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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Gaming 6GB Edition

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI are massively better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Gaming 6GB Edition.

The RTX 2080 Ti has a 172 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980 Ti. This results in the RTX 2080 Ti providing 159.9 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 RTX 2080 Ti has a 172 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 RTX 2080 Ti manages to provide 5.7 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 RTX 2080 Ti was released over three years more recently than the GTX 980 Ti, and so the RTX 2080 Ti is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 980 Ti 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 RTX 2080 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. This is supported by the fact that the RTX 2080 Ti also has superior memory performance overall.

The RTX 2080 Ti has 275.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the RTX 2080 Ti is massively better than the GTX 980 Ti.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI has 4352 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Gaming 6GB Edition has 2816. However, the actual shader performance of the RTX 2080 Ti is 7116 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 Ti is 4862. The RTX 2080 Ti having 2254 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RTX 2080 Ti delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 980 Ti.

The RTX 2080 Ti transistor size technology is 16 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980 Ti. This means that the RTX 2080 Ti is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980 Ti.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti SLI requires 260 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Gaming 6GB Edition requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 650 Watts for the RTX 2080 Ti and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 Ti. The RTX 2080 Ti requires 10 Watts more than the GTX 980 Ti to run. The difference is not significant enough for the RTX 2080 Ti to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 980 Ti.

Can I Run It

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Grand Theft Auto V

207 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

74.3 FPS

The Witcher III

262.8 FPS

The Witcher III

94.4 FPS

Crysis 3

310.8 FPS

Crysis 3

111.6 FPS

Just Cause 4

217.7 FPS

Just Cause 4

78.1 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

189.2 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

67.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

192.6 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

69.2 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

254.8 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

91.5 FPS

Battlefield 1

328.6 FPS

Battlefield 1

118 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

242 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

86.9 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

206.3 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

74.1 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

146.9 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

52.8 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

205.2 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

73.7 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

244.1 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

87.6 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

243.7 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

87.5 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

588.6 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

211.3 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

150.3 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

54 FPS

Metro: Exodus

171 FPS

Metro: Exodus

61.4 FPS

Far Cry 5

272.5 FPS

Far Cry 5

97.9 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

331.1 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

118.9 FPS

Battlefield V

327.6 FPS

Battlefield V

117.6 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

262.4 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

94.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

150.3 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

54 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

209.4 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

75.2 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

76.4 FPS

Grand Theft Auto V

27.4 FPS

The Witcher III

115.4 FPS

The Witcher III

41.4 FPS

Crysis 3

97.3 FPS

Crysis 3

34.9 FPS

Just Cause 4

75.3 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

83.7 FPS

Final Fantasy XV

30.1 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

115.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Origins

41.4 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

76.4 FPS

Rise of the Tomb Raider

27.4 FPS

Battlefield 1

153.9 FPS

Battlefield 1

55.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

88.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Unity

31.7 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

95.4 FPS

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

34.3 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

67.9 FPS

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

24.4 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

96.8 FPS

Total War: Warhammer 2

34.8 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

84.1 FPS

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

30.2 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

93.2 FPS

Hitman 2 (2018)

33.5 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

153.9 FPS

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

55.2 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

71.8 FPS

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

25.8 FPS

Far Cry 5

91.7 FPS

Far Cry 5

32.9 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

114.6 FPS

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

41.2 FPS

Battlefield V

151.2 FPS

Battlefield V

54.3 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

142.6 FPS

Forza Horizon 4

51.2 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

73.9 FPS

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

26.5 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

109.5 FPS

Far Cry: New Dawn

39.3 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1350 MHzvs1178 MHz
Boost Clock1635 MHzvs1279 MHz
ArchitectureTuring TU102-300A-K1-A1Maxwell GM200-310-A1
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date20 Sep 2018vs02 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory11264 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1775 MHz
Memory Bus352 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR6vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth616GB/secvs340.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 6144 KB green tick vs 3072 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4352vs2816
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology12nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units272vs176
Texture Rate367.2 GTexel/svs207.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units88vs96
Pixel Rate118.8 GPixel/svs113.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power260 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU650 Wattsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.1
Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL-vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-8700K 6-Core 3.7GHzvsIntel 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 RTX 2080 Ti is the top RTX 20 Series graphics card and considered an Enthusiast graphics card based on the Turing architecture. Architecture The Turing architecture represents a process shrink down to 12nm compared to 14nm Pascal. The Turing architecture provides the world's first consumer support for real-time ray-tracing technology, or RTX. GPU It equips a GPU Codenamed TU102 which has 4352 Shader Processing Units, 272 TMUs and 88 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1350MHz and goes up to 1545MHz in Boost mode. It also has 544 Tensor Cores for AI purposes. Memory The GPU accesses an 11GB frame buffer of first-gen GDDR6 memory through a 352-bit memory interface, while the Memory clock operates at 1750MHz, or 14GHz effective. Power Consumption With a rated board TDP of 285W, it requires at least a 650W PSU with two 8-pin power connectors. System Suggestions GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a top-End Processor and at least 16GB of RAM for optimal performance.Overview
GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Gaming 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 1178MHz, instead of 1000MHz and goes up to 1279MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1775MHz, instead of 1753MHz.

Frame Buffer
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Cooling Solution
MSIs Twin Frozr V Thermal Designs are equipped with Zero Frozr technology which was first introduced by MSI back in 2008. Zero Frozr technology eliminates fan noise in low-load situations by stopping the fans when they are not needed. Compared to other graphics cards, there is no continuous hum of airflow to tell you theres a powerful graphics card in your gaming rig.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 11% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB.
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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