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GeForce GTX 1070 vs GeForce RTX 3060

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 2000 MHz on this card. It features 1920 SPUs along with 120 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce RTX 3060, which comes with clock speeds of 1320 MHz on the GPU, and 1875 MHz on the (Unknown) MB of GDDR6 memory. It features 3584 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1070 150 Watts
GeForce RTX 3060 170 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce RTX 3060 should in theory be a lot better than the GeForce GTX 1070 in general. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 368640 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1070 262144 MB/sec
Difference: 106496 (41%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 should be a lot (approximately 22%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce RTX 3060. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 180720 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32880 (22%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1070 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 96384 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 33024 (52%)

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
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2016 February 2021
Code Name GP104-200 GA106
Memory 8192 MB (Unknown) MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1320 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 3750 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 170 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 368640 MB/sec
Texel Rate 180720 Mtexels/sec 147840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96384 Mpixels/sec 63360 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 3584
Texture Mapping Units 120 112
Render Output Units 64 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 8 nm
Transistors 7200 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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