GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 comes with a GPU core speed of 1506 MHz, and the 6144 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1280 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 470 4GB, which features core speeds of 926 MHz on the GPU, and 1650 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator 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 311 Sol/s
Radeon RX 470 4GB 270 Sol/s
Difference: 41 (15%)

Monero Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 470 4GB 750 h/s
GeForce GTX 1060 430 h/s
Difference: 320 (74%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 470 4GB should be 7% quicker than the GeForce GTX 1060 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 will be a little bit (approximately 2%) more effective at AF than the Radeon RX 470 4GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 118528 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1952 (2%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 is much (about 144%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 470 4GB, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 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

Radeon RX 470 4GB

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 Radeon RX 470 4GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2016 August 2016
Code Name GP106-400 Polaris 10
Memory 6144 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 120480 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 2048
Texture Mapping Units 80 128
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 data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video 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 the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

GeForce GTX 1060

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Comments

3 Responses to “GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon RX 470 4GB”
Christian Dandan says:

I love this site. Great work.
Thank you

MikEms says:

yw, thank you for your kind words.

Theone says:

Pixel fillrate affects useage even without AA.

4K needs very high fillrates.

rx480@ 5.8 tflops struggles with a 3.8tflops.

it is because of the much higher fillrate of the 1060.

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