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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Galax SOC 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 Galax SOC 4GB Edition run games
4 Jul 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 980 Galax SOC 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.

Game performance for the GeForce GTX 980 Galax SOC 4GB Edition where we look at the bigger games played in 2020. Looking closely at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. In comparison to the game recommended requirements of the 1000 most demanding games played today this PC hardware can run 803.

A GeForce GTX 980 Galax SOC 4GB Edition card at 1080p is predicted to see a reasonable frame rate when running Horizon: Zero Dawn on Ultra - 53 FPS. Lets look at the predicted performance it will get on Hyper Scape which is 60 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Cyberpunk 2077 is predicted to perform on this hardware, which gets a playable 39 FPS.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We predict the GeForce GTX 980 Galax SOC 4GB Edition will run the upcoming game Horizon: Zero Dawn to a playable performance level. Predictions across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 107 FPS, Medium: 84 FPS, High: 57 FPS and Ultra: 40 FPS. Another game researched was Hyper Scape with predictions of L: 121FPS, M: 95FPS, H: 64FPS, U: 46FPS. And then we researched potential graphics card performance on Cyberpunk 2077, wih estimates revealing L: 78FPS, M: 61FPS, H: 41FPS, U: 29FPS at 1440p. 1440p gaming on the GeForce GTX 980 Galax SOC 4GB Edition 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 Galax SOC 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 Galax SOC 4GB Edition in your PC? This gpu has around 2+ years of running AAA recommended system requirements before any upgrades should be considered.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 980 Galax SOC 4GB Edition? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 20 Series GeForce RTX 2060 3GB GDDR5. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 22% better and can meet 859 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively we would suggest getting a R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, as it can run 945 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 26% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
74 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980 Galax SOC 4GB Edition was released on 30 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 980 Galax SOC 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 Galax SOC 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-400-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
170 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
85 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
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
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1228 MHz
Boost Clock
1329 MHz
Power
Max Power
250 Watts
PSU
600 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
2x 8-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 Galax SOC 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980 Galax SOC 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB.


Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 1228MHz, instead of 1126MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1329MHz, instead of 1216MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.


Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Galax's Triple Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.


Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 8% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.


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GeForce GTX 980 Galax SOC 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
6%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 39% 23%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 27% 11%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 45% 23%
Valorant 97% 91%
Grand Theft Auto VI 17% 33%
Death Stranding 46% 6%
Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris 52% 26%
F1 2020 87% 2%
Doom Eternal 9% 9%
Hyper Scape 59% 17%
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