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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 770 PNY Enthusiast 4GB OC Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 13% 39%
Halo: Reach 72% 56%
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 91%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 13% 39%
Doom Eternal 25% 20%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 19% 91%
Grand Theft Auto VI 33% 112%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 46% 14%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 19% 91%
Need For Speed Heat 13% 39%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 PNY Enthusiast 4GB OC Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 258 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 770. This results in the GTX 980 providing 33 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 258 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 770. This results in the GTX 980 providing 50.4 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 770, 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 770.

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 GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 770 PNY Enthusiast 4GB OC Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 770 PNY Enthusiast 4GB OC Edition are the same, which means the GTX 980 and the GTX 770 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 770 PNY Enthusiast 4GB OC Edition has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3959 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 770 is 1706. The GTX 980 having 2253 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 770.

The GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition requires 375 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 770 PNY Enthusiast 4GB OC Edition requires 230 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 770. The GTX 980 requires 145 Watts more than the GTX 770 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 770.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1317 MHzvs1059 MHz
Boost Clock1432 MHzvs1111 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1Kepler GK104-425-A2
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date31 Mar 2015vs30 Aug 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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2560x1440
8.2
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6.4
3840x2160
6.2
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4.7

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1536
Actual Shader Performance100%vs82%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs128
Texture Rate168.6 GTexel/svs135.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate84.3 GPixel/svs33.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power375 Wattsvs230 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 i5-4670K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 980 4GB, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1317MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1431MHz, in Turbo Mode.

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

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Asus's DirectCU II Dual Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 14% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
GeForce GTX 770 PNY Enthusiast 4GB OC Edition is a special edition of GeForce GTX 770.
This edition comes with a custom dual fan cooling solution which by itself should allow a slight performance boost, as GeForce GTX 770 benefits from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology.
Also, it has been overclocked out of the box from 1046MHz to 1059MHz while its boost clock is now of 1111MHz and its frame buffer was doubled to 4GB, which will prove useless. The memory clock was left untouched.
Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
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