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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this particular card. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 5500, which has core clock speeds of 1670 MHz on the GPU, and 14000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 5500 will be 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 will be a lot (more or less 22%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 will be a lot (more or less 35%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 5500, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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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.

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