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GeForce GTX 1070 vs GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1506 MHz, and the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 2000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1920 Stream Processors, 120 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, which comes with core speeds of 1410 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 4864 SPUs along with 152 TAUs and 80 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1070 150 Watts
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 200 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (33%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 1070, in theory, should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 262144 MB/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 Ti (Unknown) MB/sec
Difference: 262144 (-100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is just a bit (approximately 19%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1070. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 214320 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1070 180720 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 33600 (19%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti should be a bit (approximately 17%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 1070, and able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 112800 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 1070 96384 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 16416 (17%)

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 1070 GeForce RTX 3060 Ti
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2016 December 2020
Code Name GP104-200 GA104 Ampere
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1410 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 200 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec (Unknown) MB/sec
Texel Rate 180720 Mtexels/sec 214320 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96384 Mpixels/sec 112800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 4864
Texture Mapping Units 120 152
Render Output Units 64 80
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 8 nm
Transistors 7200 million 17400 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, 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 number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of 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 worked out by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1070

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