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GeForce GTX 1070 vs GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1920 SPUs along with 120 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, which has GPU clock speed of 1410 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 4864 SPUs, 152 TAUs, and 80 ROPs.

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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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 1070 should be -100% faster than the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti in general, due to its greater data rate. (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 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 little bit (about 17%) better at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 1070, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at 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 video card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1070

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GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

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