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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce RTX 3060

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB features a GPU core speed of 1506 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 1152 SPUs, 72 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce RTX 3060, which features GPU clock speed of 1320 MHz, and (Unknown) MB of GDDR6 memory running at 1875 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 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 1060 3GB 120 Watts
GeForce RTX 3060 170 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (42%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce RTX 3060 should in theory be a lot superior to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 368640 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 172032 (88%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3060 will be much (approximately 36%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 39408 (36%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB should be just a bit (approximately 14%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce RTX 3060, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 8928 (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.

Price Comparison

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GeForce RTX 3060
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2016 February 2021
Code Name GP106-300 GA106
Memory 3072 MB (Unknown) MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1320 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 3750 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 170 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 368640 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 147840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 63360 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 3584
Texture Mapping Units 72 112
Render Output Units 48 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 192-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 8 nm
Transistors 4400 million 13250 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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