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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon RX 6600

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 comes with a core clock frequency of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It features 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 6600, which comes with a 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 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 6600 should perform a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6600 should be much (about 51%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 1060. (explain)

Radeon RX 6600 182112 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 61632 (51%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6600 is superior to the GeForce GTX 1060, by a large margin. (explain)

Radeon RX 6600 104064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 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 Radeon RX 6600
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year July 2016 October 2021
Code Name GP106-400 Navi 23
Memory 6144 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 120480 Mtexels/sec 182112 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 104064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1792
Texture Mapping Units 80 112
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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, the better 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 are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel 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 ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

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Radeon RX 6600

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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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