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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 1080
Halo: Reach 71% 79%
Cyberpunk 2077 26% 9%
Red Dead Redemption 2 8% 34%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 43% 59%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8% 34%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 26% 9%
Doom Eternal 21% 43%
Grand Theft Auto VI 40% 1%
FIFA 20 51% 65%
Need For Speed Heat 8% 34%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition.

The GeForce GTX 1080 has a 429 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. This results in the GeForce GTX 1080 providing 106.3 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 GeForce GTX 1080 has a 429 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GTX 1080 providing 27.4 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 GeForce GTX 1080 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 980, and so the GeForce GTX 1080 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 980.

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 1080 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 GeForce GTX 1080 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GTX 1080 has 95.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 1080 is massively better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 1080 has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3536 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1080 is 5989. The GeForce GTX 1080 having 2453 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 1080 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 1080 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the GeForce GTX 1080 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 1080 requires 180 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1080. The GeForce GTX 1080 requires 15 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GeForce GTX 1080 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1178 MHzvs1607 MHz
Boost Clock1279 MHzvs1733 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1Pascal P104-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs27 May 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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2560x1440
8
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3840x2160
6
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1251 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5X
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs320.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick 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 Units2048vs2560
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs16nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs160
Texture Rate150.8 GTexel/svs257.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate75.4 GPixel/svs102.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs7680x4320
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs180 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 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 i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 980 4GB, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1127MHz to 1178MHz whereas the Boost Clock is now of 1279MHz, instead of 1216MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Armor2X is equipped with dual 10cm Propeller Blade fans which generate 20% more airflow compared to traditional fan design. Propeller Blade fans can also be found on the Twin Frozr IV Advanced cards, winning countless awards around the world for cooling performance while remaining silent.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 4% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
Overview
GeForce GTX 1080 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Pascal Architecture.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed P104-400-A1 which is a First Gen Pascal GPU and has 20 SM activated, offering 2560 Shader Processing Units, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1607MHz and goes up to 1733MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Second Gen GDDR5X, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1251MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 180W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate GeForce GTX 1080 can be over 25% Faster than GeForce GTX 980 Ti at 4K. In Fact, even the Dual Radeon R9 295X2 is easily topped.
At 1920x1080, the default rank for all GD Graphics Card, expect a performance boost ranging between 20% and 30%, over GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
As of May 2016, GeForce GTX 1080 is the fastest single Graphics Card available.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1080 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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