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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti features a GPU clock speed of 1500 MHz, and the 6144 MB of GDDR6 RAM is set to run at 12000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 1536 SPUs, 96 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 590, which features a clock frequency of 1469 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 12 nm design. It is comprised of 2304 SPUs, 144 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 120 Watts
Radeon RX 590 175 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (46%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti should be 13% faster than the Radeon RX 590 overall, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 294912 MB/sec
Radeon RX 590 262144 MB/sec
Difference: 32768 (13%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 will be a lot (about 47%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 211536 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 144000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 67536 (47%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti will be quite a bit (about 53%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 590, and also should be able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 72000 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 590 47008 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 24992 (53%)

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 1660 Ti

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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 1660 Ti Radeon RX 590
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year February 2019 November 2018
Code Name TU116-400-A1 Polaris 30
Memory 6144 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1500 MHz 1469 MHz
Memory Speed 12000 GB/s 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 294912 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144000 Mtexels/sec 211536 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72000 Mpixels/sec 47008 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 2304
Texture Mapping Units 96 144
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 12 nm
Transistors 6600 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also 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 potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

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Radeon RX 590

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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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