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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 5% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 13% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 3% 29%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 37% 0%
eFootball PES 2021 52% 65%
Genshin Impact 5% 30%
FIFA 21 52% 65%
Death Stranding 5% 30%
Watch Dogs Legion 8% 33%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 16% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X.

The GTX 1060 has a 380 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 176 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 1060. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 167.8 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 380 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 80 more Render Output Units than the GTX 1060. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 71.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 1060. 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 2048 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 1060 has 31.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 1060 is noticeably better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X has 1280 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1060 is 2188 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 4536 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a massively 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 6GB GDDR5X requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 1060 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 230 Watts more than the GTX 1060 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 1060.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 34.3 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

34.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 44.9 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

44.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 45.2 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

45.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 45.6 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

45.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 45.8 FPS on Control

Control

45.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 46.6 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

46.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 56.4 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

56.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 56.4 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

56.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 56.9 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

56.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 58.2 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

58.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 58.2 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

58.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 60.3 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

60.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 60.8 FPS on Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV

60.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 66.1 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

66.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 66.7 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

66.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 68.1 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

68.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 68.6 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

68.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 73 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

73 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 76.2 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

76.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 77.2 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

77.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 79.2 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

79.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 80.7 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

80.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 86.3 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

86.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 91.9 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

91.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 16.6 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

16.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 16.8 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

16.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 16.9 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

16.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 18.6 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

18.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 20.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

20.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 20.7 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

20.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 22.5 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

22.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 22.9 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

22.9 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 24.8 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

24.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 27.5 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

27.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 29.2 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

29.2 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 29.6 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

29.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 30.7 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

30.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 30.7 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

30.7 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 37 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

37 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 45.6 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

45.6 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 26.4 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

26.4 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 27.5 FPS on Control

Control

27.5 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 32.1 FPS on Death Stranding

Death Stranding

32.1 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 32.8 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

32.8 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 40.3 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

40.3 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 48 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

48 FPS

GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X gets 54.6 FPS on Gears Tactics

Gears Tactics

54.6 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1506 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1709 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitecturePascal GP104Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date19 Jul 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900 - vs green tick
10
1920x1080 - vs green tick
10
2560x1440 - vs green tick
9.9
3840x2160 - vs green tick
7.8

GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed2500 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus192 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5XvsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth480GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1280vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units80vs256
Texture Rate120.5 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs128
Pixel Rate72.3 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 27 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Pascal Architecture and a minor revision of the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB.

Architecture
It equips a cut-down GPU Codenamed GP104 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 1506MHz and goes up to 1709MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5X, through a 192-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2500MHz. This compares to GDDR5 on the standard GTX 1060 6GB model, which operates at 2002 MHz.

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

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate that GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X offers Performance around the Level of GeForce GTX 980. As such, GeForce GTX 1060 is almost twice as fast as GeForce GTX 960.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5X 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 SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

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.

GPU
It consists of 2 GPUs codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 128 ROPs, on a 512-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.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 300W and 400W.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is over 7% faster than AMD's Radeon R9 295X2.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Six Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 16GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI.
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