NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

GTX 1060 GTX 980 Difference
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Price $ 199 $ 549 350 (94%)
Year 2016 2014 2 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 76C 81C 5 (6%)
Max Fan Noise 47dB 48dB 1 (2%)
Recommended Power Supply 470W 515W 45 (9%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0 FPS +0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0% 0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 71 FPS 80 FPS 8.9 (12%)
Average 1440p Performance 50 FPS 57 FPS 6.8 (13%)
Average 4K Performance 29 FPS 33 FPS 4.4 (14%)
Memory 6 GB 4 GB 2 (40%)
Overall Combination Score 80/100 68/100 12 (16%)

Our Verdict: Upgrading from GTX 1060 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. The price/performance ratio is much better for GTX 1060 .

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
34
35
2018 Battlefield V
68
73
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
73
62
2018 Fallout 76
78
84
2018 Final Fantasy XV
51
61
2018 Forza Horizon 4
70
73
2018 Hitman 2
61
66
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
47
52
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
50
51
2017 Dawn of War III
68
79
2017 Destiny 2
82
98
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
71
74
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
51
60
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
52
58
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
43
45
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
44
52
2016 Battlefield 1
82
91
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
50
47
2016 Doom
99
110
2016 F1 2016
68
79
2016 Hitman
60
64
2016 Overwatch
110
114
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
74
83
2016 The Division
53
71
2016 Total War: Warhammer
55
74
2015 DiRT Rally
99
104
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
61
66
2015 The Witcher 3
53
62
2015 Total War: Attila
47
54
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
107
125
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
76
88
2014 Far Cry 4
70
82
2014 GRID Autosport
104
122
2014 Shadow of Mordor
80
94
2014 The Talos Principle
87
102
2014 Thief
70
83
2013 Battlefield 4
85
94
2013 Bioshock Infinite
112
130
2013 Company of Heroes 2
59
68
2013 Crysis 3
61
71
2013 GRID 2
121
141
2013 Metro: Last Light
72
84
2013 Total War: Rome 2
77
89
2008 Crysis: Warhead
73
85

2560x1440

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
26
28
2018 Battlefield V
50
56
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
42
35
2018 Fallout 76
52
67
2018 Final Fantasy XV
36
43
2018 Forza Horizon 4
59
62
2018 Hitman 2
40
43
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
31
34
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
37
41
2017 Dawn of War III
45
52
2017 Destiny 2
70
84
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
46
48
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
38
44
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
40
45
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
40
39
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
37
43
2016 Battlefield 1
58
67
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
33
33
2016 Doom
66
74
2016 F1 2016
58
68
2016 Hitman
45
47
2016 Overwatch
76
78
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
49
56
2016 The Division
38
54
2016 Total War: Warhammer
47
52
2015 DiRT Rally
68
71
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
41
44
2015 The Witcher 3
39
46
2015 Total War: Attila
31
36
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
80
94
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
50
59
2014 Far Cry 4
50
59
2014 GRID Autosport
79
93
2014 Shadow of Mordor
56
65
2014 The Talos Principle
61
72
2014 Thief
48
56
2013 Battlefield 4
55
61
2013 Bioshock Infinite
73
85
2013 Company of Heroes 2
38
44
2013 Crysis 3
38
44
2013 GRID 2
86
101
2013 Metro: Last Light
60
70
2013 Total War: Rome 2
50
58
2008 Crysis: Warhead
46
54

3840x2160

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
16
20
2018 Battlefield V
26
29
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
27
32
2018 Fallout 76
29
37
2018 Final Fantasy XV
22
26
2018 Forza Horizon 4
40
41
2018 Hitman 2
23
25
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
16
18
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
22
23
2017 Dawn of War III
23
27
2017 Destiny 2
35
42
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
20
26
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
22
25
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
23
25
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
26
31
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
29
34
2016 Battlefield 1
31
36
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
14
17
2016 Doom
33
39
2016 F1 2016
32
38
2016 Hitman
23
26
2016 Overwatch
39
41
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
23
28
2016 The Division
23
27
2016 Total War: Warhammer
24
29
2015 DiRT Rally
32
38
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
32
37
2015 The Witcher 3
23
26
2015 Total War: Attila
15
18
2014 Civilization: Beyond Earth
45
53
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition
26
30
2014 Far Cry 4
27
31
2014 GRID Autosport
46
54
2014 Shadow of Mordor
31
36
2014 The Talos Principle
34
40
2014 Thief
41
48
2013 Battlefield 4
38
44
2013 Bioshock Infinite
37
43
2013 Crysis 3
27
21
2013 GRID 2
46
53
2013 Metro: Last Light
32
37
2013 Total War: Rome 2
23
27
2008 Crysis: Warhead
43
50

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 / Core i7-6700K

At 1440p, GTX 1060 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 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 against the competition in budget mid-range cards. In terms of memory, the GTX 1060 's 6144 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks. View Current Price List

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 / Core 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. View Current Price List

GTX 1060 vs GTX 980 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1060 GTX 980
Board NumberPG410 SKU 30PG401
Length9.823 inches 250 mm10.5 inches 267 mm
Outputs1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin2x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP120 W165 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 1060 GTX 980
Boost Clock1709 MHz1216 MHz
GPU Clock1506 MHz1127 MHz
Memory Clock2002 MHz 8008 MHz effective1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1060 GTX 980
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000GeForce 900
Launch Price299 USD549 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateMar 8th, 2018Sep 19th, 2014

Graphics Features

GTX 1060 GTX 980
CUDA6.15.2
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL1.21.2
OpenGL4.64.6
Shader Model6.16.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

GTX 1060 GTX 980
ArchitecturePascalMaxwell 2.0
Die Size314 mm²398 mm²
GPU NameGP106GM204
GPU VariantGP106-400-A1GM204-400-A1
Process Size16 nm28 nm
Transistors7,200 million5,200 million

Memory

GTX 1060 GTX 980
Bandwidth192.2 GB/s224.4 GB/s
Memory Bus192 bit256 bit
Memory Size6144 MB4096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

GTX 1060 GTX 980
ROPs4864
Shading Units12802048
TMUs80128

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1060 GTX 980
FP32 (float) performance4,375 GFLOPS4,981 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance136.7 GFLOPS (1:32)155.6 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate82.03 GPixel/s77.82 GPixel/s
Texture Rate136.7 GTexel/s155.6 GTexel/s