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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 1070
Red Dead Redemption 2 8% 27%
Halo: Reach 71% 77%
Cyberpunk 2077 26% 0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8% 27%
Doom Eternal 21% 37%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 26% 0%
Grand Theft Auto VI 40% 11%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 43% 55%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 26% 0%
Need For Speed Heat 8% 27%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition.

The GeForce GTX 1070 has a 328 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GeForce GTX 1070 manages to provide 29.9 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 1070 has a 328 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GeForce GTX 1070 providing 21 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 1070 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 980, and so the GeForce GTX 1070 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 1070 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 1070 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GeForce GTX 1070 has 31.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the GeForce GTX 1070 is noticeably better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 1070 has 1920. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3536 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1070 is 4362. The GeForce GTX 1070 having 826 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GeForce GTX 1070 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 1070 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the GeForce GTX 1070 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 1070 requires 150 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 1070. The GTX 980 requires 15 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 1070 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 GeForce GTX 1070.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1178 MHzvs1506 MHz
Boost Clock1279 MHzvs1683 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1Pascal P104-200-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs10 Jun 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs2002 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs256.3GB/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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1920
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units128vs120
Texture Rate150.8 GTexel/svs180.7 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate75.4 GPixel/svs96.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

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

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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

Frame Buffer

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.

Benchmarks Indicate a 4% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
GeForce GTX 1070 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Pascal Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed P104-200-A1 which is a First Gen Pascal GPU and has 15 SM activated, offering 1920 Shader Processing Units, 120 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

The central unit runs at 1506MHz and goes up to 1683MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2002MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

The GTX 1070 is a high end performance GPU, capable of gaming at 1080p across all modern 2016 AAA games at high graphics settings and delivering 60+FPS.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1070 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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