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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 295 EVGA CO-OP Hydro Copper 1792MB Edition GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 132% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 114% 36%
Genshin Impact 134% 30%
eFootball PES 2021 18% 65%
FIFA 21 18% 65%
Watch Dogs Legion 126% 33%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 138% 29%
Marvel's Avengers 122% 34%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 235% 0%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 107% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 295 EVGA CO-OP Hydro Copper 1792MB Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 526 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 295. This results in the GTX 980 providing 192.3 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 980 has a 526 MHz higher core clock speed and 72 more Render Output Units than the GTX 295. This results in the GTX 980 providing 110.5 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 three years more recently than the GTX 295, and so the GTX 980 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 295 when running the latest games.

The GTX 980 has 6400 MB more video memory than the GTX 295, 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 212.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 295, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 295.

The GeForce GTX 295 EVGA CO-OP Hydro Copper 1792MB Edition has 480 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 295 is 662 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 6062 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 295.

The GTX 980 transistor size technology is 27 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 295. This means that the GTX 980 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 295.

The GeForce GTX 295 EVGA CO-OP Hydro Copper 1792MB Edition requires 289 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 680 Watts for the GTX 295 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 61 Watts more than the GTX 295 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 295.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed600 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1216 MHz
ArchitectureTesla G200-400-B3 (x2)Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date15 Jun 2009vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory1792 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1053 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus896 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR3vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth235.9GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 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 Units480vs4096
Actual Shader Performance32%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units160vs256
Texture Rate96 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units56vs128
Pixel Rate33.6 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power289 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU680 Watts & 46 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model4.0vs5.0
Open GL3.3vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-960 Quad 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 295 EVGA CO-OP Hydro Copper 1792MB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's Enthusiast GeForce GTX 295, created by EVGA.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central unit is now clocked at 600MHz, instead of 576MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1053MHz, instead of 999MHz.

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution
EVGA Hydro Cooling Solution.

Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the reference GeForce GTX 295.
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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