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GeForce GTX 1060 vs GeForce RTX 3050

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this particular model. It features 1280 SPUs as well as 80 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce RTX 3050, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1552 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2560 Stream Processors, 80 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce RTX 3050 should theoretically be a small bit superior to the GeForce GTX 1060 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce RTX 3050 is a small bit (approximately 3%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 1060. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3050 124160 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3680 (3%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 is much (more or less 46%) faster with regards to AA than the GeForce RTX 3050, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 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 GeForce RTX 3050
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2016 January 2022
Code Name GP106-400 Ampere GA106-150-KA-A1
Memory 6144 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 120480 Mtexels/sec 124160 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 49664 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 2560
Texture Mapping Units 80 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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1060

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