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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 is set to run at a speed of 2000 MHz on this specific model. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 470, which has a core clock frequency of 926 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1650 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It is comprised of 2048 SPUs, 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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 470 should in theory be a small bit better than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 will be just a bit (about 9%) more effective at 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

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is superior to the Radeon RX 470, and very much so. (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

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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