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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition run games
14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition 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. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

How well will the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition run 2019 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. This card runs recommended graphics requirements of 770 games from the top 1000 most demanding games being played today.

A GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition card at 1080p is seeing a playable frame rate when running Planet Zoo on Ultra - 35 FPS. Lets look at the predicted performance it will get on Diablo 4 which is 35 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Death Stranding is predicted to perform on this hardware, which gets a playable 35 FPS.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have looked at Planet Zoo where it was playable. The frame rates it scored for the game presets were - Low: 69 FPS, Medium: 55 FPS, High: 37 FPS and Ultra: 26 FPS. We added Diablo 4 to our research and predict it will be playable with a 26 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then researched Death Stranding leading us to predict 26 FPS at Ultra 1440p. In summary we feel the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition running at 1440p is not a bad choice for a larger screen size like this. Some games will struggle though, but with some careful graphic option adjustments in-game you can normally find a suitable visual experience with this GPU at 1440p.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition in your PC? No graphics card upgrade required for 2 to 3 years of meeting top end game system requirements

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition? A good choice when looking to upgrade the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB which meets 899 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 28% better performance. Alternatively we would suggest getting a R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, as it can run 961 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 35% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
69 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition is released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition
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
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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
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
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 Gainward 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980 EVGA 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB created by Gainward. It doesn't have any new fatures. Read below to know more.


Overclock Out of The Box
The Clock Frequencies of both Central Unit and Operating Memory Clock Remain the Same.


Cooling Solution
The Cooling System remains the same.


Power Consumption
Gainward didn't specify any Rated Board TDP. It should remain the same. A 500W PSU with at least 2 6-pin available recommended is required.


Release Price
GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition was released for $549.99. That's the same price of the reference Graphics Card.


Performance
Without a New Cooling Solution or overclocking out of the box, GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition is as fast as the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB. Therefore, Dual GeForce GTX 690 is still slightly faster.


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GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
3%
RAM
11GB
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Game Min. Rec.
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 82% 31%
Red Dead Redemption 2 46% 4%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 48% 4%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 41% 31%
Cyberpunk 2077 41% 31%
Halo: Reach 87% 70%
Borderlands 3 38% 1%
Death Stranding 41% 31%
Need For Speed Heat 46% 4%
FIFA 20 63% 49%
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