GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of 980 vs 1060 among all GPUs


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T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more


Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

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Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more


Overall Score

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 

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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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More memory 8,192 MB vs 6,144 MB Around 35% more memory
Higher memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s vs 192.2 GB/s More than 15% higher memory bandwidth
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
Front view of GeForce GTX 1060

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MSI GeForce GTX 1060

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Significantly higher clock speed 1,544 MHz vs 1,064 MHz More than 45% higher clock speed
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 1,759 MHz vs 1,216 MHz Around 45% higher turbo clock speed
Higher effective memory clock speed 8,008 MHz vs 7,012 MHz Around 15% higher effective memory 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

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 980 vs 1060

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
212.26 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 1060
576.55 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
107.19 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 1060
158.41 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
1,327.24 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,764.05 frames/s

Particle simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
1,312.33 mInteraction/s
GeForce GTX 1060
1,201.95 mInteraction/s

T-Rex (Compubench 1.5) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
7.85 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
8.44 frames/s

Video composition Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
39.7 frames/s
GeForce GTX 1060
113.48 frames/s

T-Rex (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

Manhattan (GFXBench 3.0) Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX 980
GeForce GTX 1060


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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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