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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI GeForce GTX 770 SLI
Halo: Reach 80% 70%
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 31%
Red Dead Redemption 2 38% 5%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 61% 41%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 38% 5%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 14% 31%
Doom Eternal 46% 18%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5% 46%
FIFA 20 67% 49%
Need For Speed Heat 38% 5%

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 770 SLI.

The GTX 980 has a 170 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 770. This results in the GTX 980 providing 43.5 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 170 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Render Output Units than the GTX 770. This results in the GTX 980 providing 88.7 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 GTX 980 has 4096 MB more video memory than the GTX 770, 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 0.3 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 770, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is marginally better than the GTX 770.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 770 SLI has 3072. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 7282 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 770 is 3333. The GTX 980 having 3949 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 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI requires 340 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 770 SLI requires 400 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 770. The GTX 770 requires 60 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 770 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 MHzvs1046 MHz
Boost Clock1317 MHzvs1085 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)Kepler GK104-425-A2 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs30 May 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1752 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs448.5GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs3072
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs256
Texture Rate311.3 GTexel/svs267.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs64
Pixel Rate155.6 GPixel/svs66.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs4
HDMI Connections1vs2
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Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power340 Wattsvs400 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs750 Watts

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs12 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1600

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.
GeForce GTX 770 SLI is a combination of 2 GeForce GTX 770 put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.
Together, this combination offers 3072 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs. This, on a 256-bit memory interface, per card, of fast GDDR5. While the central unit runs at 1046MHz and goes up to 1085MHz, in Turbo Mode, the memory clock operates at 1752MHz.
Best case scenario, this combination performs better than dual-graphics GeForce GTX 690 but ultimately, its performance depends on the driver support and on the 3D application.
Therefore, and paired with a powerful processor, all demanding games are playable at the highest settings. Still, this combination might surpass the 450W barrier of TDP and so it will require a very powerful PSU.
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