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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon HD 7950

Intro

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

Compare those specs to the Radeon HD 7950, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 800 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 1250 MHz on this model. It features 1792 SPUs along with 112 Texture Address Units and 32 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.

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 290 Sol/s
Radeon HD 7950 235 Sol/s
Difference: 55 (23%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon HD 7950 21 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 19 Mh/s
Difference: 2 (11%)

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 12185 points
Radeon HD 7950 7731 points
Difference: 4454 (58%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon HD 7950 200 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (67%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon HD 7950 should in theory be a lot superior to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB overall. (explain)

Radeon HD 7950 240000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 43392 (22%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB will be a lot (approximately 21%) more effective at texture filtering than the Radeon HD 7950. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Radeon HD 7950 89600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 18832 (21%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high 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
Radeon HD 7950 25600 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 46688 (182%)

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 HD 7950
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 January 2012
Code Name GP106-300 Tahiti Pro
Memory 3072 MB 1536 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 800 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 240000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 89600 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 25600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1792
Texture Mapping Units 72 112
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 384-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 million 4313 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.1
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.2

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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