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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition run games
8 Jan 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition will blast beyond the majority of games requirements at 1080p, so crank up your screen resolution to 1440p or 4K and let the beautiful AAA game visuals wash over you. This is how gaming is meant to be played but you are likely to have to pay top dollar for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition privilege. But if you can get this graphics solution, then its happy gaming. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 12 requirement.

Game performance for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition where we look at the bigger games played in 2021. Looking closely at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 824 games in the list.

A GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition card at 1080p is seeing a reasonable frame rate when running Assassins Creed: Valhalla on Ultra - 45 FPS. Lets look at the predicted performance it will get on Far Cry 6 which is 40 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Hitman 3 is predicted to perform on this hardware, which gets a reasonable 51 FPS.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition by playing Assassins Creed: Valhalla which yielded a playable performance. Its FPS results for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 68FPS, M: 58FPS, H: 50FPS, U: 34FPS. Another popular game we researched with this card was Far Cry 6 and that was playable. This graphics card is predicted to deliver 30 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Hitman 3 which is predicted to get playable results with a 39FPS on Ultra 1440p. Gaming at 1440p with the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition is a reasonable performance fit for this resolution. Some of the more resource intensive games may well need a few graphical tweak to get the most out of the graphics card at this increased resolution.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition in your PC? 2-3 years of top end gaming before an upgrade

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition then a good choice would be 20 Series GeForce RTX 2070 as this is better than 982 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 21% better performance as well. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition then a good choice would be RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5700 XT 8GB as this is better than 983 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 24% better performance as well.
FPS System Benchmark
92 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition was released on 26 Aug 2015

GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM200-310-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
230 GTexel/s
ROPs
96
Pixel Rate
125 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
2816
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
-
Driver Support
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Release Price
$749.00
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
5120x3200
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
6144 MB
Memory Speed
1774 MHz
Memory Bus
384 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
340.6GB/sec
L2 Cache
3072KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
0
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1203 MHz
Boost Clock
1304 MHz
Power
Max Power
250 Watts
PSU
600 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
16 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1600
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Enthusiast GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB, created by MSI.


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1203MHz, instead of 1000MHz and goes up to 1304MHz, in Turbo Mode.


Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock has been increased from 1753MHz to 1774MHz.


Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
MSI’s Twin Frozr V Thermal Designs are equipped with Zero Frozr technology which was first introduced by MSI back in 2008. Zero Frozr technology eliminates fan noise in low-load situations by stopping the fans when they are not needed. Compared to other graphics cards, there is no continuous hum of airflow to tell you there’s a powerful graphics card in your gaming rig.


Performance
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GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
12%
RAM
12GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 41% 24%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 55% 30%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 61% 32%
FIFA 21 72% 61%
Grand Theft Auto VI 32% 7%
Far Cry 6 32% 10%
Genshin Impact 79% 24%
Hitman 3 67% 1%
Watch Dogs Legion 34% 26%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 59% 9%
GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition Extras
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