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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 590
IntroThe GeForce GTX 1060 3GB features a GPU clock speed of 1506 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1152 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.
Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 590, which makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 855 MHz on this card. It features 512 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 48 ROPs.
BenchmarksThese 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
Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks
Power Consumption (Max TDP)
In theory, the GeForce GTX 590 is 67% quicker than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB overall, due to its higher bandwidth. (explain)
Texel RateThe GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be much (about 40%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 590. (explain)
Pixel RateIf using high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is superior to the GeForce GTX 590, by a large margin. (explain)
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.
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.
Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better 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 one second.
Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number 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 number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output 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.