NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti

Compare NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6 GB vs NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 8 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

60 %
110 %
83% significantly better overall score

Flux Core frame rate

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

67 FPS
153 FPS
87 FPS significantly higher Flux Core frame rate

Electron frame rate

Randomly generated noise sphere test

54 FPS
79 FPS
25 FPS significantly higher Electron frame rate

City frame rate

Procedurally generated city scene with voxel rendering

46 FPS
114 FPS
68 FPS significantly higher City frame rate

Clouds frame rate

Real-time noise calculation and ray marching test

43 FPS
61 FPS
18 FPS significantly higher Clouds frame rate

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Other Benchmarks

Geekbench (CUDA) score

CUDA compute benchmark

36,268
128,321
253% significantly higher Geekbench (CUDA) score

Geekbench (OpenCL) score

OpenCL compute benchmark

40,025
120,183
200% significantly higher Geekbench (OpenCL) score

Geekbench (Vulkan) score

Vulkan compute benchmark

54,616
95,490
74% significantly higher Geekbench (Vulkan) score

3DMark Graphics score

High-end graphics benchmark

5,798
11,624
100% significantly higher 3DMark Graphics score

Specifications

Core Clock Speed

Nominal chip frequency

1,076 MHz
1,410 MHz
31% slightly higher core clock speed

Boost Clock Speed

Higher turbo frequency when power conditions are met

1,076 MHz
1,665 MHz
54% significantly higher boost clock speed

Memory

Onboard memory size for textures and vertices

6 GiB
8 GiB
33% slightly more memory

Memory Bus Width

Number of parallel lines to the memory chips

384 Bit
49% significantly larger memory bus width
256 Bit

Memory Bandwidth

Data transfer speed between GPU core and memory

337 GB/s
448 GB/s
33% slightly higher memory bandwidth

TDP

Thermal Design Power: Measure of heat generated by the GPU

250 W
200 W
25% slightly lower TDP

Pixel Rate

Number of pixels that can be rendered per second

103 Gigapixels/s
133 Gigapixels/s
28% slightly higher pixel rate

Texture Rate

Number of textured pixels that can be rendered per second

189 Gigatexels/s
253 Gigatexels/s
33% slightly higher texture rate

Floating Point Performance

Raw number of floating point operations per second

6 TFLOPS
16 TFLOPS
167% significantly better floating point performance

Shading Units

Number of processors dedicated to shader processing

2,816
4,864
72% significantly more shading units

Texture Mapping Units

Number of processors dedicated to applying textures

176
15% slightly more texture mapping units
152

Render Output Processors

Number of processors dedicated to final pixel rendering

96
20% slightly more render output processors
80

Other details

Rank

Ranking in the hardwareDB database

61st of 536
21st of 536

Release date

The official date of release of this chip

June 2015
December 2020

Memory Type

The type of memory used by this chip

GDDR5
GDDR6

DirectX Support

Maximum version of DirectX supported

12.0
12.0

OpenGL Support

Maximum version of OpenGL supported

4.5
4.6

GeForce GTX 980 Ti vs GeForce RTX 3060 Ti comparison

According to the hardwareDB Benchmark, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti GPU is faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti in gaming.

In our comparison, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 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 RTX 3060 Ti also has a significantly higher boost clock speed: the maximum frequency the chip can reach if power delivery and thermals allow.

As stated by the manufacturer, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti 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 RTX 3060 Ti has a slightly lower TDP at 200 W when compared to the GeForce GTX 980 Ti at 250 W. This is not a measure of performance, but rather the amount of heat generated by the chip when running at its highest speed.

According to the results of the hardwareDB benchmark utility, the GeForce RTX 3060 Ti is faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti.

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