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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI GeForce GTX 650 Ti Zotac Boost Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 158%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 138%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 165%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 0% 273%
Genshin Impact 30% 160%
eFootball PES 2021 65% 31%
FIFA 21 65% 31%
Watch Dogs Legion 33% 151%
Death Stranding 30% 160%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 130%

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 Ti Zotac Boost Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 133 MHz higher core clock speed and 192 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 650 Ti. This results in the GTX 980 providing 224.7 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 133 MHz higher core clock speed and 104 more Render Output Units than the GTX 650 Ti. This results in the GTX 980 providing 120.3 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 Ti, 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 Ti.

The GTX 980 has 6144 MB more video memory than the GTX 650 Ti, 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 304.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 650 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 650 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Zotac Boost Edition has 768. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 650 Ti is 813. The GTX 980 having 5911 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 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 650 Ti Zotac Boost Edition requires 140 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the GTX 650 Ti. The GTX 980 requires 210 Watts more than the GTX 650 Ti 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 GTX 650 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1126 MHzvs993 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHzvs1059 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)Kepler GK106-240-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs26 Mar 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1502 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs192 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs144.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 384 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs768
Actual Shader Performance100%vs39%
Texture Mapping Units256vs64
Texture Rate288.3 GTexel/svs63.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs24
Pixel Rate144.1 GPixel/svs23.8 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power350 Wattsvs140 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Ampsvs450 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i5-3450 3.1GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution5760x1080vs1920x1080

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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.

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.

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.

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 Ti Zotac Boost Edition is a special edition of the fast-middle-class GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost Edition (not to be confused with the reference GeForce GTX 650 Ti).
This GFX has its central unit overclocked out of the box from 980MHz to 993MHz (up to 1059MHz in Turbo), while the memory clock was left untouched. A new dual-fan cooling system is also featured.
Benchmarks indicate its performance is on level with the reference card, despite its small OC.
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