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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI GeForce GTX 980 4GB
Red Dead Redemption 2 38% 4%
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 31%
Doom Eternal 46% 18%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 38% 4%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 61% 41%
Halo: Reach 80% 70%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 14% 31%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 14% 31%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5% 46%
Need For Speed Heat 38% 4%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB.

The GTX 980 has a 90 MHz higher core clock speed and 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. This results in the GTX 980 providing 167.2 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 90 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Render Output Units than the GTX 980. This results in the GTX 980 providing 83.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

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 4096 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 GTX 980 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 has 224.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 7282 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3362. The GTX 980 having 3920 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 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI requires 340 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB requires 165 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 175 Watts more than the GTX 980 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 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1216 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1317 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)Maxwell GM204-400-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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1920x1080
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2560x1440
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs128
Texture Rate311.3 GTexel/svs144.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs64
Pixel Rate155.6 GPixel/svs72.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power340 Wattsvs165 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
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 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition put together using NVIDIA's SLI Technology.

GPU
It consists of 2 GPUs Codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 128 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1216MHz and goes up to 1317MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
Each GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 330W and 360W.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a Very Strong Processor (Intel Core i7/AMD FX Eight Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is a high-end Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture. It surpassed previous GeForce GTX 780 Ti and cost less. It was also much more energy efficient. Read below to know more.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM204-400-A1 which has 16 SM activated and thus 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1126MHz and goes up to 1216MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, VXGI, MFAA, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan and is identical to the one seen on GeForce GTX 780. The Card is known to run cool and has a maximum operating temperature of 98ÂșC.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 165W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two 6-pin connectors.

Release Price
The release price of $550 is lower than of its predecessor - GeForce GTX 780 which was launched for $649.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB is over 20% faster than its predecessor and even beats GeForce GTX 780 Ti in about 7%.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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