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GeForce GTX 1060 vs GeForce GTX 980

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 has a GPU core speed of 1506 MHz, and the 6144 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 1280 Stream Processors, 80 Texture Address Units, and 48 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 980, which uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1126 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific card. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

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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.

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 980 408 Sol/s
GeForce GTX 1060 311 Sol/s
Difference: 97 (31%)

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 980 13552 points
GeForce GTX 1060 12359 points
Difference: 1193 (10%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 980 should in theory be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 27392 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 should be a bit (about 20%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 120480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 23648 (20%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1060 will be just a bit (about 0%) more effective at anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 980, and also will be able to handle higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 72288 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 224 (0%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 GeForce GTX 980
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year July 2016 September 2014
Code Name GP106-400 GM204-400
Memory 6144 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1126 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 165 watts
Bandwidth 196608 MB/sec 224000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 120480 Mtexels/sec 144128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 72064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 2048
Texture Mapping Units 80 128
Render Output Units 48 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 4400 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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Comments

2 Responses to “GeForce GTX 1060 vs GeForce GTX 980”
ROLANDO santos FRANCO says:

dear SIR/MADAM
please find me stock for 7 pcs.

Please quote if you have still stock for 1060 OR R5 & R7 AND/ or replacement RX570-4GB GPU

FOR DELL COMPUTER.

Thank you.

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Marcin Wieclaw says:

GTX 980 Is the monster pcsite.co.uk

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