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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Sea Hawk 6GB Edition GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 23% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 29% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 21% 29%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 11% 0%
Genshin Impact 22% 30%
eFootball PES 2021 61% 65%
FIFA 21 61% 65%
Watch Dogs Legion 25% 33%
Death Stranding 22% 30%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 31% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Sea Hawk 6GB Edition.

The GTX 980 Ti has a 64 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 80 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980 Ti. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 78.9 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 980 Ti. 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 Ti has a 64 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 980 Ti. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 29.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 980 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 less than a year after the GTX 980, 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 980 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 980 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 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 has 108.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the GTX 980 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Sea Hawk 6GB Edition has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 Ti is 4908 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 1816 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 980 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Sea Hawk 6GB Edition requires 250 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 980 Ti and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 100 Watts more than the GTX 980 Ti 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 980 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1190 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1291 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM200-310-A1Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date26 Aug 2015vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1920x1080
10
green tick vs green tick
10
2560x1440
9
vs green tick
9.9
3840x2160
7.1
vs green tick
7.8

GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1774 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth340.6GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 3072 KB vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units176vs256
Texture Rate209.4 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs128
Pixel Rate114.2 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Sea Hawk 6GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Enthusiast GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1190MHz, instead of 1000MHz and goes up to 1291MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock has been increased from 1753MHz to 1774MHz.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Liquid cooling for the GPU and air cooling for the memory and VRAMS.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 11% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
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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