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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon HD 7970 X2

Reasons to consider the
HIS Radeon HD 7970 X2

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Is dual GPU Yes vs No About half of graphics cards are dual GPU
Much higher memory bandwidth 576 GB/s vs 192.2 GB/s Around 3x higher memory bandwidth
Much higher texture rate 268.8 GTexel/s vs 123.5 GTexel/s Around 2.2x higher texture rate
Many more shading units 4,096 vs 1,280 2816 more shading units
Many more texture mapping units 256 vs 80 176 more texture mapping units
Much wider memory bus 768 bit vs 192 bit 4x wider memory bus
More render output processors 64 vs 48 16 more render output processors
Front view of GeForce GTX 1060

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MSI GeForce GTX 1060

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Significantly higher clock speed 1,544 MHz vs 1,050 MHz More than 45% higher clock speed
Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 8,008 MHz vs 6,000 MHz Around 35% higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly higher memory clock speed 2,002 MHz vs 1,500 MHz Around 35% higher memory clock speed
Slightly higher pixel rate 74.1 GPixel/s vs 67.2 GPixel/s More than 10% higher pixel rate
Much lower TDP 120W vs 375W 3.1x lower TDP

Features Key features of the Radeon HD 7970 X2  vs GeForce GTX 1060 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

GeForce GTX 1060
192.2 GB/s

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

Radeon HD 7970 X2
67.2 GPixel/s
GeForce GTX 1060
74.1 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

Radeon HD 7970 X2
268.8 GTexel/s
GeForce GTX 1060
123.5 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon HD 7970 X2
4,300.8 GFLOPS
GeForce GTX 1060
3,953 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Radeon HD 7970 X2  vs
GeForce GTX 1060 
GPU brand AMD Nvidia
GPU name New Zealand GP106
Market Desktop Desktop
Clock speed 1,050 MHz 1,544 MHz
Is dual GPU Yes No
Reference card AMD Radeon HD 7970 X2 925 MHz 6 GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB 1.5 GHz 6 GB

raw performance

Shading units 4,096 1,280
Texture mapping units 256 80
Render output processors 64 48
Pixel rate 67.2 GPixel/s 74.1 GPixel/s
Texture rate 268.8 GTexel/s 123.5 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 4,300.8 GFLOPS 3,953 GFLOPS


Radeon HD 7970 X2  vs
GeForce GTX 1060 
Memory clock speed 1,500 MHz 2,002 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 6,000 MHz 8,008 MHz
Memory bus 768 bit 192 bit
Memory 6,144 MB 6,144 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 576 GB/s 192.2 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 375W 120W


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