NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB vs 980

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 980 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
41.68
 
59.27
Architecture
Pascal
 
Maxwell
Code name
GP106
 
GM204
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
19 July 2016
 
19 September 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
$299
 
$549
Price now
$270
 
$223

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 980's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 980's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
1280
 
2048
CUDA cores
no data
 
2048
Core clock speed
1506 MHz
 
no data
Boost Clock
1708 MHz
 
1216 MHz
Transistor count
4,400 million
 
5,200 million
Manufacturing process technology
16 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
120 Watt
 
165 Watt
Texture fill rate
136.7 GTexel / s
 
144 billion / sec
Floating-point performance
4,375 gflops
 
4,981 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 980 compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility).
Bus support
no data
 
PCI Express 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
250 mm
 
10.5" (26.7 cm)
Height
no data
 
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Recommended system power (PSU)
no data
 
500 Watt
Supplementary power connectors
1x 6-pin
 
2x 6-pins
SLI options
-
 
+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 980: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
6.144 MB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
8000 MHz
 
7.0 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
192.2 GB / s
 
224 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 980.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
no data
 
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
Multi monitor support
no data
 
4 displays
VGA аnalog display support
no data
 
+
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
no data
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+
HDCP
-
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
no data
 
2048x1536
G-SYNC support
+
 
+
Audio input for HDMI
no data
 
Internal

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 980. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
3D Vision
-
 
+
GameStream
-
 
+
GeForce ShadowPlay
-
 
+
GPU Boost
no data
 
+
GameWorks
-
 
+
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
-
 
+
Optimus
-
 
+
BatteryBoost
-
 
+
VR Ready
+
 
no data
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
no data
 
+
GeForce Experience
no data
 
+
G-SYNC
+
 
no data
Surround
no data
 
+
Multi-Projection
+
 
no data
Multi Monitor
+
 
no data
Adaptive Vertical Sync
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 980, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12_1
 
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.5
OpenCL
no data
 
1.2
Vulkan
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 980. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 1060 6 GB 41.67
GTX 980 48.94 +17.4%

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 1060 6 GB 235179
GTX 980 323076 +37.4%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 1060 6 GB 76477
GTX 980 85374 +11.6%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 1060 6 GB 11039 +6.2%
GTX 980 10398

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 1060 6 GB 12816
GTX 980 12938 +1%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 1060 6 GB 17288
GTX 980 17605 +1.8%

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 1060 6 GB 43717 +15.1%
GTX 980 37997

Unigine Heaven 3.0

GTX 1060 6 GB 9091 +6893.1%
GTX 980 130

Passmark

GTX 1060 6 GB 8873
GTX 980 10421 +17.4%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 980. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
no data
 
579 Mh/s
Decred / DCR (Decred)
no data
 
1.74 Gh/s
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
no data
 
20.28 Mh/s
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
no data
 
0.54 kh/s
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
no data
 
312.12 Sol/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 980 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB

Much newer (19 July 2016 vs 19 September 2014)
Cheaper ($299 vs $549)
Finer manufacturing process technology (16 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (120 vs 165 watts)
Multi-Projection
VR Ready
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)
Multi Monitor

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

17.4% faster in synthetic tests
Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)
More pipelines (2048 vs 1280)
Higher memory bandwidth (224 vs 192.2 GB/s)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Surround
NVIDIA GameStream
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Adaptive Vertical Sync
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
SLIOptions
HDMI
HDCP
3D Vision Surround
NVIDIAGameStreamReady
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
GameWorks
H264VC1MPEG21080pVideoDecoder
Optimus Support
NVIDIA BatteryBoost

So, GTX 1060 6 GB or 980?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 1060 6 GB and GeForce GTX 980, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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