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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 580 EVGA Classified Ultra 3GB Edition GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 89% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 74% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 94% 29%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 173% 0%
eFootball PES 2021 4% 65%
Genshin Impact 90% 30%
FIFA 21 4% 65%
Death Stranding 90% 30%
Watch Dogs Legion 84% 33%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 68% 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 580 EVGA Classified Ultra 3GB Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 226 MHz higher core clock speed and 192 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 580. This results in the GTX 980 providing 230.7 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 226 MHz higher core clock speed and 80 more Render Output Units than the GTX 580. This results in the GTX 980 providing 100.9 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 GTX 580, 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 GTX 580.

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 580, 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 246.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 580, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 580.

The GeForce GTX 580 EVGA Classified Ultra 3GB Edition has 512 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 580 is 922 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 5802 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 580.

The GTX 980 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 580. This means that the GTX 980 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 580.

The GeForce GTX 580 EVGA Classified Ultra 3GB Edition requires 244 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 580 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 106 Watts more than the GTX 580 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 580.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed900 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1216 MHz
ArchitectureFermi GF110-375-A1Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Poor vs Great
Release Date25 Nov 2011vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs -
1600x900
9.7
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
7.7
vs green tick
10
2560x1440
5.5
vs green tick
9.9
3840x2160 - vs green tick
7.8

GPU Memory

Memory3072 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1053 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth202.2GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units512vs4096
Actual Shader Performance44%vs100%
Technology40nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units64vs256
Texture Rate57.6 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units48vs128
Pixel Rate43.2 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)2560x1600vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power244 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-880 Quad 3.06GHzvsIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 580 EVGA Classified Ultra 3GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 580, created by EVGA.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 900MHz, instead of 772MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1053MHz, instead of 1002MHz.

Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 3GB - a gimmick in most situations, as the graphics card doesn't prove to be powerful enough to run under circumstances in which 3GB are needed.


Cooling Solution
EVGA Cooling Solution with an 8CM fan.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 10% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 580.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

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.

GPU
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.

Performance
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.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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