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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB
Halo: Reach 49% 74%
Cyberpunk 2077 118% 12%
Red Dead Redemption 2 59% 18%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 2% 50%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 59% 18%
Doom Eternal 37% 30%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 118% 12%
Grand Theft Auto VI 143% 25%
FIFA 20 15% 56%
Need For Speed Heat 59% 18%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition.

The GTX 960 has a 190 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980 Ti, but the GTX 980 Ti has 112 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960. As a result, the GTX 980 Ti exhibits a 99.8 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 190 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980 Ti, but the GTX 980 Ti has 64 more Render Output Units than the GTX 960. As a result, the GTX 980 Ti exhibits a 57.9 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 Ti, 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 Ti has 4096 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 Ti also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 Ti has 224.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 960, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 Ti 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 Ti 6GB has 2816. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1732 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 Ti is 4091. The GTX 980 Ti having 2359 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 960.

The GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte OC 2GB Edition requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 Ti. The GTX 980 Ti requires 130 Watts more than the GTX 960 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 Ti may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 960.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1190 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1253 MHzvs1076 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM206-300-A1Maxwell GM200-310-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date29 Jun 2015vs01 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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10
1600x900
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1920x1080
8.2
vs green tick
10
2560x1440
6
vs green tick
8.5
3840x2160
4.4
vs green tick
6.6

GPU Memory

Memory2048 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth112.2GB/secvs336.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 3072 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1024vs2816
Actual Shader Performance83%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs176
Texture Rate76.2 GTexel/svs176 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs96
Pixel Rate38.1 GPixel/svs96 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU400 Watts & 29 Ampsvs600 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 i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1600

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 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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