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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB comes with core speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 5500, which comes with a core clock frequency of 1670 MHz and a GDDR6 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 7 nm design. It is comprised of 1408 SPUs, 88 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon RX 5500 150 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 5500 should be 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 32768 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 will be quite a bit (about 36%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 146960 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 38528 (36%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be much (more or less 35%) more effective at FSAA than the Radeon RX 5500, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 53440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 18848 (35%)

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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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB Radeon RX 5500
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 October 2019
Code Name GP106-300 Navi 14 XT
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1670 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 146960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 53440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1408
Texture Mapping Units 72 88
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 7 nm
Transistors 4400 million 6400 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 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 AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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Radeon RX 5500

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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.

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