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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 980


Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 2000 MHz on this card. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce GTX 980, which comes with a GPU core clock speed of 1126 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2048 Stream Processors, 128 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation 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.

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 980 408 Sol/s
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 290 Sol/s
Difference: 118 (41%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 980 20 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 19 Mh/s
Difference: 1 (5%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (38%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 980 should in theory be a bit superior to the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 196608 MB/sec
Difference: 27392 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 is quite a bit (approximately 33%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 108432 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 35696 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is superior to the GeForce GTX 980, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 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.

Price Comparison

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1060 3GB GeForce GTX 980
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year August 2016 September 2014
Code Name GP106-300 GM204-400
Memory 3072 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 108432 Mtexels/sec 144128 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72288 Mpixels/sec 72064 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1152 2048
Texture Mapping Units 72 128
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 data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are 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 higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory in a 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 drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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