NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660

Compare NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q 8 GB vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB, specs and GPU benchmark score. Which is the better graphics card for the money?

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Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

61 %
5% slightly better overall score
58 %

Flux Core frame rate

Volumetric ray casting test, a computationally expensive method of rendering high-quality scenes

68 FPS
75 FPS
6 FPS slightly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

54 FPS
7 FPS slightly higher Electron frame rate
47 FPS

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

58 FPS
2 FPS slightly higher City frame rate
56 FPS

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

30 FPS
35 FPS
5 FPS slightly higher Clouds frame rate

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (CUDA) score

CUDA compute benchmark

28% slightly higher Geekbench (CUDA) score

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

18% slightly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

14% slightly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

10% slightly higher 3DMark Graphics score


Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,468 MHz
1,530 MHz
4% slightly higher core clock speed

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,468 MHz
1,785 MHz
21% slightly higher boost clock speed


Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

8 GiB
33% slightly more memory
6 GiB

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

256 Bit
33% slightly larger memory bus width
192 Bit

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

320 GB/s
66% significantly higher memory bandwidth
192 GB/s


Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

110 W
9% slightly lower TDP
120 W

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

94 Gigapixels/s
9% slightly higher pixel rate
86 Gigapixels/s

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

235 Gigatexels/s
49% significantly higher texture rate
157 Gigatexels/s

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

49% significantly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

81% significantly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

81% significantly more texture mapping units

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

33% slightly more render output processors

Other details


Ranking in the hardwareDB database

57th of 526
64th of 526

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

June 2017
March 2019

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip


DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported


OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported


GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q vs GeForce GTX 1660 benchmarks

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark, the GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q GPU is faster than the GeForce GTX 1660 in gaming.

In our comparison, the GeForce GTX 1660 has a slightly higher core clock speed. This is the frequency at which the graphics core is running at. While not necessarily an indicator of overall performance, this metric can be useful when comparing two GPUs based on the same architecture. In addition, the GeForce GTX 1660 also has a slightly higher boost clock speed. This is a frequency that can be reached if the GPU is cooled sufficiently and has enough power.

Furthermore, the spec sheet for both these GPUs show that the GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q has slightly more memory with 8 GiB of memory compared to 6 GiB. Lots of memory is good when playing at high resolutions or with many monitors.

In addition, the GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q has a slightly lower TDP at 110 W when compared to the GeForce GTX 1660 at 120 W. TDP (Thermal Design Power) measures total heat output from the chip.

In conclusion, all specs and GPU benchmarks considered, will recommend the GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q over the GeForce GTX 1660.


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