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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI GeForce GTX 960 2GB
Red Dead Redemption 2 38% 62%
Doom Eternal 46% 39%
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 123%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 38% 62%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 61% 0%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 14% 123%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 14% 123%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5% 148%
Need For Speed Heat 38% 62%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 98% 94%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 2GB.

The GTX 980 has a 89 MHz higher core clock speed and 192 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960. This results in the GTX 980 providing 239.2 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 89 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Render Output Units than the GTX 960. This results in the GTX 980 providing 119.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 960 was released less than a year after the GTX 980, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance 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 6144 MB more video memory than the GTX 960, 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 336.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 960, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 2GB has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 7282 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1628. The GTX 980 having 5654 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 960.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI requires 340 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 2GB requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960. The GTX 980 requires 220 Watts more than the GTX 960 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 960.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1216 MHzvs1127 MHz
Boost Clock1317 MHzvs1178 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)Maxwell GM206-300-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs22 Jan 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
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1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
10
green tick vs
8.2
2560x1440
10
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5.9
3840x2160
8.1
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4.3

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs112.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs1024
Actual Shader Performance100%vs78%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs64
Texture Rate311.3 GTexel/svs72.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs32
Pixel Rate155.6 GPixel/svs36.1 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 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs400 Watts & 27 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 i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

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 960 2GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Maxwell architecture.

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 the VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) Technology 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 GM206-300-A1 which has 8 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 1024 Shader Processing Units, 64 TMUs and 32 ROPs. The Central Unit is initially clocked at 1127MHz and goes up to 1158MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 400W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
At 1920x1080, the best suited resolution for GeForce GTX 960, benchmarks indicate its performance is a little over the older GeForce GTX 670.
Therefore, GeForce GTX 770 and even Radeon R9 280X are still faster, though less energy efficient.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 960 2GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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GeForce GTX 960 MSI 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA ACX 2.0+ 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 PNY 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 1X 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 1X 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit JetStream 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 PNY XLR8 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gainward OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 2X OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ 2X OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Point of View AMMO OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Tiger OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax Gamer OC Mini Black 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA Superclocked 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax EXOC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 100ME 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Mini OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit JetStream 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gainward Phantom 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA SuperSC ACX 2.0+ 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac AMP! 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac AMP! v2 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA SuperSC ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Strix DirectCU II OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Turbo OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax EXOC White 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax KFA2 EXOC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Galax KFA2 EXOC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac AMP! 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Asus Turbo OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0+ 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Palit Super JetStream 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte WindForce 2X OC 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gainward Phantom GLH 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 2GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte G1 Gaming 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte WindForce 2X OC 4GB Edition
GeForce GTX 960 Inno3D HerculeZ X3 Air Boss Ultra 2GB Edition

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