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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 40%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 26% 30%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 17% 44%
Genshin Impact 19% 42%
eFootball PES 2021 59% 29%
Marvel's Avengers 23% 34%
Watch Dogs Legion 22% 37%
FIFA 21 59% 29%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 17% 103%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 28% 25%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition.

The GTX 980 Ti has a 472 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 590. This results in the GTX 980 Ti providing 113.4 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 Ti has a 472 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 590 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 980 Ti providing 45.3 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 over three years more recently than the GTX 590, and so the GTX 980 Ti is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 590 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 Ti has 3072 MB more video memory than the GTX 590, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 980 Ti also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 Ti has 4.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 590, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 Ti is marginally better than the GTX 590.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 Ti is 4524 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 1290. The GTX 980 Ti having 3234 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 Ti delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 590.

The GTX 980 Ti transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 590. This means that the GTX 980 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 590.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition requires 250 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper Edition requires 365 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 Ti and a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX 590. The GTX 590 requires 115 Watts more than the GTX 980 Ti to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 590 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 Speed1102 MHzvs630 MHz
Boost Clock1190 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM200-310-A1Fermi GF110-351-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date02 Jun 2015vs24 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
10
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8.9
2560x1440
8.8
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6.6
3840x2160
6.9
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GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs864 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth336.6GB/secvs331.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 3072 KB green tick vs 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs1024
Actual Shader Performance100%vs62%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units176vs128
Texture Rate194 GTexel/svs80.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs96
Pixel Rate105.8 GPixel/svs60.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs365 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs700 Watts & 46 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs12 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Enthusiast GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1102MHz, instead of 1000MHz and goes up to 1190MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Armor 2X Thermal Design: Delivers more airflow than traditional single fan thermal design & Huge heat sink provides better heat dissipation.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 7% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
GeForce GTX 590 EVGA Classified Hydro Copper is a special edition of the dual-graphics solution GeForce GTX 590.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that went from 608MHz to 630MHz and in the operating memory clock, which is now of 864MHz. Furthermore, it features a new cooling system which keeps the card cool under load.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the reference card and so it proves to be faster than GeForce GTX 680.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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