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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce RTX 3050

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB has core speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the GeForce RTX 3050, which features a clock speed of 1552 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 8 nm design. It is made up of 2560 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, 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, the GeForce RTX 3050 should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 should be a small bit (about 15%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering 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 superior to the GeForce RTX 3050, 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 data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory 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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