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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI GeForce GTX 1080
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 36%
Watch Dogs Legion 33% 33%
Genshin Impact 30% 30%
FIFA 21 65% 65%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 29%
eFootball PES 2021 65% 65%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 38%
Marvel's Avengers 34% 34%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 0% 0%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI.

The GeForce GTX 1080 has a 481 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the GeForce GTX 1080. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 31.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 1080. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GeForce GTX 1080 has a 481 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 64 more Render Output Units than the GeForce GTX 1080. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 41.3 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GeForce GTX 1080. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GeForce GTX 1080 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 980, and so the GeForce GTX 1080 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 980.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI and the GeForce GTX 1080 have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 980 has 128.5 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GeForce GTX 1080, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GeForce GTX 1080.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 1080 has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724 and the actual shader performance of the GeForce GTX 1080 is 5989. The GTX 980 having 735 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 GeForce GTX 1080.

The GeForce GTX 1080 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the GeForce GTX 1080 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the GeForce GTX 1080 should consume less power than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 1080 requires 180 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GeForce GTX 1080. The GTX 980 requires 170 Watts more than the GeForce GTX 1080 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GeForce GTX 1080.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1126 MHzvs1607 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHzvs1733 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)Pascal P104-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs27 May 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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10
2560x1440
9.9
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9.5
3840x2160
7.8
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7.4

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1251 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5X
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs320.3GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs2560
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs16nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs160
Texture Rate288.3 GTexel/svs257.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs64
Pixel Rate144.1 GPixel/svs102.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs7680x4320
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power350 Wattsvs180 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution5760x1080vs2560x1600

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.
Overview
GeForce GTX 1080 is a High-End Graphics Card based on the Pascal Architecture.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed P104-400-A1 which is a First Gen Pascal GPU and has 20 SM activated, offering 2560 Shader Processing Units, 160 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 1607MHz and goes up to 1733MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Second Gen GDDR5X, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1251MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 180W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate GeForce GTX 1080 can be over 25% Faster than GeForce GTX 980 Ti at 4K. In Fact, even the Dual Radeon R9 295X2 is easily topped.
At 1920x1080, the default rank for all GD Graphics Card, expect a performance boost ranging between 20% and 30%, over GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
As of May 2016, GeForce GTX 1080 is the fastest single Graphics Card available.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1080 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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