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GeForce GTX 980 Ti vs GeForce RTX 3060

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti features a GPU core speed of 1000 MHz, and the 6144 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1750 MHz through a 384-bit bus. It also features 2816 SPUs, 176 TAUs, and 96 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the GeForce RTX 3060, which makes use of a 8 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1320 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM works at a speed of 1875 MHz on this particular 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

In theory, the GeForce RTX 3060 is 10% quicker than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti should be a bit (more or less 19%) more effective at 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 a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is a better choice, 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.

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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 largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's 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 number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the 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 number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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