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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 980

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB has a clock speed of 1506 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also features a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 16 nm design. It is comprised of 1152 SPUs, 72 TAUs, and 48 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the GeForce GTX 980, which makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1126 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this particular model. It features 2048 SPUs along with 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 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%)

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 980 13552 points
GeForce GTX 1060 3GB 12185 points
Difference: 1367 (11%)

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

In theory, the GeForce GTX 980 should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 is much (more or less 33%) better at AF 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 using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is superior to the GeForce GTX 980, not by a very large margin though. (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

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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: Bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units 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 a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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