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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 980

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB comes with a GPU core speed of 1506 MHz, and the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 2000 MHz through a 192-bit bus. It also features 1152 Stream Processors, 72 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 frequency at 1126 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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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

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 980 should theoretically be a little 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 will be quite a bit (about 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 a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is the winner, though not by far. (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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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

Amazon.com

GeForce GTX 980

Amazon.com

Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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 (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result 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 anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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