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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB GeForce GTX 780 Ti EVGA Classified Kingpin Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 1%
Hitman 3 12% 28%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 21% 10%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 24% 13%
FIFA 21 56% 50%
Grand Theft Auto VI 21% 39%
Far Cry 6 25% 43%
Genshin Impact 14% 1%
Battlefield 6 12% 28%
Resident Evil 8 14% 1%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti EVGA Classified Kingpin Edition.

The GTX 780 Ti has a 72 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980 Ti. This results in the GTX 780 Ti providing 81.3 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 780 Ti has a 72 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980 Ti, but the GTX 980 Ti has 48 more Render Output Units than the GTX 780 Ti. As a result, the GTX 980 Ti exhibits a 44.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 780 Ti. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 980 Ti was released over a year more recently than the GTX 780 Ti, and so the GTX 980 Ti is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 780 Ti.

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 Ti has 3072 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 Ti also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 Ti has 0.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 780 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 Ti is marginally better than the GTX 780 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 780 Ti EVGA Classified Kingpin Edition has 2880. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 Ti is 4091 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 780 Ti is 3275. The GTX 980 Ti having 816 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 Ti delivers a marginally smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 780 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB requires 250 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 780 Ti EVGA Classified Kingpin Edition requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 Ti and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 780 Ti. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs1072 MHz
Boost Clock1076 MHzvs1137 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM200-310-A1Kepler GK110-425-B1
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date01 Jun 2015vs12 Dec 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1750 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth336.6GB/secvs336GB/sec
L2 Cache 3072 KB green tick vs 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs2880
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units176vs240
Texture Rate176 GTexel/svs257.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs48
Pixel Rate96 GPixel/svs51.5 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs2560x1440

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is an Enthusiast Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell 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.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

It equips a GPU codenamed GM200-310-A1 which has 22 SM activated and thus 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 96 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1000MHz and goes up to 1076MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 250W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

Benchmarks Indicate its performance is slightly above AMD's Dual Radeon R9 295X2 at 1920x1080 but at any resolution above that, the latter proves to be faster.
As expected, $999 GeForce GTX Titan X is also slightly faster but GeForce GTX 980 is beaten in around 20%.
Even so, GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is not a competitive product because a solution of two GeForce GTX 970 in SLI is still much faster and doesn't come at a much higher cost ($658 against $649).

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
GeForce GTX 780 Ti EVGA Classified Kingpin Edition is a special edition of the high-end GeForce GTX 780 Ti.
This edition comes with a custom double fan cooling solution which by itself should allow a slight performance boost, as GeForce GTX 780 benefits from the GPU Boost 2.0 technology.
Also, it has been overclocked out of the box from 875MHz to 1072MHz while its boost clock is now of 1137MHz. The memory clock was left untouched.
Benchmarks indicate a 10% performance boost when compared to the reference card and so this card surpasses the mighty GeForce GTX 690.
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