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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition run games
14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 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. DirectX 12 gaming system requirements will be met by this gpu.

We take a look at game performance achieved on this graphics card when running 2019 popular games. This short GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition game hardware review looks at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. This card runs recommended graphics requirements of 852 games from the top 1000 most demanding games being played today.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We predict that Death Stranding will get 37 FPS with the GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition, Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order getting 37 FPS and Red Dead Redemption 2 getting 52 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

We move on to 1440p, and predict that Death Stranding will deliver playable FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 75 FPS, Medium: 59 FPS, High: 40 FPS and Ultra: 28 FPS. Next we have Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order running on GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition which gets L: 75FPS, M: 59FPS, H: 40FPS, U: 28FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Red Dead Redemption 2 gets L: 104FPS, M: 82FPS, H: 55FPS, U: 39FPS at 1440p. Gaming at 1440p with the GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition 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 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 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 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition? A good choice when looking to upgrade the GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which meets 895 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 21% better performance. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition is the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, which is 30% more powerful and can run 961 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
72 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition is released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-400-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
151 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
75 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
2048
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
-
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
1128 MHz
Boost Clock
1179 MHz
Power
Max Power
165 Watts
PSU
600 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
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GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB created by Gigabyte.


Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 1128MHz, instead of 1126MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1179MHz, instead of 1216MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.


Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Gigabyte WINDFORCE 3X Triple Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.


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


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GeForce GTX 980 Gigabyte WindForce 3X 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
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RAM
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 48% 8%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 83% 26%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 50% 8%
Halo: Reach 87% 71%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 43% 26%
Cyberpunk 2077 43% 26%
Borderlands 3 41% 3%
FIFA 20 64% 51%
Death Stranding 43% 26%
Need For Speed Heat 48% 8%
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