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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon R9 270

Intro

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

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 270, which has GPU core speed of 900 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1400 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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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

GeForce GTX 1060 12359 points
Radeon R9 270 5943 points
Difference: 6416 (108%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 120 Watts
Radeon R9 270 150 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1060 is 10% quicker than the Radeon R9 270 in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 196608 MB/sec
Radeon R9 270 179200 MB/sec
Difference: 17408 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 should be much (about 67%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 270. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 270 72000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 48480 (67%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 is superior to the Radeon R9 270, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 270 28800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 43488 (151%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 Radeon R9 270
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2016 November 2013
Code Name GP106-400 Curacao Pro
Memory 6144 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 900 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 72000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 28800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1280
Texture Mapping Units 80 80
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 2800 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units 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 processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. 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 many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

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