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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon RX 470


Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this specific card. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 470, which features core speeds of 926 MHz on the GPU, and 1650 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units 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 470 289 Sol/s
Difference: 1 (0%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 470 26 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 19 Mh/s
Difference: 7 (37%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 470 should in theory be just a bit superior to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 should be a small bit (about 9%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be much (more or less 144%) better at FSAA than the Radeon RX 470, and able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 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

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 470

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 Radeon RX 470
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 August 2016
Code Name GP106-300 Polaris 10
Memory 3072 MB 8192 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 maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's 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 can be processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 470

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.

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