NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 vs 1660
Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660 architecture, market type and release date.
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.
Core clock speed
Manufacturing process technology
Power consumption (TDP)
Texture fill rate
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).
PCI Express 3.0
PCIe 3.0 x16
PCIe 3.0 x16
10.5" (26.7 cm)
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Recommended system power (PSU)
Supplementary power connectors
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.
Maximum RAM amount
Memory bus width
Memory clock speed
Video outputs and ports
Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660.
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
Multi monitor support
VGA аnalog display support
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
Maximum VGA resolution
Audio input for HDMI
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.
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
Adaptive Vertical Sync
APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660, sometimes including their particular versions.
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%
GTX 980 10954
GTX 1660 11353 +3.6%
Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
Decred / DCR (Decred)
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
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)
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)
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)
3D Vision Surround
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
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.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 980 and GeForce GTX 1660, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.