NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 vs 1660

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
61.95
 
66.73
Architecture
Maxwell 2.0
 
Turing
Code name
GM204
 
TU116
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
19 September 2014
 
14 March 2019
Launch price (MSRP)
$549
 
$219
Price now
$223
 
$215

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660'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 980 and GeForce GTX 1660's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2048
 
1408
CUDA cores
2048
 
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Core clock speed
no data
 
1530 MHz
Boost Clock
1216 MHz
 
1785 MHz
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
6,600 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
12 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
165 Watt
 
120 Watt
Texture fill rate
144 billion/sec
 
157.1
Floating-point performance
4,981 gflops
 
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Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660 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
PCI Express 3.0
 
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Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
10.5" (26.7 cm)
 
229 mm
Height
4.376" (11.1 cm)
 
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Recommended system power (PSU)
500 Watt
 
no data
Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pins
 
1x 8-pin
SLI options
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660: 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
4 GB
 
6 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
192 Bit
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
8004 MHz
Memory bandwidth
224 GB/s
 
192.1 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
 
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Multi monitor support
4 displays
 
no data
VGA аnalog display support
+
 
no data
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
+
 
no data
HDMI
+
 
-
HDCP
+
 
-
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
no data
G-SYNC support
+
 
-
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 
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Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660. 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
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
no data
GeForce Experience
+
 
no data
Surround
+
 
no data
Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 
no data

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
12 (12_1)
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.2
 
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 980 50.66
GTX 1660 52.61 +3.8%

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 980 323076
GTX 1660 478810 +48.2%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 980 85374 +7.5%
GTX 1660 79435

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 980 10398
GTX 1660 12629 +21.5%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 980 12938
GTX 1660 13847 +7%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 980 17605
GTX 1660 20696 +17.6%

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 980 37997
GTX 1660 57895 +52.4%

Passmark

GTX 980 10954
GTX 1660 11353 +3.6%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
579 Mh/s
 
no data
Decred / DCR (Decred)
1.74 Gh/s
 
no data
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
20.28 Mh/s
 
no data
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.54 kh/s
 
no data
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
312.12 Sol/s
 
no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

Wider memory bus (256 vs 192 bit)
More pipelines (2048 vs 1408)
Higher memory bandwidth (224 vs 192.1 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
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
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

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660

3.8% faster in synthetic tests
Much newer (14 March 2019 vs 19 September 2014)
Cheaper ($219 vs $549)
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 28 nm)
Less power hungry (120 vs 165 watts)

So, GTX 980 or 1660?

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