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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Gaming Golden 6GB Edition GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3-way SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 20% 7%
Hitman 3 4% 20%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 27% 15%
The Medium 0% 16%
Resident Evil 8 20% 7%
FIFA 21 60% 53%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 18%
Grand Theft Auto VI 12% 30%
Genshin Impact 20% 7%
Far Cry 6 16% 34%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Gaming Golden 6GB Edition are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3-way SLI.

The GTX 980 Ti has a 275 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 660 Ti, but the GTX 660 Ti has 160 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980 Ti. As a result, the GTX 660 Ti exhibits a 98 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 980 Ti. 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 275 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Render Output Units than the GTX 660 Ti. This results in the GTX 980 Ti providing 48.3 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 660 Ti, 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 660 Ti 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 Ti MSI Gaming Golden 6GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3-way SLI have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 660 Ti has 92 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 660 Ti is massively better than the GTX 980 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Gaming Golden 6GB Edition has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3-way SLI has 4032. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 Ti is 4908 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 660 Ti is 3951. The GTX 980 Ti having 957 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 660 Ti performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Gaming Golden 6GB Edition requires 250 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3-way SLI requires 450 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 Ti. The GTX 660 Ti requires 200 Watts more than the GTX 980 Ti to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 660 Ti 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 Speed1190 MHzvs915 MHz
Boost Clock1291 MHzvs980 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM200-310-A1Kepler GK104-200-KD-A2 (x3)
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date01 Oct 2015vs01 Aug 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
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1920x1080
10
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10
2560x1440
9
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3840x2160
7
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GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1774 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs576 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth340.6GB/secvs432.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 3072 KB green tick vs 1152 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs4032
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units176vs336
Texture Rate209.4 GTexel/svs307.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs72
Pixel Rate114.2 GPixel/svs65.9 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs450 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 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 i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Gaming Golden 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 1190MHz, instead of 1000MHz and goes up to 1291MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1774MHz, instead of 1753MHz.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
MSIís Twin Frozr V Thermal Designs are equipped with Zero Frozr technology which was first introduced by MSI back in 2008. Zero Frozr technology eliminates fan noise in low-load situations by stopping the fans when they are not needed. Compared to other graphics cards, there is no continuous hum of airflow to tell you thereís a powerful graphics card in your gaming rig.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 11% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB.
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3-way SLI is a solution of three GeForce GTX 660 Ti put together using NVIDIA'S SLI technology.
Check the page of GeForce GTX 660 Ti to know more about its chip.
As usual, SLI relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to X% better than a single GeForce GTX 660 Ti performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports SLI or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single GeForce GTX 660 Ti. Expect this combination to draw up to 450 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
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