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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 980

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980

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Higher memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s vs 192.2 GB/s More than 15% higher memory bandwidth
Better floating-point performance 4,981 GFLOPS vs 3,953 GFLOPS More than 25% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 155.6 GTexel/s vs 123.5 GTexel/s More than 25% higher texture rate
More shading units 2,048 vs 1,280 768 more shading units
More texture mapping units 128 vs 80 48 more texture mapping units
More render output processors 64 vs 48 16 more render output processors
Wider memory bus 256 bit vs 192 bit Around 35% wider memory bus
Front view of GeForce GTX 1060

Reasons to consider the
MSI GeForce GTX 1060

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Significantly higher clock speed 1,544 MHz vs 1,127 MHz More than 35% higher clock speed
More memory 6,144 MB vs 4,096 MB 50% more memory
Higher effective memory clock speed 8,008 MHz vs 7,012 MHz Around 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 1,759 MHz vs 1,216 MHz Around 45% higher turbo clock speed
Higher memory clock speed 2,002 MHz vs 1,753 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Lower TDP 120W vs 165W More than 25% lower TDP

Features Key features of the GeForce GTX 980  vs 1060 

memory bandwidth Rate at which data can be read from or stored in onboard memory

GeForce GTX 980
224.4 GB/s
GeForce GTX 1060
192.2 GB/s

pixel rate Number of pixels a graphics card can render to the screen every second

GeForce GTX 980
77.82 GPixel/s
GeForce GTX 1060
74.1 GPixel/s

texture rate Speed at which a graphics card can perform texture mapping

GeForce GTX 980
155.6 GTexel/s
GeForce GTX 1060
123.5 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTX 980
4,981 GFLOPS
GeForce GTX 1060
3,953 GFLOPS

shading units Subcomponents of the gpu, these run in parallel to enable fast pixel shading

texture mapping units Built into each gpu, these resize and rotate bitmaps for texturing scenes

Specifications Full list of technical specs


GeForce GTX 980  vs
GPU brand Nvidia Nvidia
GPU name GM204 GP106
Market Desktop Desktop
Clock speed 1,127 MHz 1,544 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,216 MHz 1,759 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card None Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB 1.5 GHz 6 GB

raw performance

Shading units 2,048 1,280
Texture mapping units 128 80
Render output processors 64 48
Pixel rate 77.82 GPixel/s 74.1 GPixel/s
Texture rate 155.6 GTexel/s 123.5 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 4,981 GFLOPS 3,953 GFLOPS


GeForce GTX 980  vs
Memory clock speed 1,753 MHz 2,002 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz 8,008 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit 192 bit
Memory 4,096 MB 6,144 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s 192.2 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 165W 120W


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Hows does the 980 SC compare?
They're not even in the same league. I'd choose the 1060.
which card will last me longer ?? the 1060 or the gtx960 if i buy now ?
the 1060s speeds do not make up for the lack of units and ROPs and most 980s will do 1600Mhz core.. 1070>980>1060. If one had to RMA a 980 a 1060 in return would not be considered equivalent. People that RMA 980s and 980s are not in stock, are getting 1070/80s in return, not 1060s. If I had to RMA my 980 Classified and got a 1060, Id be mad as f00k !
more like the GTX 1060 3Gb should be the GTX 1060 and the GTX 1060 6Gb should be a GTX 1060 Ti
Yep, GTX 1060 3gb = GTX 1055 TI :-) Nvidia screwed up with the naming convention on the lower end.
After using one GTX 1060 6GB and later one GTX 980 (the 2 are factory overclocked) the bottom line is : the GTX 980 is 15-20% faster but its 4 GB memory limits use of ultra textures like in Deus Ex Mankind Divided features or Doom 2016 at "Nightmare" textures. This is too bad because the GTX 1060 with 6GB has enough memory for 4K but not enough power. Those 2 cards are fitted for 1080p gaming at very high or ultra settings. In Crysis 3, the GTX 980 OC is clearly a winner and I can push everything to maximum details + antialiasing MSAA x4 with 50-60 fps.
1060 with 6gb ram(the non nerfed version) is about $249 980 is about $299 1070 is $400 1080 is $600 I think you mixed it up with 1080. 1060 with 6gb ram is a winner in all aspects, hands down. 1060 with 3gb ram is actually more like 1050ti on steroids. It is has a different gpu from the 6gb version, and not in a good way.
I have a 1060 6gb card. It does very well for the price. It's cheaper, with a higher performance, newer architecture, and more VRAM to ignore at ultra settings, 1080p, 60fps. It's good to have the extra VRAM to fall back on. Even with the mobile GPUs, the 1060 is more equal to the desktop version than the 980 seems to be to its desktop counterpart.
isn't the 1060 almost 3 times the price?
Yeah we did read what he meant. We were just including our own knowledge on Memory usage. Well if it means like im showing off knowledge to you, take it in that way, cause i don't see anyone else complaining about it
Just saying..... he quotes the comparisons wrongfull facts about 980 memory if you both had bothered to read instead of showing off "knowledge".
Depends on how you look at it, are you looking at a desktop card or a laptop cause the 1060 can mean both. In terms of Autocad for desktop i say that the 980 is better, but none of these cards are suited for Autocad works. their is an entirely different series of cards for that, Named Quadro have a look at those. But if you want to game and work then the 980 will be the best in this case due to its increased amount of cores
Agreed, There are other factors to consider as well such as shader units, bandwith memory, texture filter rate and so on, going with the idea that higher memory only doesn't mean anything. I have seen many people looking at laptops and while they are quoting specs they just simply say 4GB VGA, and im like wait 4GB VGA of what ? and then they are confused(And then i have to explain them about GPU's). So yeah its not just the memory amount but also the other factors play a significant role as well.
Lmao what? The 980 is 2 years old, and was the king of video cards when it came out. You understand the difference between 980 and 980m, don't you? 4GB is plenty for the overwhelmingly vast majority of games currently out. Have you not heard of the 1050 either? It's only 2 gigs and stomps the 4GB RX 460. Having more video ram means nothing if it doesn't get used.
so the gtx 980 doesn't have 8gbs gddr5 ram it only has 4 were the gtx980ti has 6 lol the only gtx 980 isnt a desktop gpu its a mobile gpu for laptops
who is better for autocad or adobe? the 1060 or 980?
the 1060 doesnt have a "Gaming" rating on this page. so it received a 0 out of 10 which dropped its overall score. But yes, the 1060 is clearly the better card. Newer, more efficient and much cheaper
However, I'd choose the 1060 due to its better efficiency and lower noise and heat levels! The difference in framerates are nominal.
My conclusion is that the GTX 1060 6GB is slightly better than the GTX-980, but not nearly as good as the GTX 980 TI with a good OC!
I'm not clear how they declared the GTX-980 the winner over the GTX 1060 6GB. They gave the 1060 the better score and it leads in most of the benchmarks. Two of the benchmarks are considered ties because the numbers are less than 10 fps difference and one knows that these numbers can vary either way by up to 10 points with each test.
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