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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB comes with core speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 5500, which comes with a clock frequency of 1670 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 7 nm design. It is made up of 1408 SPUs, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon RX 5500 150 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 5500 should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 32768 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 should be a lot (about 36%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 146960 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 38528 (36%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 53440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 18848 (35%)

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

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Radeon RX 5500

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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 1060 3GB Radeon RX 5500
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 October 2019
Code Name GP106-300 Navi 14 XT
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1670 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 146960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 53440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1408
Texture Mapping Units 72 88
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 7 nm
Transistors 4400 million 6400 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number 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 rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 5500

Amazon.com

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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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