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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 4GB run games
28 Oct 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 980 4GB graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

This PC hardware performance game review for the GeForce GTX 980 4GB graphics card, when running 2020 more popular games, lets us see what type of FPS this card gets when playing at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions and ultra settings. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 613 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

Running at 1080p this card is predicted to get a reasonable frame rate from Cyberpunk 2077 with 50 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Mafia: Definitive Edition which returns a playable 28 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War which we predict will get a reasonable 46 FPS.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we researched the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 to predict how the GeForce GTX 980 4GB would deal with it. Our research revealed a playable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 100 FPS, Medium: 79 FPS, High: 53 FPS and Ultra: 38 FPS. Next we looked at Mafia: Definitive Edition which was weak with a 21 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War that we predict will get an Ultra 1440p FPS of 35. Gaming at 1440p with the GeForce GTX 980 4GB is a perfectly suitable selection of hardware for theis larger screen size. If a game at 1440p struggles a bit or experiences a frame drop then you can tweak settings in game to help get it stable. This might mean lowering it to medium or low in some specific options.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980 4GB graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 4GB in your PC? There is still 2 years of top end gaming left in this GeForce GTX 980 4GB

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 980 4GB? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 26% better and can meet 821 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively if you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 35% better and can run 924 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
FPS System Benchmark
69 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980 4GB is released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 980 4GB Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 4GB
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-400-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
156 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
78 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
2048
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
-
Driver Support
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Release Price
$549.99
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
5120x3200
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1753 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache
2048KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
3
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1126 MHz
Boost Clock
1216 MHz
Power
Max Power
165 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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GeForce GTX 980 4GB Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is a high-end Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture. It surpassed previous GeForce GTX 780 Ti and cost less. It was also much more energy efficient. Read below to know more.


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 GM204-400-A1 which has 16 SM activated and thus 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1126MHz and goes up to 1216MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.


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


Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan and is identical to the one seen on GeForce GTX 780. The Card is known to run cool and has a maximum operating temperature of 98ºC.


Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 165W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two 6-pin connectors.


Release Price
The release price of $550 is lower than of its predecessor - GeForce GTX 780 which was launched for $649.


Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB is over 20% faster than its predecessor and even beats GeForce GTX 780 Ti in about 7%.


System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.


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GeForce GTX 980 4GB vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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RAM
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 22% 0%
Watch Dogs Legion 13% 3%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 41% 8%
Genshin Impact 72% 1%
FIFA 21 63% 49%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 48% 3%
eFootball PES 2021 54% 49%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 11% 11%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 56% 45%
Marvel's Avengers 54% 4%
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