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GeForce GTX 1070 vs GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 makes use of 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 card. It features 1920 SPUs as well as 120 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti, which makes use of a 8 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1410 MHz. The GDDR6 memory works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific model. It features 4864 SPUs as well as 152 Texture Address Units 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 will be -100% faster than the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 Ti should be a bit (about 19%) more effective 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

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (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 (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1070

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