Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI run games
14 Jun 2021 - Graphics card reviewed

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI will blast beyond the majority of games requirements at 1080p, so crank up your screen resolution to 1440p or 4K and let the beautiful AAA game visuals wash over you. This is how gaming is meant to be played but you are likely to have to pay top dollar for the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI privilege. But if you can get this graphics solution, then its happy gaming. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

Here is a quick game performance synopsis for the AAA games played in 2021. In particular we focus on how well the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI can run the recommended graphics system requirements for 939 games today, of the top 1000 most demanding.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We are seeing Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis getting 415 FPS with the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI, Battlefield 2042 predicted to get 66 FPS and Resident Evil 8 getting 55 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

We move on to 1440p, and tested Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis which delivered strong FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 835 FPS, Medium: 658 FPS, High: 443 FPS and Ultra: 316 FPS. Next we have Battlefield 2042 running on GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI which is predicted to get L: 92FPS, M: 71FPS, H: 63FPS, U: 50FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Resident Evil 8 gets L: 111FPS, M: 87FPS, H: 59FPS, U: 42FPS at 1440p. In summary we feel the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI running at 1440p is a very good hardware option at these screen sizes. Ultra is easily achieved across almost all games at 1440p and we would suggest an increase of screen size up to 4K for this graphics card.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI in your PC? No graphics card upgrade required for 2 to 3 years of meeting top end game system requirements

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI? Are you looking to upgrade a GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI? Then we would suggest getting a 20 Series GeForce RTX 2080, as it can run 995 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 22% increased graphics performance. Alternatively a good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5950. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 21% better and can meet 995 of their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
100 FPS
The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI was released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2) (x2)
Texture Rate
311 GTexel/s
64 (x2)
Pixel Rate
156 GPixel/s
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
Driver Support
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Release Price
Direct X
DX 12.1
Open GL
Resolution (WxH)
Notebook GPU
8192 MB
Memory Speed
1753 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
Memory Bandwidth
L2 Cache
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
DVI Connection
HDMI Connection
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1126 MHz
Boost Clock
1216 MHz
Max Power
350 Watts
750 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
16 GB
Best Resolution
5760 x 1080
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI Game Requirement Analysis

GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.

It consists of 2 GPUs codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 128 ROPs, on a 512-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1126MHz and goes up to 1216MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 300W and 400W.

Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is over 7% faster than AMD's Radeon R9 295X2.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Six Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 16GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI.

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GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Battlefield 2042 59% 9%
Forza Horizon 5 84% 45%
Battlefield 6 59% 9%
Far Cry 6 38% 1%
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 30% 14%
Elden Ring 64% 39%
Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora 75% 30%
Resident Evil 8 54% 9%
Grand Theft Auto VI 38% 2%
Halo Infinite 59% 9%
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