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GeForce GTX 980 Ti vs GeForce RTX 3060

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti features a GPU clock speed of 1000 MHz, and the 6144 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1750 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2816 SPUs, 176 TAUs, and 96 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce RTX 3060, which makes use of a 8 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1320 MHz. The GDDR6 memory runs at a frequency of 1875 MHz on this specific card. It features 3584 SPUs along with 112 TAUs and 48 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce RTX 3060 170 Watts
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 250 Watts
Difference: 80 Watts (47%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce RTX 3060 should theoretically be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti overall. (explain)

GeForce RTX 3060 368640 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 336000 MB/sec
Difference: 32640 (10%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is a small bit (more or less 19%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce RTX 3060. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 176000 Mtexels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 147840 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 28160 (19%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is superior to the GeForce RTX 3060, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 Ti 96000 Mpixels/sec
GeForce RTX 3060 63360 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 32640 (52%)

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 980 Ti GeForce RTX 3060
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year June 2015 February 2021
Code Name GM200 GA106
Memory 6144 MB (Unknown) MB
Core Speed 1000 MHz 1320 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 3750 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 170 watts
Bandwidth 336000 MB/sec 368640 MB/sec
Texel Rate 176000 Mtexels/sec 147840 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96000 Mpixels/sec 63360 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2816 3584
Texture Mapping Units 176 112
Render Output Units 96 48
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 384-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 8 nm
Transistors 8000 million 13250 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at 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 record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. 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 fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980 Ti

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