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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified Kingpin ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 84%
Halo: Reach 72% 57%
Red Dead Redemption 2 13% 34%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 13% 34%
Doom Eternal 25% 15%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 46% 17%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 19% 84%
FIFA 20 54% 29%
Need For Speed Heat 13% 34%
Grand Theft Auto VI 33% 105%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified Kingpin ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 674 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 590. This results in the GTX 980 providing 86.3 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 674 MHz higher core clock speed but 32 fewer Render Output Units than the GTX 590. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 980 manages to provide 23 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 three years more recently than the GTX 590, and so the GTX 980 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 590 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 GTX 980 has 1024 MB more video memory than the GTX 590, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 590 has 107.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 590 is massively better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified Kingpin ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3920 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 1290. The GTX 980 having 2630 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 590.

The GTX 980 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 590. This means that the GTX 980 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 590.

The GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified Kingpin ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition requires 365 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590. The GTX 590 requires 200 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 590 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1304 MHzvs630 MHz
Boost Clock1418 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1Fermi GF110-351-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date06 Feb 2015vs24 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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1920x1080
10
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2560x1440
8.2
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs864 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs331.8GB/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 Units2048vs1024
Actual Shader Performance100%vs62%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs128
Texture Rate166.9 GTexel/svs80.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs96
Pixel Rate83.5 GPixel/svs60.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs365 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs700 Watts & 46 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 i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs12 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified Kingpin ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB, created by EVGA.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1304MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1418MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The new EVGA ACX 2.0+ cooler brings new features to the award winning EVGA ACX 2.0 cooling technology. A Memory MOSFET Cooling Plate (MMCP) reduces MOSFET and Memory temperatures and optimized Straight Heat Pipes (SHP) reduce GPU temperature by an additional 5C. ACX 2.0+ coolers also feature optimized Swept fan blades, double ball bearings and an extreme low power motor, delivering more air flow with less power, unlocking additional power for the GPU.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 13% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper is a special edition of the dual-graphics solution GeForce GTX 590.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that went from 608MHz to 630MHz and in the operating memory clock, which is now of 864MHz. Furthermore, it features a new cooling system which keeps the card cool under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the reference card and so it proves to be faster than GeForce GTX 680.
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