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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon R9 295X2

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this card. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 295X2, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1018 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1250 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is made up of 2816 Stream Processors, 176 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon R9 295X2 21205 points
GeForce GTX 1060 12359 points
Difference: 8846 (72%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 120 Watts
Radeon R9 295X2 500 Watts
Difference: 380 Watts (317%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 295X2 should in theory perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 295X2 640000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 443392 (226%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 295X2 is a lot (approximately 197%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060. (explain)

Radeon R9 295X2 358336 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 237856 (197%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon R9 295X2 is superior to the GeForce GTX 1060, by far. (explain)

Radeon R9 295X2 130304 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 72288 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 58016 (80%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 1060

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 Radeon R9 295X2
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2016 April 2014
Code Name GP106-400 Vesuvius
Memory 6144 MB 4096 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1018 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 500 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 640000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 358336 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 130304 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 2816 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 80 176 (x2)
Render Output Units 48 64 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 512-bit (x2)
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. 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 lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

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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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