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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game HD i7 2700K GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 2700% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 2484% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 2775% 29%
Genshin Impact 2725% 30%
eFootball PES 2021 1325% 65%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 3950% 0%
Watch Dogs Legion 2625% 33%
FIFA 21 1325% 65%
Marvel's Avengers 2575% 34%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 2400% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are massively better than the Intel HD i7 2700K.

The GTX 980 has a 276 MHz higher core clock speed and 254 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD i7 2700K. This results in the GTX 980 providing 286.6 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 276 MHz higher core clock speed and 126 more Render Output Units than the HD i7 2700K. This results in the GTX 980 providing 142.4 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 over a year more recently than the HD i7 2700K, and so the GTX 980 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the HD i7 2700K.

The GTX 980 has 8192 MB video memory, but the HD i7 2700K does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The HD i7 2700K has 12 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the HD i7 2700K is 65 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 6659 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 HD i7 2700K.

The GTX 980 transistor size technology is 4 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD i7 2700K. This means that the GTX 980 is expected to run very slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD i7 2700K.

The HD i7 2700K requires 95 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 300 Watts for the HD i7 2700K and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 255 Watts more than the HD i7 2700K 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 HD i7 2700K.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed850 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1350 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureSandy Bridge GT2Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date23 Oct 2011vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs8192 MB
Memory Speed667 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus128 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth21.3GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 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 Units12vs4096
Actual Shader Performance3%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units2vs256
Texture Rate1.7 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units2vs128
Pixel Rate1.7 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections1vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power95 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU300 Watts & 22 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.1vs5.0
Open GL3.1vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM4 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1024x768vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Intel HD i7 2700K is the specific version of Intel HD Graphics 3000 Desktop that is Integrated in the Core i7-2700K Processor.

The Central Unit Initially Runs at 850MHz and goes up to 1350MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Frame Buffer: Up to 1.7GB.

Memory Channel: 64-bit Or 128-bit.

Memory Clock: Up to 667MHz.

Memory Bandwidth: It is then obvious the Memory Bandwidth depends on a lot of factors and thus this Graphics Card performance may vary heavily from system to system.

Gaming Benchmarks Indicate its Performance is Similar to of a Dedicated GeForce GT 610.

System Suggestions
We recommend 4GB of RAM for a system with Intel HD i7 2700K.
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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