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GeForce GTX 1060 3GB vs GeForce GTX 980

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 3GB features clock speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 3072 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1152 SPUs along with 72 Texture Address Units and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 980, which has 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 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

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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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 980 should perform a bit faster than 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 (more or less 33%) faster with regards to 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 running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 3GB is a better choice, though only just barely. (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

GeForce GTX 980

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 MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

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

GeForce GTX 1060 3GB

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