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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB
Red Dead Redemption 2 8% 34%
Doom Eternal 21% 15%
Cyberpunk 2077 26% 84%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8% 34%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 43% 18%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 26% 84%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 26% 84%
Grand Theft Auto VI 40% 104%
Need For Speed Heat 8% 34%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 96% 95%

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

The GTX 980 has a 128 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960 Ti. This results in the GTX 980 providing 50 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 has a 128 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 960 Ti and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 980 providing 8.2 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 960 Ti was released over a year more recently than the GTX 980, and so the GTX 960 Ti 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 GTX 980 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 960 Ti, 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 memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB are the same, which means the GTX 980 and the GTX 960 Ti have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB has 1536. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3536 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 Ti is 1809. The GTX 980 having 1727 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 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB requires 140 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 960 Ti. The GTX 980 requires 25 Watts more than the GTX 960 Ti to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 980 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 960 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1178 MHzvs1050 MHz
Boost Clock1279 MHzvs1178 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1Maxwell GM204-200-KD
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs31 Oct 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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8.9
2560x1440
8
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3840x2160
6
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1536
Actual Shader Performance100%vs87%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs96
Texture Rate150.8 GTexel/svs100.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate75.4 GPixel/svs67.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs0
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs140 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs450 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12
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 i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

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 960 Ti 2GB is an upcoming high-end Graphics Card based on the first revision of the Maxwell architecture.

Architecture
The first variant of the Maxwell Architecture succeeds the Kepler Architecture. Despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, it has an extremely large L2 Cache 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.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM204-200-KD which has 12 SM activated and thus offers 1536 Shader Processing Units, 96 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The central unit runs at ????MHz and goes up to ????MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 2GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.

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

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 140W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Coming Soon!

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i5 Quad Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 960 Ti 2GB.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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