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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX Titan Z Palit 12GB Edition GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 30% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 35% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 28% 29%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 1% 0%
eFootball PES 2021 64% 65%
Genshin Impact 29% 30%
FIFA 21 64% 65%
Death Stranding 29% 30%
Watch Dogs Legion 32% 33%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z Palit 12GB Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 421 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX Titan, but the GTX Titan has 224 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the GTX Titan exhibits a 50.1 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 has a 421 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX Titan. This results in the GTX 980 providing 76.4 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 Titan, 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 Titan 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 Titan also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX Titan has 223.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the GTX Titan is massively better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX Titan Z Palit 12GB Edition has 5760 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX Titan is 5046 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 1678 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX Titan performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX Titan Z Palit 12GB Edition requires 375 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 700 Watts for the GTX Titan and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX Titan requires 25 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX Titan to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed705 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock876 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureKepler GK110-430-B1 (x2)Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Good vs Fair
Driver Support Good vs Great
Release Date28 May 2014vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory12288 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus768 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth672GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 3072 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 Units5760vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units480vs256
Texture Rate338.4 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs128
Pixel Rate67.7 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 Power375 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU700 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 i7-4960X 6-Core 3.60GHzvsIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM12 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution5760x1600vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX Titan Z Palit 12GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Enthusiast GeForce GTX TITAN Z, created by Palit.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit Remains the Same.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System remains the same.

Without Any Overclock Out of The Box, GeForce GTX Titan Z Palit 12GB Edition is as fast as the reference GeForce GTX Titan Z.
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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