NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
GTX 1060 3GB GTX 980 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Price $ 170.0 $ 249.0 79 (46%)
Year 2016 2014 2 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 63C 81C 18 (29%)
Max Fan Noise 42.2dB 48.1dB 5.9 (14%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 515W 45 (10%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 66.1 FPS 76.8 FPS 10.7 (16%)
Average 1440p Performance 47.3 FPS 55.2 FPS 7.9 (17%)
Average 4K Performance 27.7 FPS 32.5 FPS 4.8 (17%)
Memory 3 GB 4 GB 1 (33%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 2.6 $ 7.2 4.6 (177%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 3.6 $ 10.0 6.4 (178%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 6.1 $ 16.9 10.8 (177%)
Variant NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Overall Combination Score 81/100 78/100 3 (4%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from GTX 1060 3GB to GTX 980 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
53
59.8
64
72.0
2019 Anthem
34
38.5
41
46.4
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
50
56.5
61
68.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
67
74.8
77
85.8
2019 Metro Exodus
29
33.3
34
38.2
2019 World War Z
56
62.3
65
73.0
2019 Gears of War 5
44
49.1
50
55.7
2019 F1 2019
55
61.6
62
69.9
2019 GreedFall
49
55.5
56
62.9
2019 Borderlands 3
35
39.0
39
44.2
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
62
69.2
55
62.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
29
32.3
31
35.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
43
48.7
54
61.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
39
44.4
46
52.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
59
66.6
65
73.0
2018 Fallout 76
66
74.3
75
84.0
2018 Hitman 2
52
58.1
59
66.0
2018 Just Cause 4
45
50.9
47
52.9
2018 Monster Hunter: World
49
54.8
51
57.0
2018 Strange Brigade
71
79.1
80
89.7
2018 Battlefield V
58
64.9
65
73.0
2017 Dawn of War III
57
64.1
70
78.6
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
43
48.7
54
60.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
42
47.0
45
51.0
2017 Destiny 2
70
77.8
88
98.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
44
49.6
52
58.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
60
67.0
66
73.5
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
63
70.4
65
73.3
2017 For Honor
84
93.9
87
97.7
2017 Project CARS 2
59
66.5
62
69.2
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
68
76.0
75
83.8
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
36
40.9
40
45.0
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
43
47.8
42
47.4
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
37
41.9
46
52.0
2016 Doom
84
94.0
99
110.2
2016 F1 2016
57
64.1
70
78.7
2016 Hitman
51
57.3
57
64.2
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
63
70.4
74
82.8
2016 The Division
45
50.3
63
71.1
2016 Total War: Warhammer
46
52.1
66
73.8
2016 Battlefield 1
69
77.4
81
90.6
2016 Overwatch
93
104.1
102
114.1
2016 Dishonored 2
43
48.5
45
50.5
2015 DiRT Rally
84
94.2
93
103.9
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
52
58.3
59
65.7
2015 The Witcher 3
45
50.0
55
61.8
2015 Total War: Attila
39
44.4
48
54.4
2015 Rocket League
246
273.8
256
284.9
2015 Need For Speed
68
75.9
71
79.0
2015 Project CARS
65
72.7
68
75.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
114
127.5
130
144.5
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
91
101.7
112
124.9
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
64
71.8
79
88.2
2014 Far Cry 4
59
66.6
73
81.9
2014 GRID Autosport
89
99.1
109
121.6
2014 Shadow of Mordor
68
76.0
84
93.6
2014 The Talos Principle
74
82.9
91
102.2
2014 Thief
59
66.6
74
82.5
2013 Bioshock Infinite
95
106.0
117
130.4
2013 Company of Heroes 2
49
55.5
61
68.4
2013 Crysis 3
51
57.4
64
71.4
2013 GRID 2
103
114.5
126
141.1
2013 Metro: Last Light
61
68.4
75
84.4
2013 Total War: Rome 2
65
72.6
80
89.0
2013 Battlefield 4
72
81.0
84
94.4
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
169
187.8
175
195.4
2009 League of Legends
316
352.0
329
366.3
2008 Crysis: Warhead
62
69.2
76
85.1

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
35
44.5
42
53.6
2019 Anthem
24
30.6
29
36.8
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
35
43.9
42
52.8
2019 Resident Evil 2
40
50.3
46
57.8
2019 Metro Exodus
20
25.9
23
29.8
2019 World War Z
36
45.5
42
53.3
2019 Gears of War 5
28
35.6
32
40.4
2019 F1 2019
34
43.6
39
49.5
2019 GreedFall
32
40.1
36
45.5
2019 Borderlands 3
21
27.4
24
31.0
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
32
40.2
28
35.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
19
24.3
22
28.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
27
34.2
34
43.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
23
29.1
27
34.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
45
56.4
49
62.0
2018 Fallout 76
39
49.6
53
67.0
2018 Hitman 2
30
37.6
34
43.0
2018 Just Cause 4
30
37.6
31
39.1
2018 Monster Hunter: World
30
38.4
31
39.9
2018 Strange Brigade
44
55.1
50
62.5
2018 Battlefield V
37
47.0
44
56.0
2017 Dawn of War III
34
42.7
41
52.2
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
28
35.9
35
44.1
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
28
35.0
32
41.0
2017 Destiny 2
53
66.6
67
84.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
30
37.6
36
45.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
34
43.7
38
47.6
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
40
50.9
42
52.9
2017 For Honor
43
54.8
45
57.0
2017 Project CARS 2
37
46.9
39
48.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
58
72.7
60
75.7
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
30
38.1
30
38.5
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
25
31.6
26
32.5
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
28
35.0
34
43.0
2016 Doom
50
62.9
58
73.6
2016 F1 2016
43
54.7
54
67.5
2016 Hitman
33
42.3
37
47.2
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
36
46.1
44
56.1
2016 The Division
28
36.2
43
53.8
2016 Total War: Warhammer
35
44.4
41
52.4
2016 Battlefield 1
43
54.7
53
66.9
2016 Overwatch
57
71.8
62
78.4
2016 Dishonored 2
33
41.5
34
43.1
2015 DiRT Rally
51
64.9
57
71.4
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
30
38.5
35
44.3
2015 The Witcher 3
29
37.2
36
45.6
2015 Total War: Attila
23
29.1
29
36.3
2015 Rocket League
93
117.3
97
122.1
2015 Need For Speed
46
58.7
48
61.1
2015 Project CARS
44
55.5
46
57.8
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
66
82.5
74
93.5
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
60
76.0
75
93.8
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
38
47.8
47
59.3
2014 Far Cry 4
38
47.8
47
58.8
2014 GRID Autosport
60
75.2
74
92.9
2014 Shadow of Mordor
42
53.0
52
65.3
2014 The Talos Principle
46
58.1
57
71.8
2014 Thief
36
45.3
44
56.1
2013 Bioshock Infinite
55
69.2
68
85.1
2013 Company of Heroes 2
28
35.9
35
44.1
2013 Crysis 3
28
35.9
35
44.3
2013 GRID 2
65
82.0
80
101.2
2013 Metro: Last Light
45
57.2
56
70.0
2013 Total War: Rome 2
37
47.0
46
57.8
2013 Battlefield 4
41
51.8
48
60.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
125
156.5
130
162.8
2009 League of Legends
156
195.6
162
203.5
2008 Crysis: Warhead
34
43.6
43
53.9

3840x2160

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
18
26.6
22
32.0
2019 Anthem
11
16.6
14
20.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
16
23.3
19
28.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
17
24.8
19
28.5
2019 Metro Exodus
11
16.3
13
18.7
2019 World War Z
18
26.2
21
30.7
2019 Gears of War 5
15
22.5
17
25.5
2019 F1 2019
19
27.8
21
31.4
2019 GreedFall
11
16.5
13
18.7
2019 Borderlands 3
10
14.3
11
16.1
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
17
25.6
22
32.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
10
15.4
14
20.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
14
20.5
18
26.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
10
15.4
12
18.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
26
37.6
28
41.0
2018 Fallout 76
19
27.3
25
37.0
2018 Hitman 2
15
22.2
17
25.0
2018 Just Cause 4
13
19.6
14
20.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
12
18.4
13
19.1
2018 Strange Brigade
21
30.0
23
34.0
2018 Battlefield V
17
24.8
20
29.0
2017 Dawn of War III
15
22.2
18
27.0
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
14
20.5
17
25.4
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
14
20.5
16
23.0
2017 Destiny 2
23
33.3
29
42.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
14
21.4
17
25.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
13
18.8
18
25.9
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
24
35.2
25
36.6
2017 For Honor
19
27.3
19
28.5
2017 Project CARS 2
27
39.1
28
40.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
42
61.0
44
63.5
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
17
24.8
21
30.9
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
9
13.7
11
16.8
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
19
27.3
23
34.0
2016 Doom
22
31.6
27
38.6
2016 F1 2016
21
30.8
26
38.2
2016 Hitman
14
21.4
18
26.2
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
15
22.2
19
27.6
2016 The Division
15
22.2
18
27.0
2016 Total War: Warhammer
16
23.1
20
28.8
2016 Battlefield 1
20
29.1
25
35.9
2016 Overwatch
25
37.1
28
40.6
2016 Dishonored 2
22
32.8
23
34.2
2015 DiRT Rally
21
30.8
26
38.2
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
20
29.9
25
36.5
2015 The Witcher 3
14
21.4
18
26.1
2015 Total War: Attila
10
14.5
12
18.0
2015 Rocket League
38
54.8
39
57.0
2015 Need For Speed
27
39.1
28
40.7
2015 Project CARS
27
39.1
28
40.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
26
38.2
30
43.3
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
29
42.7
36
52.5
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
17
24.8
21
30.0
2014 Far Cry 4
17
25.6
21
31.2
2014 GRID Autosport
30
43.6
37
53.5
2014 Shadow of Mordor
20
29.1
25
35.8
2014 The Talos Principle
22
32.5
27
39.5
2014 Thief
27
39.3
33
47.9
2013 Bioshock Infinite
24
35.0
30
43.2
2013 Crysis 3
17
25.6
14
21.1
2013 GRID 2
30
43.6
37
53.3
2013 Metro: Last Light
20
29.9
26
37.3
2013 Total War: Rome 2
14
21.4
18
26.8
2013 Battlefield 4
25
35.9
31
44.3
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
98
140.8
102
146.5
2009 League of Legends
54
78.2
56
81.4
2008 Crysis: Warhead
28
41.0
35
50.2
GTX 1060 3GB vs GTX 980 with i7-6700K vs i7-4770K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB / i7-6700K

At 1440p, GTX 1060 3GB can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the GTX 1060 3GB is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for GTX 1060 3GB against the competition in budget mid-range cards. With regards to max load temperature, the GTX 1060 3GB 's cooling is excellent at keeping it cool and under control. With current 3072 MB RAM, the GTX 1060 3GB can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 / i7-4770K

At 1440p, GTX 980 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. This combination between GTX 980 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between GTX 980 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the GTX 980 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

GTX 1060 3GB vs GTX 980 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1060 3GB GTX 980
Length9.823 inches 250 mm10.5 inches 267 mm
Outputs1x DVI 1x HDMI 3x DisplayPort1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 8-pin2x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W165 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 1060 3GB GTX 980
Boost Clock1708 MHz1216 MHz
GPU Clock1506 MHz1127 MHz
Memory Clock2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective 1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1060 3GB GTX 980
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000GeForce 900
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateAug 18th, 2016Sep 19th, 2014

Graphics Features

GTX 1060 3GB GTX 980
CUDA6.15.2
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL1.21.2
OpenGL4.64.6
Shader Model6.26.1
Vulkan1.1.961.1.82

Graphics Processor

GTX 1060 3GB GTX 980
ArchitecturePascalMaxwell 2.0
Die Size200 mm²398 mm²
GPU NameGP106GM204
Process Size16 nm28 nm
Transistors4,400 million5,200 million

Memory

GTX 1060 3GB GTX 980
Bandwidth192.2 GB/s 224.4 GB/s
Memory Bus192 bit256 bit
Memory Size30724096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 1060 3GB GTX 980
ROPs4864
Shading Units11522048
TMUs72128

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1060 3GB GTX 980
FP32 (float) performance3,935 GFLOPS 4,981 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance123.0 GFLOPS (1:32)155.6 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate81.98 GPixel/s 77.82 GPixel/s
Texture Rate123.0 GTexel/s 155.6 GTexel/s

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