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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified ACX 2.0 4GB Edition SLI
Halo: Reach 80% 81%
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 17%
Red Dead Redemption 2 38% 40%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 61% 63%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 38% 40%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 14% 17%
Doom Eternal 46% 48%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5% 8%
FIFA 20 67% 68%
Need For Speed Heat 38% 40%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified ACX 2.0 4GB Edition SLI are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI.

The GTX 980 has a 75 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 980. This results in the GTX 980 providing 19.2 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 75 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 980 providing 9.6 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 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 GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI and the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified ACX 2.0 4GB Edition SLI 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 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI and the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified ACX 2.0 4GB Edition SLI are the same, which means the GTX 980 and the GTX 980 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

Both the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI and the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified ACX 2.0 4GB Edition SLI have 4096 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GTX 980 is 7703 and by the GTX 980 is 7703. Knowing that the shader performance of the GTX 980 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI requires 340 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified ACX 2.0 4GB Edition SLI. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1216 MHzvs1291 MHz
Boost Clock1317 MHzvs1393 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)Maxwell GM204-400-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs01 Oct 2014
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
10
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs448.8GB/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 Units4096vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs256
Texture Rate311.3 GTexel/svs330.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs128
Pixel Rate155.6 GPixel/svs165.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power340 Watts-
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Amps-

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.1
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 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs3840x2160

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.
The SLI setup of GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified ACX 2.0 4GB Edition.
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