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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 780 Ti PNY XLR8 Enthusiast OC Edition GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 3% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 5% 29%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 48% 0%
eFootball PES 2021 48% 65%
Genshin Impact 3% 30%
FIFA 21 48% 65%
Death Stranding 3% 30%
Watch Dogs Legion 0% 33%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 8% 38%

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 780 Ti PNY XLR8 Enthusiast OC Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 146 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 780 Ti. This results in the GTX 980 providing 53.1 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 146 MHz higher core clock speed and 80 more Render Output Units than the GTX 780 Ti. This results in the GTX 980 providing 97.1 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 less than a year after the GTX 780 Ti, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance 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 5120 MB more video memory than the GTX 780 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 112.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 780 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 780 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti PNY XLR8 Enthusiast OC Edition has 2880 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 780 Ti is 3010 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 3714 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 780 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 780 Ti PNY XLR8 Enthusiast OC Edition requires 250 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 780 Ti and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 100 Watts more than the GTX 780 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 780 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1045 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureKepler GK110-425-B1Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Great
Release Date07 Nov 2013vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth336GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1536 KB vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2880vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units240vs256
Texture Rate235.2 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs128
Pixel Rate47 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewGeForce GTX 780 Ti PNY XLR8 Enthusiast OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 780.
This edition comes overclocked out of the box from 875MHz to 980MHz while its boost clock is now of 1045MHz. The memory clock was left untouched.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost when compared to the reference card and so this card almost performs on level with a GeForce GTX 690.
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.
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