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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB
Doom Eternal 36% 17%
Half-Life: Alyx 5% 24%
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 12%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 40% 21%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5% 25%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 40% 21%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 14% 12%
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 40% 21%
Minecraft RTX 12% 47%
Ori and the Will of the Wisps 42% 24%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB.

The GTX 980 has a 216 MHz higher core clock speed and 80 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980 Ti. This results in the GTX 980 providing 135.3 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 216 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 980 Ti. This results in the GTX 980 providing 59.6 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 Ti 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 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 980 Ti, 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 112.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 980 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB has 2816. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 7282 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 Ti is 4091. The GTX 980 having 3191 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 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI requires 340 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB requires 250 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 980 Ti. The GTX 980 requires 90 Watts more than the GTX 980 Ti 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 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1216 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1317 MHzvs1076 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)Maxwell GM200-310-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs01 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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2560x1440
10
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8.5
3840x2160
8.1
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs336.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 3072 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs2816
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs176
Texture Rate311.3 GTexel/svs176 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs96
Pixel Rate155.6 GPixel/svs96 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 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs600 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 i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 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.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is an Enthusiast 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 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 GM200-310-A1 which has 22 SM activated and thus 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 96 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1000MHz and goes up to 1076MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-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 250W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate its performance is slightly above AMD's Dual Radeon R9 295X2 at 1920x1080 but at any resolution above that, the latter proves to be faster.
As expected, $999 GeForce GTX Titan X is also slightly faster but GeForce GTX 980 is beaten in around 20%.
Even so, GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is not a competitive product because a solution of two GeForce GTX 970 in SLI is still much faster and doesn't come at a much higher cost ($658 against $649).

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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