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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Sea Hawk 8GB Edition GeForce GTX 980 4GB
Red Dead Redemption 2 36% 4%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 36% 4%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 41% 11%
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 31%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 13% 31%
Borderlands 3 33% 1%
The Outer Worlds 42% 13%
FIFA 20 66% 49%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 71% 56%
eFootball PES 2020 57% 35%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Sea Hawk 8GB Edition are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB.

The GTX 1080 has a 582 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. This results in the GTX 1080 providing 129.2 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 has a 582 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 1080 providing 37.2 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 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 980, and so the GTX 1080 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 980.

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 has 4096 MB more video memory than the GTX 980, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 1080 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 1080 has 98.9 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 1080 is massively better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Sea Hawk 8GB Edition has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 1080 is 6383 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3362. The GTX 1080 having 3021 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 1080 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 980.

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

The GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Sea Hawk 8GB Edition requires 180 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB requires 165 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 1080 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 1080 requires 15 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 1080 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Grand Theft Auto V

86.1 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

55 FPS

The Witcher III

109.3 FPS

The Witcher III

57 FPS

Crysis 3

129.3 FPS

Crysis 3

85.9 FPS

Just Cause 4

90.5 FPS

Just Cause 4

60.2 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

78.7 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

52.3 FPS

Borderlands 3

65.6 FPS

Borderlands 3

44 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

80.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

55 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

106 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

70.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

136.7 FPS

Battlefield 1

90.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

100.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

66.9 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

85.8 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

57.1 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

61.1 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

40.6 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

85.4 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

63 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

101.5 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

67.5 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

101.4 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

67.4 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

244.9 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

69 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

62.5 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

41.6 FPS

Metro: Exodus

71.1 FPS

Metro: Exodus

47.3 FPS

Far Cry 5

113.4 FPS

Far Cry 5

75.4 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

137.8 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

91.6 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

65.3 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

43.4 FPS

Battlefield V

136.3 FPS

Battlefield V

73 FPS

The Division 2

80.6 FPS

The Division 2

53.6 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

109.1 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

72.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

62.5 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

41.6 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

149 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

99 FPS

Gears 5

68.8 FPS

Gears 5

45.7 FPS

Control

57.3 FPS

Control

38.1 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

87.1 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

72 FPS

F1 2019

123.8 FPS

F1 2019

82.3 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

81.4 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

54.1 FPS

The Witcher III

70.1 FPS

The Witcher III

46.6 FPS

Crysis 3

94.1 FPS

Crysis 3

62.6 FPS

Just Cause 4

61.6 FPS

Just Cause 4

41 FPS

Borderlands 3

62.2 FPS

Borderlands 3

31 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

44.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

29.7 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

123.8 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

82.3 FPS

Battlefield 1

104.4 FPS

Battlefield 1

69.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

62.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

41.8 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

44.7 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

29.7 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

77.9 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

51.8 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

83.6 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

55.5 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

114.4 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

76 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

62.1 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

41.3 FPS

Metro: Exodus

48.1 FPS

Metro: Exodus

32 FPS

Far Cry 5

107.1 FPS

Far Cry 5

71.2 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

80.5 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

53.5 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

49.9 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

33.2 FPS

Battlefield V

104.7 FPS

Battlefield V

69.6 FPS

The Division 2

85.4 FPS

The Division 2

56.7 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

77.9 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

51.8 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

55.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

36.7 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

104.3 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

69.3 FPS

Gears 5

59.3 FPS

Gears 5

39.4 FPS

Control

34.4 FPS

Control

22.9 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

85.2 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

56.6 FPS

F1 2019

98.6 FPS

F1 2019

65.5 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

31.8 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

21.1 FPS

The Witcher III

48 FPS

The Witcher III

31.9 FPS

Crysis 3

40.5 FPS

Crysis 3

26.9 FPS

Just Cause 4

31.3 FPS

Just Cause 4

20.8 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

34.8 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

23.2 FPS

Borderlands 3

15.3 FPS

Borderlands 3

16 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

47.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

19 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

31.8 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

21.1 FPS

Battlefield 1

42.5 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

36.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

24.4 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

39.7 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

26.4 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

28.2 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

18.8 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

40.3 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

26.8 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

35 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

23.2 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

38.8 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

25.8 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

64 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

42.5 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

29.9 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

19.9 FPS

Metro: Exodus

25.8 FPS

Metro: Exodus

17.2 FPS

Far Cry 5

38.1 FPS

Far Cry 5

25.4 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

47.7 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

31.7 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

21.8 FPS

Total War: Three Kingdoms

14.5 FPS

Battlefield V

62.9 FPS

Battlefield V

29 FPS

The Division 2

35 FPS

The Division 2

23.3 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

59.3 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

39.4 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

30.7 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

20.4 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

51.6 FPS

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

34.3 FPS

Gears 5

26.5 FPS

Gears 5

17.6 FPS

Control

17.2 FPS

Control

11.4 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

45.6 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

28 FPS

F1 2019

36.6 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1708 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1847 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitecturePascal P104-400-A1Maxwell GM204-400-A1
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date27 May 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
10
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10
2560x1440
9.7
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7.9
3840x2160
7.7
green tick vs
5.9

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1263 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5XvsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth323.3GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology16nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units160vs128
Texture Rate273.3 GTexel/svs144.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate109.3 GPixel/svs72.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power180 Wattsvs165 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 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 i7-6700K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 1080 MSI Sea Hawk 8GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 1080, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1607MHz to 1708MHz, whereas the Boost Clock can now achieve 1847MHz, instead of 1733MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock has been increased from 1250MHZ to 1263MHz.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


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

Performance
At 1920x1080, Benchmarks Indicate a 5% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 1080. This goes up to 7% at 3840x2160.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is a high-end Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture. It surpassed previous GeForce GTX 780 Ti and cost less. It was also much more energy efficient. Read below to know more.

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 GM204-400-A1 which has 16 SM activated and thus 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs, on a 256-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.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, VXGI, MFAA, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan and is identical to the one seen on GeForce GTX 780. The Card is known to run cool and has a maximum operating temperature of 98ºC.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 165W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two 6-pin connectors.

Release Price
The release price of $550 is lower than of its predecessor - GeForce GTX 780 which was launched for $649.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB is over 20% faster than its predecessor and even beats GeForce GTX 780 Ti in about 7%.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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