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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition run games
4 Apr 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 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.

How well will the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition run 2021 games? We will take a look at the biggest releases and frames per second analysis on Ultra graphics settings. This card runs recommended graphics requirements of 532 games from the top 1000 most demanding games being played today.

A GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition card at 1080p is predicted to see a weak frame rate when running Far Cry 6 on Ultra - 20 FPS. Lets look at the performance its getting on Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time which is 56 FPS. To add a bit more variety lets see how the popular Outriders performs on this hardware, which gets a playable 35 FPS.

People are turning their increasingly more powerful graphics cards to the popular 1440p screen size so we tested the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition to see how it performs on 1440p. First off we have researched Far Cry 6 and predict it will be weak. The frame rates predicted for the game presets were - Low: 40 FPS, Medium: 32 FPS, High: 21 FPS and Ultra: 15 FPS. We added Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time to our tests and saw it was playable with a 43 FPS at Ultra 1440p. And then tested Outriders which got 26 FPS at Ultra 1440p. In summary we feel the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition running at 1440p 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 Gainward 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition in your PC? Upgrade time for this GPU is currently placed at 2 years

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition? A good choice when looking to upgrade the GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB which meets 789 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 26% better performance. Alternatively we would suggest getting a R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, as it can run 906 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 35% increased graphics performance.
FPS System Benchmark
69 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition was released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-400-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
156 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
78 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
$549.99
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
2
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1126 MHz
Boost Clock
1216 MHz
Power
Max Power
165 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-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 Gainward 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980 EVGA 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB created by Gainward. It doesn't have any new fatures. Read below to know more.


Overclock Out of The Box
The Clock Frequencies of both Central Unit and Operating Memory Clock Remain the Same.


Cooling Solution
The Cooling System remains the same.


Power Consumption
Gainward didn't specify any Rated Board TDP. It should remain the same. A 500W PSU with at least 2 6-pin available recommended is required.


Release Price
GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition was released for $549.99. That's the same price of the reference Graphics Card.


Performance
Without a New Cooling Solution or overclocking out of the box, GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition is as fast as the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB. Therefore, Dual GeForce GTX 690 is still slightly faster.


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GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
16%
RAM
12GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Age of Empires IV 64% 1%
Grand Theft Auto VI 11% 42%
Resident Evil 8 34% 31%
Far Cry 6 11% 46%
Outriders 64% 31%
Battlefield 6 41% 31%
It Takes Two 66% 13%
Star Citizen 11% 11%
Total War: Rome Remastered 96% 82%
Valheim 49% 1%
GeForce GTX 980 Gainward 4GB Edition Extras
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