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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce RTX 3050

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB comes with 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 that to the GeForce RTX 3050, which comes with a clock frequency of 1552 MHz and a GDDR6 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 8 nm design. It features 2560 SPUs, 80 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
GeForce RTX 3050 130 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (8%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce RTX 3050 is 17% faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 32768 (17%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 is a small bit (more or less 15%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 15728 (15%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 72288 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3050 49664 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 22624 (46%)

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 3050
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2016 January 2022
Code Name GP106-300 Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1
Memory 3072 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1552 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108432 Mtexels/sec 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 49664 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 2560
Texture Mapping Units 72 80
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 192-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 8 nm
Transistors 4400 million 12000 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 information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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