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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition run games
14 Nov 2019 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 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. GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

Lets look at the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition game performance guide for some of the biggest games played in 2019. In particular we will see how well this graphics card runs on Ultra settings on 1080p resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 854 games in the list.

Looking at some of the modern popular games people are playing today the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is running Borderlands 3 and delivering reasonable performances on 1080p Ultra, getting 52 frames per second. Comparing this to Cyberpunk 2077 which is predicted to get playable results, where it averages 37 FPS. Another popular game we looked at is Need For Speed Heat, which is running at 52 frames per second.

Next up we increase screen res tests to accommodate the growing in popularity 1440p screen size. So we booted up Borderlands 3 to see how the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition dealt with it. It scored up a playable series of FPS results across these graphics presets - Low: 104 FPS, Medium: 82 FPS, High: 55 FPS and Ultra: 39 FPS. Next we looked at Cyberpunk 2077 which we predict will be playable with a 28 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And finally looked at Need For Speed Heat that got an Ultra 1440p FPS of 39. Running games at 1440p with a GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 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 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 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 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition? A great upgrade graphics card would be a 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB, which has 21% better performance and can run 897 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today. Alternatively if you want an upgrade suggestion for the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition then a good choice would be R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB as this is better than 961 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 30% better performance as well.
FPS System Benchmark
72 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition was released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-400-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
164 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
82 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
3
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1178 MHz
Boost Clock
1279 MHz
Power
Max Power
165 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 33 Amps
Power Connector
2x 8-pin
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 Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 980 4GB, created by MSI.


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1127MHz to 1178MHz whereas the Boost Clock is now of 1279MHz, instead of 1216MHz.


Overclock: Memory Clock
None.


Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Armor2X is equipped with dual 10cm Propeller Blade fans which generate 20% more airflow compared to traditional fan design. Propeller Blade fans can also be found on the Twin Frozr IV Advanced cards, winning countless awards around the world for cooling performance while remaining silent.


Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 4% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.


Source [Pip]
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
4%
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%
Death Stranding 43% 26%
Cyberpunk 2077 43% 26%
Need For Speed Heat 48% 8%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 43% 26%
Planet Zoo 51% 1%
FIFA 20 64% 51%
Diablo 4 37% 26%
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