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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 has a clock speed of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which features GPU clock speed of 1717 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1408 SPUs, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 120 Watts
Radeon RX 5500 XT 130 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (8%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 5500 XT should perform a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT will be quite a bit (more or less 25%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 151096 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30616 (25%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 is quite a bit (more or less 32%) faster with regards to anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 5500 XT, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 72288 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 XT 54944 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17344 (32%)

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 Radeon RX 5500 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2016 December 2019
Code Name GP106-400 Navi 14 XTX
Memory 6144 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1717 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 151096 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 54944 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1408
Texture Mapping Units 80 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 maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can 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 colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

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Radeon RX 5500 XT

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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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