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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon RX 540

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon RX 540

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Lower TDP 65W vs 120W More than 45% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 1060

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MSI GeForce GTX 1060

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Higher clock speed 1,544 MHz vs 1,219 MHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 192.2 GB/s vs 96 GB/s More than 2x higher memory bandwidth
Significantly higher pixel rate 74.1 GPixel/s vs 19.5 GPixel/s More than 3.8x higher pixel rate
Better floating-point performance 3,953 GFLOPS vs 1,248 GFLOPS Around 3.2x better floating-point performance
Higher effective memory clock speed 8,008 MHz vs 6,000 MHz Around 35% higher effective memory clock speed
More memory 6,144 MB vs 4,096 MB 50% more memory
Higher texture rate 123.5 GTexel/s vs 39.01 GTexel/s Around 3.2x higher texture rate
Significantly more render output processors 48 vs 16 Three times as many render output processors
More shading units 1,280 vs 512 768 more shading units
More texture mapping units 80 vs 32 48 more texture mapping units
Significantly higher memory clock speed 2,002 MHz vs 1,500 MHz Around 35% higher memory clock speed

Features Key features of the Radeon RX 540  vs GeForce GTX 1060 

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

Radeon RX 540
96 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1060
192.2 GB/s

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

Radeon RX 540
19.5 GPixel/s
GeForce GTX 1060
74.1 GPixel/s

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

Radeon RX 540
39.01 GTexel/s
GeForce GTX 1060
123.5 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

Radeon RX 540
1,248 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

gpu

Radeon RX 540  vs
GeForce GTX 1060 
GPU brand AMD Nvidia
GPU name Cape Verde GP106
Clock speed 1,219 MHz 1,544 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB 1.5 GHz 6 GB

raw performance

Shading units 512 1,280
Texture mapping units 32 80
Render output processors 16 48
Pixel rate 19.5 GPixel/s 74.1 GPixel/s
Texture rate 39.01 GTexel/s 123.5 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 1,248 GFLOPS 3,953 GFLOPS

memory

Radeon RX 540  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 128 bit 192 bit
Memory 4,096 MB 6,144 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 96 GB/s 192.2 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 65W 120W

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