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GeForce GTX 960 vs GeForce GTX 980

Intro

The GeForce GTX 960 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1127 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular card. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 980, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1126 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 980 13552 points
GeForce GTX 960 7627 points
Difference: 5925 (78%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 980 408 Sol/s
GeForce GTX 960 154 Sol/s
Difference: 254 (165%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 980 20 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 960 11 Mh/s
Difference: 9 (82%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 980, in theory, should perform a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 960 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 112000 (100%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 is much (more or less 100%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 960. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 72000 (100%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 is superior to the GeForce GTX 960, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 36000 (100%)

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 960 GeForce GTX 980
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year January 2015 September 2014
Code Name GM206 GM204-400
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1127 MHz 1126 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 165 watts
Bandwidth 112000 MB/sec 224000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 72128 Mtexels/sec 144128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 36064 Mpixels/sec 72064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1024 2048
Texture Mapping Units 64 128
Render Output Units 32 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 2940 million 5200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at handling 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 the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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