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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition run games
28 Oct 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 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. All games with system requirements of DirectX 12 or lower are met by this card.

What FPS performance can the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition get on latest AAA 2020 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. In comparison to the game recommended requirements of the 1000 most demanding games played today this PC hardware can run 771.

With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition can run Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War at 1080p and predict it will return good frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 161 FPS, Medium: 127 FPS, High: 85 FPS and Ultra: 61 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Marvel's Avengers returns a reasonable 54 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we researched the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War to predict how the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition would deal with it. Our research revealed a reasonable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 123 FPS, Medium: 97 FPS, High: 65 FPS and Ultra: 47 FPS. Next we looked at Marvel's Avengers which was playable with a 41 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Microsoft Flight Simulator that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 47. Gaming at 1440p with the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition is a reliable performer at this larger resolution for modern games. The graphics card will be good to run 1440p on Ultra or High settings.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 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 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the 20 Series GeForce RTX 2060 3GB GDDR6 which is 20% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 829 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively we would suggest getting a R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, as it can run 924 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 24% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
76 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition is released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-400-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
177 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
88 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
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1279 MHz
Boost Clock
1380 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 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB, created by EVGA.


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1279MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1380MHz, in Turbo Mode.


Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.


Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by EVGA's ACX 2.0 Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.


Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 10% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.


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GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
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Assassins Creed: Valhalla 46% 15%
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FIFA 21 66% 53%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 18% 18%
eFootball PES 2021 57% 53%
Ghostrunner 47% 18%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 29% 12%
GeForce GTX 980 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition Extras
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