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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
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. 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 2020 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 card runs recommended graphics requirements of 802 games from the top 1000 most demanding games being played today.

Running at 1080p this card is predicted to get a playable frame rate from Grand Theft Auto VI with 33 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Cyberpunk 2077 which is predicted to return a playable 38 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Microsoft Flight Simulator which we predict will get a good 60 FPS.

Moving screen sizes up to 1440p we researched Grand Theft Auto VI on the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition and predict it will get a playable set of frame rates. Here are the low to ultra predictions at 1440p - L: 66FPS, M: 52FPS, H: 35FPS, U: 25FPS. Another popular game to investigate at 1440p with this card was Cyberpunk 2077 which we predicted will be playable in performance netting an Ultra FPS of 29 FPS. Finally we then took a look at Microsoft Flight Simulator where its predicted Ultra 1440p Frame rates were reasonable at 45 FPS. Running games at 1440p with a GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is not a bad choice for a larger screen size like this. Some games will struggle though, but with some careful graphic option adjustments in-game you can normally find a suitable visual experience with this GPU 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 suitable upgrade choice for the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition is the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB, which is 21% more powerful and can run 860 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements. An alternative great upgrade graphics card would be a R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, which has 27% better performance and can run 946 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today.
FPS System Benchmark
74 FPS
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The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition was released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

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)
2048
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
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Driver Support
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Release Price
$579.99
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
5120x3200
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1753 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache
2048KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
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
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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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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GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 16% 16%
Cyberpunk 2077 39% 24%
Valorant 97% 91%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 44% 24%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 27% 10%
Marvel's Avengers 44% 24%
Grounded 74% 25%
Grand Theft Auto VI 16% 34%
Death Stranding 46% 5%
Far Cry 6 16% 38%
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition Extras
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