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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 980M

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M

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More memory 8,192 MB vs 6,144 MB Around 35% more memory
More render output processors 64 vs 48 16 more render output processors
Front view of GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q

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Significantly higher effective memory clock speed 8,008 MHz vs 5,012 MHz Around 60% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher clock speed 1,265 MHz vs 1,038 MHz More than 20% higher clock speed
Significantly higher turbo clock speed 1,480 MHz vs 1,127 MHz More than 30% higher turbo clock speed
Higher memory bandwidth 192.2 GB/s vs 160.4 GB/s Around 20% higher memory bandwidth
Significantly higher memory clock speed 2,002 MHz vs 1,253 MHz Around 60% higher memory clock speed

Features Key features of the GeForce GTX 980M  vs 1060 Max-Q 

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

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

GeForce GTX 980M
66.4 GPixel/s
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
60.7 GPixel/s

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

GeForce GTX 980M
99.6 GTexel/s
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
101.2 GTexel/s

floating point performance How fast the gpu can crunch numbers

GeForce GTX 980M
3,189 GFLOPS
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q
3,238 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 980M  vs
1060 Max-Q 
GPU brand Nvidia Nvidia
GPU name GM204 GP106
Clock speed 1,038 MHz 1,265 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,127 MHz 1,480 MHz
Is dual GPU No No
Reference card Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 540 MHz 8 GB None

raw performance

Shading units 1,536 1,280
Texture mapping units 96 80
Render output processors 64 48
Pixel rate 66.4 GPixel/s 60.7 GPixel/s
Texture rate 99.6 GTexel/s 101.2 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 3,189 GFLOPS 3,238 GFLOPS


GeForce GTX 980M  vs
1060 Max-Q 
Memory clock speed 1,253 MHz 2,002 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 5,012 MHz 8,008 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit 192 bit
Memory 8,192 MB 6,144 MB
Memory type GDDR5 GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 160.4 GB/s 192.2 GB/s


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