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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition run games
22 May 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 980 PNY 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.

Lets look at the GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition game performance guide for some of the biggest games played in 2020. In particular we will see how well this graphics card runs on Ultra settings on 1080p resolution as well as 1440p and 4K. In comparison to the game recommended requirements of the 1000 most demanding games played today this PC hardware can run 695.

Running at 1080p this card gets a strong frame rate from Valorant with 534 FPS on Ultra. Then we take a look at Doom Eternal which returns a reasonable 50 FPS. Another title that we looked at is the popular Crucible which we saw getting a reasonable 50 FPS.

One of the growing popular screen resolutions for PC gaming is the wider 1440p. So we wanted to see how well the GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition performed at 1440p by taking a look at some of the current popular games. First we looked at Valorant and saw it deliver strong frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 1074 FPS, Medium: 846 FPS, High: 570 FPS and Ultra: 407 FPS. We then checked the performance on Doom Eternal to see if that runs well. It was playable with a 38 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition we get the impression that it is a solid performer with higher resolution modern gaming. This graphics card can also bump up to 4K gaming regularly with the latest games still being capable of high or ultra graphics settings at this level.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 PNY 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 PNY 4GB Edition? Upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB which is 28% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 866 games from the most demanding games today. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 35% better and can meet 948 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
69 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition was released on 19 Sep 2014

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

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 PNY 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
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
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 PNY 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB created by PNY. It doesn't have any new features. 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
According to PNY, the rated board TDP remains the same. A 500W PSU with at least 2 6-pin available recommended is required.


Release Price
GeForce GTX 980 PNY 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 PNY 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 PNY 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Graphics Card
4%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Valorant 96% 91%
Cyberpunk 2077 41% 31%
Call of Duty Warzone 48% 4%
Grand Theft Auto VI 11% 46%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 41% 31%
Minecraft: Dungeons 56% 1%
Doom Eternal 3% 3%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 63% 8%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 11% 11%
Death Stranding 41% 31%
GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition Extras
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