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GeForce GTX 1060 vs Radeon RX 6600

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this card. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 6600, which uses a 7 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1626 MHz. The GDDR6 memory works at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 1792 SPUs along with 112 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 6600 should in theory be a bit better than the GeForce GTX 1060 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6600 should be quite a bit (about 51%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 6600 is a lot (about 44%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 1060, and also will be able to handle higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (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 max amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the graphics 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 maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number 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 rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach 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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