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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs Radeon RX 6600

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB has a GPU clock speed of 1506 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 1152 Stream Processors, 72 TAUs, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 6600, which features a core clock speed of 1626 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 7 nm design. It is comprised of 1792 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
Radeon RX 6600 132 Watts
Difference: 12 Watts (10%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 6600 should theoretically be a little bit superior to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 6600 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 32768 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6600 will be a lot (more or less 68%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

Radeon RX 6600 182112 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 73680 (68%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6600 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 6600 104064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 31776 (44%)

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 Radeon RX 6600
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2016 October 2021
Code Name GP106-300 Navi 23
Memory 3072 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1626 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 132 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 182112 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 104064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 1792
Texture Mapping Units 72 112
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 7 nm
Transistors 4400 million 11060 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 largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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