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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 4GB run games
31 Oct 2019 - 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 2019 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 778 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

Running at 1080p this card gets a reasonable frame rate from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare with 46 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Microsoft Flight Simulator which is predicted to return a playable 35 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Borderlands 3 which we saw getting a reasonable 50 FPS.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to see how the GeForce GTX 980 4GB dealt with it. It scored up a playable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 93 FPS, Medium: 73 FPS, High: 49 FPS and Ultra: 35 FPS. Next we looked at Microsoft Flight Simulator which we predict will be playable with a 26 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Borderlands 3 that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 38. 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? 2-3 years of top end gaming before an upgrade

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 901 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 962 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
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The GeForce GTX 980 4GB was released on 19 Sep 2014

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Maxwell GM204-400-A1
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28nm
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4096 MB
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500 Watt & 42 Amps
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8 GB
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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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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 48% 4%
Need For Speed Heat 46% 4%
Cyberpunk 2077 41% 31%
Planet Zoo 49% 3%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 82% 31%
Diablo 4 35% 31%
Borderlands 3 38% 1%
FIFA 20 63% 49%
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Is this card worth upgrading to for £250? Will my CPU bottleneck it at all?

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yes, is worth and u will not have aby bottleneck

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cheers mate. i ended up getting a 780ti for £165 and it works like a charm.

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Should i buy this or RX 480?

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The GTX 1060 is like equal to the GTX 980 and the RX 480 is equal to the GTX 970 more or less

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Wtf r u mad?

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its all about price, idk in your countries shops … but in mine 980 is very expensive, and rx 480 is very cheap (compared to each other) they are almost same gpus so ill take 480 cuz of big difference in price.

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Great card, but GTX 1060 has already beaten it.

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yes but gtx 980 has also beaten gtx 1060 in many games

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When both overclock gtx 980 is stronger

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Should I get this card or the 980ti? I want to max out games but I'll be mostly playing on 1080p.

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If you have money go with 980ti definetly,you will max every game in next 3 years with that card for sure .

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Agree, 980 is kind of a bad buy, because it is much more expensive and offer minimal gain over a SOC 970, while the 980 ti are by a good mile better than 980 again for similar price difference that you see from 970 to 980. So if you're on budget get a 970 and overclock it madly, but definetly get the 980 ti if your bank allows it ;)

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Okay, when i compare it with R9 Nano, it shows 3% better and says "In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB are marginally better than the AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB."

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Then i scroll down and it says, "The Nano… altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the Nano delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than980"

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which one should i believe??

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Nano is little stronger than gtx980, by few %
"massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than980" is just copied marketing BS

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Hey is this a good upgrade for my sytem a GTX 980 from a GTX 770 running with a non K I7 3770?

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yea its good upgrade but if you can spend little more go for TI its much better choice but of course if alove your budget…

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Thanks for the reply! But the 3770 won't bottleneck a ti?

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noup you should be fine with it with dx 12 games to come should i7 even more benefir from more threads

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Thanks dude. I gave you a thumbs up dude!

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acually if you can i would recommend waiting for the GTX 1080 its better than the 980 Ti and is only 599 but its your choice

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I'm planning on switching sides for now. Can my SilverStone SST-ST50F-ES 500W handle this or nah?

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For 768p resolution?

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I sometimes use VSR when my VRAM can handle it. For games that start using 2gb, I'm starting to have problems. I want to play games at the highest possible setting and even add graphics mods but my 270x is starting to lag behind as new games are being released.

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gtx 970 should be also overkill for 1080p i dont see any reason why you dont think on that in first place also is much better value card performance for buck

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It was because of the 3.5GB VRAM issue of the 970. I lost interest in it.

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there is no issuue gtx 970 is 4gb card when accessing last 512mb of vram you lose like maybi 5% or even less performance so not that much indeed gtx 970 is still great card but if you can find r9 290 for cheap price is also option here in germany is stil best price /performance card for the moment

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Apparently, Nvidia shoved this thing into a laptop without turning it into a stove-top. http://www.pcworld.com/article/2984573/components/nvidia-hits-gaming-milestone-true-desktop-performance-in-a-laptop-with-geforce-gtx-980.html

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GTX 970 SLI or GTX 980 ?? AT my location price difference is not that much

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you can SLI if you have that kind of budget

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I would get the 980 then sli later imo because of the memory issues with the 970 you'll get 7.0 gb fast and 1 gb slow as for the 980 you'll have all 8 gb running the same fast speed if you decide to sli the 980.

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Would my CPU (i5 3350P) bottleneck this card? Also, is it worth upgrading to the GTX 980 from a GTX 770 for 60FPS on ultra settings at 1080p in all games (except for Crysis 3 - gotta be realistic).

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in cpu tensive games yes…about worth upgrading from gtx 770 to gtx 980 id say of course it is but i would try to add little more for gtx 980ti

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Thanks for your reply. I was actually initially planning to get a GTX 980 Ti, but I'm not sure if the difference in performance from a GTX 980 is worth the extra 200 quid. :( This stuff is really expensive for me as it is. Btw, would you say that the i7 3770 would be a much better choice for the CPU or would it still bottleneck a GTX 980 or GTX 980 Ti like my i5 3350P?

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im going to say just what would i do in your place with your rig… sience your res is 900p i dont see any reason to replace your gpu in first place… i would go for other cpu 3570k or 3770k whatever you can get its good and you can oc latter on if you need more power for games…

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I wanted to change my GPU since I'm going to get a 1080p monitor soon, but the differences in performance don't seem to be worth the money. Though if an i7 3770 would get me a few frames more even if I stuck with my GTX 770 for now, I guess I could just delay a GPU upgrade until prices are better or something new comes out (a GTX 970 Ti would be awesome). Thanks again, I gave you a thumbs up. ;)

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naahh i think your gpu should do the work pretty well despide 1080p mine r9 270x still rocking on that res not that much but i can play still everygame on dicent settings i would wait for next line of gpus whatever nvidia or amd.. thumbs up to you 2 mate

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