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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition
Halo: Reach 71% 71%
Cyberpunk 2077 26% 24%
Red Dead Redemption 2 8% 10%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 43% 44%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8% 10%
Doom Eternal 21% 23%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 26% 24%
Grand Theft Auto VI 40% 38%
FIFA 20 51% 52%
Need For Speed Heat 8% 10%

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

The GTX 980 has a 38 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 980. This results in the GTX 980 providing 4.8 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 38 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 980 providing 2.4 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

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 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The memory bandwidth of the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition are the same, which means the GTX 980 and the GTX 980 have equal limitations when it comes to graphical data transfer.

Both the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition have 2048 Shader Processing Units. Having the same number of SPUs and using the same architecture means that the performance they offer can be compared by looking at the memory bandwidth, Texture and Pixel Rates. In this case, the GTX 980 has 4.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate and 2.4 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate, but the has GB/sec greater memory bandwidth. Although the GPUs are very similar in performance, the GTX 980 takes the edge.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition requires 165 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 GTX 980. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1178 MHzvs1216 MHz
Boost Clock1279 MHzvs1317 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1Maxwell GM204-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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

Memory4096 MBvs4096 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 yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs128
Texture Rate150.8 GTexel/svs155.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate75.4 GPixel/svs77.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs165 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 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 i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1440

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 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB created by MSI. It features a new Cooling Solution and overclocking out of the box. Read below to know more.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 1216MHz, instead of 1126MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1317MHz, instead of 1216MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by MSI's Twin Frozr V Dual Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Power Consumption
According to MSI, the rated board TDP is now higher and of 178W. A 500W PSU with at least 2 8-pin available recommended is required.

Release Price
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition was released for $579.99. $30 more than the reference Graphics Card. .

Performance
At 3K, Benchmarks indicate a 9% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB. Therefore, GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is significantly faster than Dual GeForce GTX 690.
Recommended CPU
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