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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI GeForce GTX 980 Galax 4GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 0%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 8%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 3%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 0% 45%
eFootball PES 2021 65% 49%
Genshin Impact 30% 1%
FIFA 21 65% 49%
Death Stranding 30% 1%
Watch Dogs Legion 33% 3%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 11%

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 980 Galax 4GB Edition.

The GTX 980 and the GTX 980 have the same core clock speed of 1126 MHz, but the GTX 980 has 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 144.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 980. 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 and the GTX 980 have the same core clock speed of 1126 MHz, but the GTX 980 has 64 more Render Output Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 72 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 980. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

Both the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI and the GeForce GTX 980 Galax 4GB Edition were released at the same time, so are likely to be quite similar.

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 4096 MB more video memory than the GTX 980, 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 224.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 Galax 4GB Edition has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3362. The GTX 980 having 3362 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 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 Galax 4GB Edition requires 250 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 GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 100 Watts more than the GTX 980 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 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1126 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)Maxwell GM204-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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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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7.9
3840x2160
7.8
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs224.4GB/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 Units4096vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs128
Texture Rate288.3 GTexel/svs144.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs64
Pixel Rate144.1 GPixel/svs72.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power350 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts & 42 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 i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution5760x1080vs2560x1440

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 980 Galax 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB created by Galax. It doesn't have any new features. Read below to know more.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Clock Frequencies of both Central Unit and Operating Memory Clock Remain the Same.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System remains the same.

Power Consumption
According to Galax, the rated board TDP was unlocked to 250W. A 500W PSU with at least 2 6-pin available recommended is required.

Release Price
GeForce GTX 980 Galax 4GB Edition was released for $549.99. That's the same price of the reference Graphics Card.

Performance
Without a New Cooling Solution or overclocking out of the box, GeForce GTX 980 Galax 4GB Edition is as fast as the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB. Therefore, Dual GeForce GTX 690 is still slightly faster.
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