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GeForce GTX 1060 vs GeForce RTX 2070

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 comes with a GPU clock speed of 1506 MHz, and the 6144 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1280 Stream Processors, 80 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the GeForce RTX 2070, which features clock speeds of 1410 MHz on the GPU, and 14 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 120 Watts
GeForce RTX 2070 175 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (46%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce RTX 2070 should be much faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2070 458752 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 262144 (133%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 2070 will be much (about 69%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 1060. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2070 203040 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 82560 (69%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 2070 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce RTX 2070 90240 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 72288 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17952 (25%)

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

Amazon.com

GeForce RTX 2070

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 GeForce RTX 2070
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2016 September 2018
Code Name GP106-400 TU104-350
Memory 6144 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1410 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 28 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 458752 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 203040 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 90240 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 2304
Texture Mapping Units 80 144
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 12 nm
Transistors 4400 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

Amazon.com

GeForce RTX 2070

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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