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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition run games
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition
10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is only really challenged by the most demanding games released today, but normally it is more than capable of running games with a stable frame rate at 1080p.

This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

What FPS performance can the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition get on latest AAA 2021 games? In particular our game review looks at the FPS achieved running on Ultra graphics settings on the 1080p screen resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. This graphics hardware can run 763 of the 1000 most demanding PC games played today.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We predict that Battlefield 2042 will get 33 FPS with the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition, Dying Light 2 predicted to get 33 FPS and FIFA 22 predicted to get 92 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We predict the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition will run the upcoming game Battlefield 2042 to a playable performance level. Predictions across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 66 FPS, Medium: 52 FPS, High: 35 FPS and Ultra: 25 FPS. Another game researched was Dying Light 2 with predictions of L: 66FPS, M: 52FPS, H: 35FPS, U: 25FPS. And then we researched potential graphics card performance on FIFA 22, wih estimates revealing L: 184FPS, M: 145FPS, H: 98FPS, U: 70FPS at 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is a good choice of hardware for increased screen resolution gaming. We can see this graphics card is capable of delivering reliable frame rates at Ultra and certainly High graphics settings at 1440p.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition in your PC? 2-3 years of top end gaming before an upgrade

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 45% better and can meet 976 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB, which is 38% more powerful and can run 967 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
74 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition was released on 19 Sep 2014
Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-400-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
169 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
84 GPixel/s
Shader Processing Units
(CUDA Cores)
Ray Tracing
Tensor Cores
Release Price
$579.99
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.4
Resolution (WxH)
5120 x 3200
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096MB
Memory Speed
1753MHz
Memory Bus
256bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache
2048
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1216 MHz
Boost Clock
1317 MHz
Power
Max Power
165 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
2x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
GD Official
GD RATING
7.6
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GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB created by MSI. It features a new Cooling Solution and overclocking out of the box. Read below to know more.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 1216MHz, instead of 1126MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1317MHz, instead of 1216MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by MSI's Twin Frozr V Dual Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Power Consumption
According to MSI, the rated board TDP is now higher and of 178W. A 500W PSU with at least 2 8-pin available recommended is required.

Release Price
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition was released for $579.99. $30 more than the reference Graphics Card. .

Performance
At 3K, Benchmarks indicate a 9% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB. Therefore, GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is significantly faster than Dual GeForce GTX 690.

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