Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti vs GTX 1060 Comparison Review

If you are here, you are probably interested in knowing how GTX 980 Ti vs 1060 stack up to each other. This guide puts together benchmarks results and specification comparisons to help you make the best decision regarding the two GPUs.

In this article, we look at the new Pascal based GTX 1060 against the older Maxwell based GPU GTX 980 Ti. Read on to find out how they compare.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti

Released on 2nd June 2015, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is a high-end GPU for desktops made by the GPU giants Nvidia. It is based on the second generation Maxwell architecture (Maxwell 2.0) and uses the same GM200 chip as the enthusiast class GPU, the GeForce GTX Titan X. The GPU is manufactured in the  28 nm process technology.

The GTX 980 Ti uses 2816 shaders, which is 768 more than the GTX 980. It has a core clock speed of 1000 MHz and 1075 boost clock. It uses a max 6 GB GDDR5 memory with a speed of 7000 MHz connected through a 384-bit memory interface.

The resulting bandwidth is 336.5 GB/s, which is way more than the 1060’s. The 980 Ti is more power hungry and it is rated at 250 Watt TDP.

In 2015, the GTX 980 Ti was the fastest desktop single chip GPU before Nvidia released the more power efficient GTX 10 series in 2016.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060

This is the second card in our GTX 980 Ti vs 1060 guide. It is a mid-range gaming GPU for desktops, but it also used in high-end laptops. It is Pascal architecture based and it is built on the smaller GP106 chip using the finer 16 nm FinFET manufacturing process. Its performance is equal to the Maxwell-based GTX 980 GPU.

The 1060 features 1280 shaders, which is way less compared to the 980 Ti. It has a base clock speed of 1506 MHz and 1709 MHz when boosted. The GPU uses a maximum of 6 GB GDDR5 RAM at 8008 MHz speed using the 192-bit bus interface; the resulting bandwidth is 192.2 GB/s.

The 1060 is less power hungry than the 980 Ti at 120 Watt TDP. The GPU features 1 DVI, 1 HDMI and 3 DisplayPort video connectors, same as the 980 Ti. They both support the DirectX 12.0 (12_1) and OpenGL APIs.

Benchmarks results

In performance, the 1060 is equal to the GTX 980, this means that it should be slightly below the GTX 980 Ti in both benchmarks. In synthetic benchmarks by the UserBenchmark, the 980 Ti provides 50% average much better detail than the 1060 in the Parallax test.

It also has 28% faster multi-rendering in MRender and 35% faster NBody calculation in the Gravity benchmark.

The same is shown in the gaming benchmarks. The 980 Ti provides an average of 202 fps in CS GO at max settings at 1080p while the GTX 1060 provides 160 fps. In PUBG, it averages at 80 fps against 68 fps. In Fortnite, it provides 122 fps against 101 fps by the 1060. When tested in GTA V benchmark, the 980 averages at 81 fps while the 1060 averages at 61 fps.

Verdict

Both GPUs are capable of gaming at highest details in 1080p resolution. However, the GeForce 980 Ti provides up to 23% more fps than the GTX 1060. When it comes to power consumption, the 980 Ti requires more than twice power than the 1060 (250 W vs 120 W).

Both cards are pretty good at 1080p and there is no need to change to the newer card, except the power consumption. That’s all for our GTX 980 Ti vs 1060 comparison, feel free to ask us anything regarding this topic in the comment section.