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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI

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

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI 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 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI privilege. But if you can get this graphics solution, then its happy gaming. Capable of running games with up to a DirectX 12 requirement.

We take a look at game performance achieved on this graphics card when running 2019 popular games. This short GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI game hardware review looks at the graphics card frame rate performance on Ultra graphics settings at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions. When considering how well this graphics card can run the 1000 most demanding games available today it can best 985 of the games’ recommended graphics requirements.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI graphics card is returning a reasonable performance on Planet Zoo at 1080p of 59 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Red Dead Redemption 2 which we saw got good frame rates of 76 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Borderlands 3, which was getting 76 FPS under tests.

We move on to 1440p, and tested Planet Zoo which delivered reasonable FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 118 FPS, Medium: 93 FPS, High: 62 FPS and Ultra: 45 FPS. Next we have Red Dead Redemption 2 running on GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI which gets L: 153FPS, M: 121FPS, H: 81FPS, U: 58FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Borderlands 3 gets L: 153FPS, M: 121FPS, H: 81FPS, U: 58FPS at 1440p. Gaming at 1440p with the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI 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 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI 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 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI? If you are thinking of upgrading this graphics card then we would currently suggest the 20 Series GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB. This PC hardware upgrade performs 21% better and can run 997 of today’s 1000 most demanding PC games.
FPS System Benchmark
106 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI is released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2) (x2)
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
337 GTexel/s
ROPs
64 (x2)
Pixel Rate
169 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
4096
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
Driver Support
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Release Price
$1158.00
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
4096x2160
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
8192 MB
Memory Speed
1753 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache
2048KB(x2)
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1216 MHz
Boost Clock
1317 MHz
Power
Max Power
340 Watts
PSU
600 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
None
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
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Resolution Performance
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GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition put together using NVIDIA's SLI Technology.


GPU
It consists of 2 GPUs Codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 128 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1216MHz and goes up to 1317MHz, in Turbo Mode.


Memory
Each GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.


Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 330W and 360W.


System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a Very Strong Processor (Intel Core i7/AMD FX Eight Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI.


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GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Red Dead Redemption 2 64% 38%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 88% 14%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 66% 38%
Halo: Reach 91% 80%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 61% 14%
Cyberpunk 2077 61% 14%
Borderlands 3 60% 34%
FIFA 20 76% 67%
Death Stranding 61% 14%
Need For Speed Heat 65% 38%
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If I bought another one of these cards in the future. How big of a power supply would I need?

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Maybe a bit late, but a 750w can handle 980 sli, if you have the money go for and 800-850 watt, never know when the extra juice might come in handy

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Thanks for the answer! I haven't got another card yet though, 980's are pricey.

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hey guys quick questions i have this gpu 2 msi gtx 980 4g twinfrozr but i havent put it yet n rm850 psu but should i upgrade my cpu to 4790k?

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I have 4790k CPU and I'm very happy with it I think it worth it! :)
But the 4790 is still powerful CPU.

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