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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 has a clock speed of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also makes use of a 192-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It features 1280 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5500, which features clock speeds of 1670 MHz on the GPU, and 14000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 1408 SPUs along with 88 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 5500 should theoretically be just a bit better than the GeForce GTX 1060 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 will be quite a bit (more or less 22%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 1060. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 146960 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 26480 (22%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 is superior to the Radeon RX 5500, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 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

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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 Radeon RX 5500
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2016 October 2019
Code Name GP106-400 Navi 14 XT
Memory 6144 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1670 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 28000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 146960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 53440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1408
Texture Mapping Units 80 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill 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 get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

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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