NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

Compare NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 6 GB vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4 GB, specs and GPU benchmark score. Which is the better graphics card for the money?

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Price

The cheapest price from our partner retailers

$ 229
$ 311.51 significantly less expensive
$ 541

Benchmark Score

Overall Score

General gaming and workstation score

58 %
52% significantly better overall score
38 %

Flux Core frame rate

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

75 FPS
30 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate
44 FPS

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

47 FPS
9 FPS slightly higher Electron frame rate
38 FPS

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

56 FPS
23 FPS significantly higher City frame rate
33 FPS

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

35 FPS
4 FPS slightly higher Clouds frame rate
31 FPS

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (CUDA) score

CUDA compute benchmark

60,503
102% significantly higher Geekbench (CUDA) score
29,848

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

55,712
66% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score
33,463

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

51,028
23% slightly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score
41,306

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

5,419
23% slightly higher 3DMark Graphics score
4,376

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,530 MHz
35% slightly higher core clock speed
1,126 MHz

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,785 MHz
46% significantly higher boost clock speed
1,216 MHz

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

6 GiB
49% significantly more memory
4 GiB

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

192 Bit
256 Bit
33% slightly larger memory bus width

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

192 GB/s
224 GB/s
16% slightly higher memory bandwidth

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

120 W
37% slightly lower TDP
165 W

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

86 Gigapixels/s
10% slightly higher pixel rate
78 Gigapixels/s

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

157 Gigatexels/s
0% slightly higher texture rate
156 Gigatexels/s

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

5 TFLOPS
0% slightly better floating point performance
5 TFLOPS

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

1,408
2,048
45% significantly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

88
128
45% significantly more texture mapping units

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

48
64
33% slightly more render output processors

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

65th of 526
95th of 526

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

March 2019
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Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

GDDR5
GDDR5

DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported

12.0
12.0

OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported

4.5
4.5

GeForce GTX 1660 vs GeForce GTX 980 comparison

In our benchmarks, the GeForce GTX 1660 beats the GeForce GTX 980 in gaming performance.

Our database shows that the GeForce GTX 1660 has a slightly higher core clock speed. The core clock speed (or base speed) is the frequency at which the GPU core runs. This metric makes sense when comparing GPUs of a similar architecture or generation. In addition, the GeForce GTX 1660 also has a significantly higher boost clock speed. This is a frequency that can be reached if the GPU is cooled sufficiently and has enough power.

As stated by the manufacturer, the GeForce GTX 1660 has significantly more memory with 6 GiB of memory compared to 4 GiB. Lots of memory is good when playing at high resolutions or with many monitors.

In addition, the GeForce GTX 1660 has a slightly lower TDP at 120 W when compared to the GeForce GTX 980 at 165 W. Heat output doesn't match power consumption directly but, it's a good estimate.

In terms of raw gaming performance in our GPU benchmark, the GeForce GTX 1660 is better than the GeForce GTX 980.

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