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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon R9 285

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this specific card. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R9 285, which features a core clock frequency of 918 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1375 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1792 SPUs, 112 TAUs, 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.

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 19 Mh/s
Radeon R9 285 18 Mh/s
Difference: 1 (6%)

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 12185 points
Radeon R9 285 8500 points
Difference: 3685 (43%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon R9 285 190 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (58%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB will be 12% faster than the Radeon R9 285 in general, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Radeon R9 285 176000 MB/sec
Difference: 20608 (12%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB will be a little bit (more or less 5%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon R9 285. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 285 102816 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5616 (5%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a lot (about 146%) more effective at AA than the Radeon R9 285, and also able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 285 29376 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 42912 (146%)

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 3GB Radeon R9 285
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 September 2014
Code Name GP106-300 Tonga PRO
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 918 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5500 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 176000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 102816 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 29376 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1792
Texture Mapping Units 72 112
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 5000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.4

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number 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 rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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