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GeForce GTX 1660 Ti vs GeForce RTX 3060

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti features a core clock frequency of 1500 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and uses a 12 nm design. It is comprised of 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce RTX 3060, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1320 MHz, and (Unknown) MB of GDDR6 RAM set to run at 1875 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also is made up of 3584 Stream Processors, 112 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 120 Watts
GeForce RTX 3060 170 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (42%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce RTX 3060, in theory, should be much faster than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 368640 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 294912 MB/sec
Difference: 73728 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 should be a small bit (approximately 3%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 144000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3840 (3%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 72000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8640 (14%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GeForce RTX 3060
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year February 2019 February 2021
Code Name TU116-400-A1 GA106
Memory 6144 MB (Unknown) MB
Core Speed 1500 MHz 1320 MHz
Memory Speed 1500 GB/s 1875 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 170 watts
Bandwidth 294912 MB/sec 368640 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144000 Mtexels/sec 147840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72000 Mpixels/sec 63360 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 3584
Texture Mapping Units 96 112
Render Output Units 48 48
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 12 nm 8 nm
Transistors 6600 million 13250 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics 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 that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many 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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