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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition GeForce GTX 980 4GB
Halo: Reach 49% 70%
Cyberpunk 2077 118% 31%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 2% 41%
Red Dead Redemption 2 59% 4%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 59% 4%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 118% 31%
Doom Eternal 37% 18%
Grand Theft Auto VI 143% 46%
FIFA 20 15% 49%
Need For Speed Heat 59% 4%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition.

The GTX 960 has a 64 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 67.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 960. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 960 has a 64 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 960. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 34 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 960. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 960 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 960, 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 960, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 960.

The GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition has 1024 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1732 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3362. The GTX 980 having 1630 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 960.

The GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB requires 165 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 45 Watts more than the GTX 960 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 960.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1190 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1253 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM206-300-A1Maxwell GM204-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date29 Jun 2015vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
8.2
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10
2560x1440
6
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7.9
3840x2160
4.4
vs green tick
5.9

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.2GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs2048
Actual Shader Performance83%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs128
Texture Rate76.2 GTexel/svs144.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs64
Pixel Rate38.1 GPixel/svs72.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs165 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 29 Ampsvs500 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by Gigabyte.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1190MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1253MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Gigabyte's WINDFORCE 2X With Unique Blade Fan which is Equipped with two 90mm unique blade fan and three copper heat pipes. The airflow is split through the triangle design at the fan edge, and is guided smoothly through the fan by special 3D stripe curve design. At the same time, it effectively enhanced the cooling capacity while reducing air turbulence.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is a high-end Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture. It surpassed previous GeForce GTX 780 Ti and cost less. It was also much more energy efficient. Read below to know more.

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 GM204-400-A1 which has 16 SM activated and thus 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1126MHz and goes up to 1216MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, VXGI, MFAA, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan and is identical to the one seen on GeForce GTX 780. The Card is known to run cool and has a maximum operating temperature of 98ยบC.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 165W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two 6-pin connectors.

Release Price
The release price of $550 is lower than of its predecessor - GeForce GTX 780 which was launched for $649.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB is over 20% faster than its predecessor and even beats GeForce GTX 780 Ti in about 7%.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
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