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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI GeForce GTX 590 SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 6%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 3%
Genshin Impact 30% 7%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 8%
eFootball PES 2021 65% 46%
FIFA 21 65% 46%
Marvel's Avengers 34% 1%
Watch Dogs Legion 33% 3%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 0% 53%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 6%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 590 SLI.

The GTX 980 has a 519 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 590. This results in the GTX 980 providing 132.9 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 519 MHz higher core clock speed but 64 fewer Render Output Units than the GTX 590. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 980 manages to provide 27.6 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 three years more recently than the GTX 590, and so the GTX 980 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 590 when running the latest games.

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 GTX 980 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 590, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 590 has 207.1 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 590 is massively better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 590 SLI has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 590 is 2486. The GTX 980 having 4238 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 590.

The GTX 980 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 590. This means that the GTX 980 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 590.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 590 SLI requires 700 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 1000 Watts for the GTX 590. The GTX 590 requires 350 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 590 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1126 MHzvs607 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)Fermi GF110-351-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Poor
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs24 Mar 2011
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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1920x1080
10
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2560x1440
9.9
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs854 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs1536 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs655.9GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 3072 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs256
Texture Rate288.3 GTexel/svs155.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs192
Pixel Rate144.1 GPixel/svs116.5 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs3
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
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GPU Power Requirements

Max Power350 Wattsvs700 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Ampsvs1000 Watts & 46 Amps

GPU Features

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

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i7-2700K 4-Core 3.50GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs12 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.
The SLI solution of two GeForce GTX 590. Comparable to a single GeForce GTX 690.
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