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GeForce GTX 1060 vs GeForce GTX 980

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1060 makes use of 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 particular model. It features 1280 SPUs along with 80 Texture Address Units and 48 ROPs.

Compare all that to the GeForce GTX 980, which features a clock speed of 1126 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 2048 SPUs, 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

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 980 should be a 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 will be a small bit (more or less 20%) more effective 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

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1060 is the winner, but it probably won't make a huge difference. (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.

Price Comparison

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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 largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 can be applied per second. This is worked out 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 texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially 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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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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