1660 Ti vs 980

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in our rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
1.73
 
2.39
Architecture
Turing
 
Maxwell
GPU code name
Turing TU116
 
GM204
Market segment
Desktop
 
Desktop
Launch date
22 February 2019 (2 years ago)
 
19 September 2014 (6 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)
$279
 
$549
Price now
$997
 
$677

Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results.

Pipelines / CUDA cores
1536
 
2048
CUDA cores
no data
 
2048
Core clock speed
1500 MHz
 
no data
Boost clock
1770 MHz
 
1216 MHz
Number of transistors
6,600 million
 
5,200 million
Manufacturing process technology
12 nm
 
28 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)
120 Watt
 
165 Watt
Texture fill rate
169.9
 
144 billion/sec
Floating-point performance
no data
 
4,981 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on 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
229 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 8-pin
 
2x 6-pins
SLI options
-
 
+

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: 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
GDDR6
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
6 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
192 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
12000 MHz
 
7.0 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
288.0 GB/s
 
224 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones. OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x 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

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

GameStream
-
 
+
GeForce ShadowPlay
-
 
+
GPU Boost
no data
 
2.0
GameWorks
-
 
+
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
-
 
+
Optimus
-
 
+
BatteryBoost
-
 
+

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
12 (12_1)
Shader Model
6.5
 
6.4
OpenGL
4.6
 
4.5
OpenCL
1.2
 
1.2
Vulkan
1.2.131
 
1.1.126
CUDA
7.5
 
+

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 1660 Ti 45.54 +6.5%
GTX 980 42.75

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

GTX 1660 Ti 445170 +37.8%
GTX 980 323076

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

GTX 1660 Ti 92145 +7.9%
GTX 980 85374

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 1660 Ti 14655 +40.9%
GTX 980 10398

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

GTX 1660 Ti 15999 +23.7%
GTX 980 12938

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

GTX 1660 Ti 22128 +25.7%
GTX 980 17605

3DMark Vantage Performance

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

GTX 1660 Ti 52203 +37.4%
GTX 980 37997

Passmark

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

GTX 1660 Ti 11944 +6.5%
GTX 980 11212

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 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 the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

6.5% better performance in benchmarks

Much newer (22 February 2019 vs 19 September 2014)

Higher memory bandwidth (288 vs 224 GB/s)

Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 28 nm)

Lower power consumption (120W vs 165W), meaning that the rival with higher TDP might require a better cooler or other thermal solution.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

Cheaper ($677 vs $997)

Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)

More pipelines (2048 vs 1536)

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)

PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)

G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)

HDCP

Optimus (lowers energy usage by automatically switching between integrated and discrete NVIDIA GPU. Similar to AMD Enduro)

So, which one is the better CPU?

Technical City couldn't decide between NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980. The differences in performance seem too small.

Should you still have questions concerning choice between the reviewed GPUs, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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