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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI GeForce GTX 650 MSI OC 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 373%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 336%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 385%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 0% 584%
eFootball PES 2021 65% 141%
Genshin Impact 30% 377%
FIFA 21 65% 141%
Death Stranding 30% 377%
Watch Dogs Legion 33% 360%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 322%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 MSI OC 2GB Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 55 MHz higher core clock speed and 224 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 650. This results in the GTX 980 providing 254 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 980 has a 55 MHz higher core clock speed and 112 more Render Output Units than the GTX 650. This results in the GTX 980 providing 127 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 980 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 650, and so the GTX 980 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 650.

The GTX 980 has 6144 MB more video memory than the GTX 650, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 980 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 has 368.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 650, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 650.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 650 MSI OC 2GB Edition has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 is 411. The GTX 980 having 6313 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 650.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GeForce GTX 650 MSI OC 2GB Edition. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1126 MHzvs1071 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)Kepler GK107-450-A2
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs01 Sep 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
10
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5.8
1920x1080
10
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4.8
2560x1440
9.9
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3.1
3840x2160
7.8
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2.1

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs80GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 256 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs384
Actual Shader Performance100%vs20%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs32
Texture Rate288.3 GTexel/svs34.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs16
Pixel Rate144.1 GPixel/svs17.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power350 Watts-
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Amps-

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution5760x1080vs1600x900

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.

GPU
It consists of 2 GPUs codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 128 ROPs, on a 512-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1126MHz and goes up to 1216MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 300W and 400W.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is over 7% faster than AMD's Radeon R9 295X2.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Six Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 16GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI.
GeForce GTX 650 MSI OC 2GB Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class GeForce GTX 650 2GB.
This special edition comes with All Solid Capacitors which increase GPU lifespan, according to MSI and overclocked out of the box to 1071MHz.
Its performance is lower than the GeForce GTX 650 MSI OC 1GB because its central unit is lower clocked and the extra video ram does not benefit this GPU in anyway. Expect a 2.5% performance boost when compared to the reference card.
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