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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Geforce GTX 670

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB has a core clock frequency of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and uses a 16 nm design. It is made up of 1152 SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare that to the Geforce GTX 670, which features a GPU core clock speed of 915 MHz, and 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1500 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1344 Stream Processors, 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
Geforce GTX 670 13 Mh/s
Difference: 6 (46%)

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 12185 points
Geforce GTX 670 7351 points
Difference: 4834 (66%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Geforce GTX 670 170 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (42%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should in theory be just a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 670 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 670 192000 MB/sec
Difference: 4608 (2%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a bit (more or less 6%) more effective at texture filtering than the Geforce GTX 670. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Geforce GTX 670 102480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 5952 (6%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 670 29280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 43008 (147%)

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 Geforce GTX 670
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2016 May 2012
Code Name GP106-300 GK104
Memory 3072 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 915 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 6000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 170 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 192000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 102480 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 29280 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1344
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 3540 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the 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 most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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