Select any two GPUs for comparison
VS

Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition 3-Way SLI
Red Dead Redemption 2 38% 48%
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 28%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 61% 68%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 14% 28%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 38% 48%
Doom Eternal 46% 55%
FIFA 20 67% 72%
Grand Theft Auto VI 5% 20%
Need For Speed Heat 38% 48%
Halo: Reach 80% 83%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition 3-Way SLI are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI.

The GTX 980 and the GTX 980 have the same core clock speed of 1216 MHz, but the GTX 980 has 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 155.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 980. 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 and the GTX 980 have the same core clock speed of 1216 MHz, but the GTX 980 has 64 more Render Output Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 77.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 980. 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 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition 3-Way SLI 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 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition 3-Way SLI has 6144. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 7282 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 10924. The GTX 980 having 3642 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 but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition 3-Way SLI. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1216 MHzvs1216 MHz
Boost Clock1317 MHzvs1317 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x3)
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1920x1080
10
green tick vs green tick
10
2560x1440
10
green tick vs green tick
10
3840x2160
8.1
vs green tick
9.3

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs12288 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs673.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB vs green tick 6144 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs6144
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs384
Texture Rate311.3 GTexel/svs466.9 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs192
Pixel Rate155.6 GPixel/svs233.5 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 i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHz
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 3-Way SLI setup of GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition.
Recommended CPU
-
Possible GPU Upgrades
-
-
GPU Variants
-
-

Title

Body