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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1080 Ti GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB.

The GTX 1080 Ti has a 480 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980 Ti. This results in the GTX 1080 Ti providing 155.5 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 1080 Ti has a 480 MHz higher core clock speed but 8 fewer Render Output Units than the GTX 980 Ti. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 1080 Ti manages to provide 34.2 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 1080 Ti was released over a year more recently than the GTX 980 Ti, and so the GTX 1080 Ti is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 980 Ti.

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 1080 Ti has 5120 MB more video memory than the GTX 980 Ti, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The GTX 1080 Ti has 147.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 1080 Ti is massively better than the GTX 980 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti has 3584 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB has 2816. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1080 Ti is 7654 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 Ti is 4091. The GTX 1080 Ti having 3563 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 1080 Ti delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 980 Ti.

The GTX 1080 Ti transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980 Ti. This means that the GTX 1080 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti requires 220 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 1080 Ti and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 Ti. The GTX 980 Ti requires 30 Watts more than the GTX 1080 Ti to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 980 Ti to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 1080 Ti.

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Grand Theft Auto V

105 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

67 FPS

The Witcher III

118 FPS

The Witcher III

71 FPS

Crysis 3

143.9 FPS

Crysis 3

100.5 FPS

Just Cause 4

100.8 FPS

Just Cause 4

54 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

97 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

60 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

118 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

82.4 FPS

Battlefield 1

152.2 FPS

Battlefield 1

106.3 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

112 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

78.3 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

95.5 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

66.7 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

68 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

47.5 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

108 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

82 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

242 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

120 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

69.6 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

48.6 FPS

Metro: Exodus

71 FPS

Metro: Exodus

42 FPS

Battlefield V

135 FPS

Battlefield V

74.5 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

125 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

83 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

87.6 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

61.2 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

113 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

78.9 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

112.8 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

78.8 FPS

Far Cry 5

126.2 FPS

Far Cry 5

88.2 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

153.3 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

107.1 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

121.5 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

84.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

69.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

48.6 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

54.9 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

24.7 FPS

The Witcher III

65.7 FPS

The Witcher III

37.3 FPS

Crysis 3

58 FPS

Crysis 3

31.5 FPS

Just Cause 4

43.1 FPS

Just Cause 4

19 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

50 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

28 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

83 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

24.7 FPS

Battlefield 1

82 FPS

Battlefield 1

49.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

46 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

28.5 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

38 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

30.9 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

38 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

22 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

44.8 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

31.3 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

71.2 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

49.8 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

39 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

23.2 FPS

Battlefield V

64 FPS

Battlefield V

36.5 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

58 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

35 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

38.8 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

27.1 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

38.9 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

27.2 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

43.1 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

30.1 FPS

Far Cry 5

42.5 FPS

Far Cry 5

29.7 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

53.1 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

37.1 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

66 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

46.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

34.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

23.9 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1480 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1582 MHzvs1076 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P102Maxwell GM200-310-A1
OC Potential None vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date05 Mar 2017vs01 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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1920x1080
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2560x1440
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3840x2160
7.9
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GPU Memory

Memory11264 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1376 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus352 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5XvsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth484.4GB/secvs336.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 3072 KB green tick vs green tick 3072 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units3584vs2816
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units224vs176
Texture Rate331.5 GTexel/svs176 GTexel/s
Render Output Units88vs96
Pixel Rate130.2 GPixel/svs96 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power220 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-6900K 8-Core 3.2GHzvsIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs2560x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the top 1000 Series graphics card and considered an Enthusiast graphics card based on the Pascal architecture.

Architecture
The Pascal architecture aims for twice as much Performance as the Maxwell Architecture and introduces support for second gen HBM.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed P102-300-A1 which has 3584 Shader Processing Units, 224 TMUs and 88 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1480MHz and goes up to 1584MHz, in Boost mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 11.2GB frame buffer of second gen GDDR5X memory, through a 352-bit memory interface, while the Memory clock operates at 1376MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 220W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with 2 power connectors, a 6-pin and an 8-pin connector.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for optimal performance.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is an Enthusiast Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture.

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.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM200-310-A1 which has 22 SM activated and thus 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 96 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1000MHz and goes up to 1076MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 250W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate its performance is slightly above AMD's Dual Radeon R9 295X2 at 1920x1080 but at any resolution above that, the latter proves to be faster.
As expected, $999 GeForce GTX Titan X is also slightly faster but GeForce GTX 980 is beaten in around 20%.
Even so, GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is not a competitive product because a solution of two GeForce GTX 970 in SLI is still much faster and doesn't come at a much higher cost ($658 against $649).

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU-Intel Core i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Intel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Intel Core i5-8600K 6-Core 3.6GHz
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