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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 780 Galaxy HOF 3GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 4% 16%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 11% 7%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1% 19%
Genshin Impact 3% 17%
eFootball PES 2021 51% 41%
Marvel's Avengers 8% 11%
Watch Dogs Legion 6% 13%
FIFA 21 51% 41%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 39% 68%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 14% 4%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Galaxy HOF 3GB Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 122 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 780, but the GTX 780 has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the GTX 780 exhibits a 48.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 980. 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 122 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Render Output Units than the GTX 780. This results in the GTX 980 providing 23.9 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 over a year more recently than the GTX 780, and so the GTX 980 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 780.

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 GTX 980 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 780, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 980 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 780 has 64 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 780 is much better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 780 Galaxy HOF 3GB Edition has 2304. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3260 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 780 is 2438. The GTX 980 having 822 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 780 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 780 Galaxy HOF 3GB Edition requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 780. The GTX 780 requires 85 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 780 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1128 MHzvs1006 MHz
Boost Clock1179 MHzvs1058 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1Kepler GK110-300-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs01 Sep 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
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10
1920x1080
10
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9.7
2560x1440
8
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7.2
3840x2160
6
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5.4

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs288.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs2304
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs192
Texture Rate144.4 GTexel/svs193.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs48
Pixel Rate72.2 GPixel/svs48.3 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB created by Gigabyte.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 1128MHz, instead of 1126MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1179MHz, instead of 1216MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Gigabyte WINDFORCE 3X Triple Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
GeForce GTX 780 Galaxy HOF 3GB Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 780.
This edition comes with a custom double fan cooling solution which will allow a reasonable performance boost from the start, as GeForce GTX 780 benefits from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology.
Also, it has been overclocked out of the box from 863MHz to 1006MHz while its boost clock is now of 1058MHz. The memory clock was left untouched.
Benchmarks indicate a 11% performance boost when compared to the reference card and so this edition performs slightly better than GeForce GTX Titan.
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