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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1060 KFA2 OC 6GB GeForce GTX 980 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 30% 31%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 30% 31%
eFootball PES 2020 36% 35%
Control 65% 67%
Grand Theft Auto VI 44% 46%
Borderlands 3 0% 1%
Total War: Three Kingdoms 33% 35%
FIFA 20 50% 49%
Red Dead Redemption 2 30% 31%
F1 2019 7% 9%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 KFA2 OC 6GB are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB.

The GTX 1060 has a 392 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 1060. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 22.7 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 392 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 0.80000000000001 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 1060 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 980, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

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 KFA2 OC 6GB has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1060 is 2995 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3362. The GTX 980 having 367 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a noticeably 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. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GTX 1060 should consume less power than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 1060 KFA2 OC 6GB 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

58 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

55 FPS

The Witcher III

73.6 FPS

The Witcher III

57 FPS

Crysis 3

87.1 FPS

Crysis 3

85.9 FPS

Just Cause 4

61 FPS

Just Cause 4

60.2 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

53 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

52.3 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

54 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

55 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

71.4 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

70.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

92.1 FPS

Battlefield 1

90.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

67.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

66.9 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

57.8 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

57.1 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

41.2 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

40.6 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

57.5 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

63 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

68.4 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

67.5 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

68.3 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

67.4 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

165 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

69 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

42.1 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

41.6 FPS

Metro: Exodus

47.9 FPS

Metro: Exodus

47.3 FPS

Far Cry 5

76.4 FPS

Far Cry 5

75.4 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

92.8 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

91.6 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

44 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

43.4 FPS

Battlefield V

91.8 FPS

Battlefield V

73 FPS

The Division 2

54.3 FPS

The Division 2

53.6 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

73.5 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

72.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

42.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

41.6 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

58.7 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

72 FPS

F1 2019

83.4 FPS

F1 2019

82.3 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

54.8 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

54.1 FPS

The Witcher III

47.2 FPS

The Witcher III

46.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

30.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

29.7 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

83.4 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

82.3 FPS

Battlefield 1

70.3 FPS

Battlefield 1

69.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

42.3 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

41.8 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

30.1 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

29.7 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

56.3 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

55.5 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

77.1 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

76 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

41.9 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

41.3 FPS

Metro: Exodus

32.4 FPS

Metro: Exodus

32 FPS

Far Cry 5

72.2 FPS

Far Cry 5

71.2 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

54.2 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

53.5 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

33.6 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

33.2 FPS

Battlefield V

70.5 FPS

Battlefield V

69.6 FPS

The Division 2

57.5 FPS

The Division 2

56.7 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

52.5 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

51.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

37.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

36.7 FPS

F1 2019

66.4 FPS

F1 2019

65.5 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

21.4 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

21.1 FPS

The Witcher III

32.3 FPS

The Witcher III

31.9 FPS

Crysis 3

27.3 FPS

Crysis 3

26.9 FPS

Just Cause 4

21.1 FPS

Just Cause 4

20.8 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

23.5 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

23.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

32.3 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

19 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

21.4 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

21.1 FPS

Battlefield 1

43.1 FPS

Battlefield 1

42.5 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

24.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

24.4 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

26.7 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

26.4 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

19 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

18.8 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

27.1 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

26.8 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

23.6 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

23.2 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

26.1 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

25.8 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

43.1 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

42.5 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

20.1 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

19.9 FPS

Metro: Exodus

17.4 FPS

Metro: Exodus

17.2 FPS

Far Cry 5

25.7 FPS

Far Cry 5

25.4 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

32.1 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

31.7 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

14.7 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

14.5 FPS

Battlefield V

42.4 FPS

Battlefield V

29 FPS

The Division 2

23.6 FPS

The Division 2

23.3 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

40 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

39.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

20.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

20.4 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

30.7 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

28 FPS

F1 2019

37.1 FPS

F1 2019

36.6 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1518 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1733 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P106-400-A1Maxwell GM204-400-A1
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Jul 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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2560x1440
7.9
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7.9
3840x2160
5.9
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5.9

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs4096 MB
Memory Speed2002 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth192.2GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs128
Texture Rate121.4 GTexel/svs144.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs64
Pixel Rate72.9 GPixel/svs72.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

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

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel 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
The GeForce GTX 1060 KFA2 OC is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Pascal Architecture.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed P106-400-A1 which is a First Gen Pascal GPU amd has 10 SM activated, offering 1280 Shader Processing Units, 80 TMUs and 48 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1518MHz and goes up to 1733MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of Fast 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 KFA2 OC is a high performance card that can handle 2016's AAA games at 1080p producing 60+ frames per second on very high settings. Reducing the settings down to medium/high will allow gamers to maintain 60 fps at 1440p resolution.

System Suggestions
The GeForce GTX 1060 KFA2 OC is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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 98ºC.

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 Xeon E3-1226 v3
Intel Core i7-6700T 4-Core 2.8GHz
Intel Core i7-4820K 4-Core 3.70GHz
AMD Opteron 6282 SE
Intel Core i7-4770S 4-Core 3.1GHz
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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