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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Armor OCV1 3G GeForce GTX 980 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 40% 31%
eFootball PES 2020 37% 41%
Borderlands 3 8% 1%
Grand Theft Auto VI 56% 46%
Metro: Exodus 56% 46%
Doom Eternal 12% 18%
The Division 2 56% 46%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 44% 35%
Watch Dogs Legion 8% 1%
FIFA 20 38% 42%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Armor OCV1 3G.

The GTX 1060 has a 418 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 56 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 1060. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 32.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 1060. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 1060 has a 418 MHz higher core clock speed but 16 fewer Render Output Units than the GTX 980. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 1060 manages to provide 2 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 1060 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 980, and so the GTX 1060 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 980.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GTX 980 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 1060, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 980 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 has 32.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 1060, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is noticeably better than the GTX 1060.

The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Armor OCV1 3G has 1152 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1060 is 2026 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3362. The GTX 980 having 1336 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 1060.

The GTX 1060 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the GTX 1060 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Armor OCV1 3G requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB requires 165 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 1060 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 45 Watts more than the GTX 1060 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 1060.

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Grand Theft Auto V

53.7 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

55 FPS

The Witcher III

68.1 FPS

The Witcher III

57 FPS

Crysis 3

80.6 FPS

Crysis 3

85.9 FPS

Just Cause 4

56.4 FPS

Just Cause 4

60.2 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

49.1 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

52.3 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

49.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

55 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

66.1 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

70.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

85.2 FPS

Battlefield 1

90.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

62.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

66.9 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

53.5 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

57.1 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

38.1 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

40.6 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

53.2 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

63 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

63.3 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

67.5 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

63.2 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

67.4 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

152.6 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

69 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

39 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

41.6 FPS

Metro: Exodus

44.3 FPS

Metro: Exodus

47.3 FPS

Far Cry 5

70.7 FPS

Far Cry 5

75.4 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

85.8 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

91.6 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

40.7 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

43.4 FPS

Battlefield V

84.9 FPS

Battlefield V

73 FPS

The Division 2

50.2 FPS

The Division 2

53.6 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

68 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

72.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

39 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

41.6 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

54.3 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

72 FPS

The Witcher III

43.7 FPS

The Witcher III

46.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

27.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

29.7 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

77.2 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

82.3 FPS

Battlefield 1

65 FPS

Battlefield 1

69.4 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

27.9 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

29.7 FPS

Far Cry 5

66.8 FPS

Far Cry 5

71.2 FPS

The Division 2

53.2 FPS

The Division 2

56.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

34.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

36.7 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

19.8 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

21.1 FPS

The Witcher III

29.9 FPS

The Witcher III

31.9 FPS

Crysis 3

25.2 FPS

Crysis 3

26.9 FPS

Just Cause 4

19.5 FPS

Just Cause 4

20.8 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

21.7 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

23.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

29.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

19 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

19.8 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

21.1 FPS

Battlefield 1

39.9 FPS

Battlefield 1

42.5 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

22.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

24.4 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

24.7 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

26.4 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

17.6 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

18.8 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

25.1 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

26.8 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

21.8 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

23.2 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

24.2 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

25.8 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

39.9 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

42.5 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

18.6 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

19.9 FPS

Metro: Exodus

16.1 FPS

Metro: Exodus

17.2 FPS

Far Cry 5

23.8 FPS

Far Cry 5

25.4 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

29.7 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

31.7 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

13.6 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

14.5 FPS

Battlefield V

39.2 FPS

Battlefield V

29 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

37 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

39.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

19.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

20.4 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

28.4 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

28 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1544 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1759 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P106-300-A1Maxwell GM204-400-A1
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date18 Aug 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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2560x1440
7.5
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7.9
3840x2160
5.7
vs green tick
5.9

GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed2002 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.2GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1152vs2048
Actual Shader Performance97%vs100%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units72vs128
Texture Rate111.2 GTexel/svs144.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs64
Pixel Rate74.1 GPixel/svs72.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections2vs1
DisplayPort Connections2vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs165 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 27 Ampsvs500 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6500 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Armor OCV1 3G is currently the entry level MSI Nvidia GTX 1000 performance graphics card, based on the Pascal Architecture. It comes with locked memory of 3GB instead of the full 6GB.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed P106-300-A1 which is a first gen Pascal GPU and has 9 SM activated, offering 1152 Shader Processing Units (the GTX 1060 6GB version offers 1280 SPU), 72 TMUs and 48 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1544MHz and goes up to 1759MHz, when Boost mode is activated.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 3GB frame buffer of GDDR5, through a 192-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2002MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 400W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
The GeForce GTX 1060 MSI Armor OCV1 3G is capable of playing most modern game system requirements at high graphics settings. The 3GB version is normally around 5% worse than the GTX 1060 6GB full fat version in terms of sheer processing power. But its the 3GB memory reduction that will hamper the high quality game textures this card can deliver, making it less future proof, as more games are released that require GPU memory.

We expect this GPU to return around 51+ FPS at high graphics setting on most modern games @ 1080p screen resolution.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is a high-end Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture. It surpassed previous GeForce GTX 780 Ti and cost less. It was also much more energy efficient. Read below to know more.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM204-400-A1 which has 16 SM activated and thus 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1126MHz and goes up to 1216MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, VXGI, MFAA, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan and is identical to the one seen on GeForce GTX 780. The Card is known to run cool and has a maximum operating temperature of 98ÂșC.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 165W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two 6-pin connectors.

Release Price
The release price of $550 is lower than of its predecessor - GeForce GTX 780 which was launched for $649.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB is over 20% faster than its predecessor and even beats GeForce GTX 780 Ti in about 7%.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i7-3820 4-Core 3.60GHz
Intel Core i7-970 6-Core 3.2GHz
AMD Opteron 6274
Intel Xeon Processor E3-1241 v3
Intel Xeon E3-1240 v2
Intel Core i7-4771 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-4770R 4-Core 3.2GHz
Intel Core i7-4770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Intel Core i7-990X 6-Core 3.47GHz
Possible GPU UpgradesGeForce RTX 2060 6GB
GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce GTX 1060
Radeon RX 480 8GB
Radeon R9 390X
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