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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 features a GPU clock speed of 1506 MHz, and the 6144 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 1280 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which uses a 7 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1717 MHz. The GDDR6 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 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 XT 130 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (8%)

Memory Bandwidth

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

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT should be a lot (more or less 25%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 1060. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 151096 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30616 (25%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 XT 54944 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17344 (32%)

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 XT

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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 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2016 December 2019
Code Name GP106-400 Navi 14 XTX
Memory 6144 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1717 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 151096 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 54944 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 largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 5500 XT

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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