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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified ACX 2.0 4GB Edition FirePro S9150
Cyberpunk 2077 7% 62%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 15% 48%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 18% 44%
Hitman 3 20% 111%
Grand Theft Auto VI 30% 128%
FIFA 21 53% 18%
Far Cry 6 34% 135%
Genshin Impact 7% 62%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 33% 133%
Watch Dogs Legion 11% 57%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified ACX 2.0 4GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD FirePro S9150.

The GTX 980 has a 391 MHz higher core clock speed but 48 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the FirePro S9150. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 980 manages to provide 6.8 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 980 has a 391 MHz higher core clock speed than the FirePro S9150 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 980 providing 25 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 980 was released less than a year after the FirePro S9150, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The FirePro S9150 has 12288 MB more video memory than the GTX 980, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the FirePro S9150 also has superior memory performance overall.

The FirePro S9150 has 95.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the FirePro S9150 is massively better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified ACX 2.0 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the FirePro S9150 has 2816. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3851 and the actual shader performance of the FirePro S9150 is 2534. The GTX 980 having 1317 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the FirePro S9150.

The GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified ACX 2.0 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts to run and the FirePro S9150 requires 235 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980. The FirePro S9150 requires 70 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is significant enough that the FirePro S9150 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1291 MHzvs900 MHz
Boost Clock1393 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1GCN 2.0 Hawaii XT GL
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date01 Oct 2014vs01 Aug 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs16384 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs320GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs2816
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units128vs176
Texture Rate165.2 GTexel/svs158.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate82.6 GPixel/svs57.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs235 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 42 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Xeon E7-8890 v2
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs5760x1600

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified ACX 2.0 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB created by EVGA. It features a new Cooling Solution and overclocking out of the box. Read below to know more.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 1291MHz, instead of 1126MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1393MHz, instead of 1216MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by EVGA's ACX 2.0 Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Benchmarks indicate a 10% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
FirePro S9150 is a server GPU based on the 28nm GCN architecture.

It's based on the Hawaii XT Core (same used on Radeon R9 290X) and therefore offers 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs on a 512-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked 900MHz while the memory clock operates at 1250MHZ.

Compared to Radeon R9 290X, its central unit is slightly lower and overall its gaming performance is lower than Radeon R9 290X because the latter benefits from certified gaming drivers which unlock the GCN's architecture potential while FirePro S9150 is made for professional applications. Therefore, expect its performance to be between 10% and 15% worse than Radeon R9 290X.
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