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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition run games
28 Oct 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 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. GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.

Here is a performance review on how capable the GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition is at running the more popular games of 2020. Specifically looking at this PC hardware’s ability to get suitable frames per second to play on Ultra game settings and what FPS it might get on 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen res. We look at 1000 of the most demanding games available today and this GPU is better than the recommended graphics requirement of more than 758 games in the list.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition graphics card is returning a reasonable performance on Microsoft Flight Simulator at 1080p of 58 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Mafia: Definitive Edition which we saw got playable frame rates of 30 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Watch Dogs Legion, which was getting 51 FPS under tests.

As the PC gaming masses explore larger screen resolutions we decided to run some game checks at 1440p across a few popular games. We discovered the GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition ran Microsoft Flight Simulator to a playable performance level. Results across the graphics settings looked like this, Low: 116 FPS, Medium: 91 FPS, High: 61 FPS and Ultra: 44 FPS. Another game tested was Mafia: Definitive Edition, L: 60FPS, M: 48FPS, H: 32FPS, U: 23FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on Watch Dogs Legion, which returned L: 103FPS, M: 81FPS, H: 54FPS, U: 39FPS at 1440p. After a look at the popular games running at 1440p with the GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition, this is a perfectly suitable selection of hardware for theis larger screen size. If a game at 1440p struggles a bit or experiences a frame drop then you can tweak settings in game to help get it stable. This might mean lowering it to medium or low in some specific options.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 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 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition? A good upgrade choice for this graphics card today would be the 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 22% better and can meet 821 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively a suitable upgrade choice for the GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition is the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB, which is 31% more powerful and can run 924 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
FPS System Benchmark
71 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition is released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-400-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
160 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
80 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
2048
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
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Driver Support
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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
1152 MHz
Boost Clock
1252 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
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GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB.


Overclock Out of The Box
The Central Unit now runs at 1152MHz, instead of 1126MHz. Boost Clock is now of 1252MHz, instead of 1216MHz. Memory Clock was left untouched.


Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Cooling Solution remains the same.


Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.


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GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
6%
RAM
12GB
0%
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Cyberpunk 2077 25% 3%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 43% 10%
Watch Dogs Legion 15% 6%
Genshin Impact 72% 2%
FIFA 21 64% 51%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 50% 0%
eFootball PES 2021 55% 51%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 13% 13%
Marvel's Avengers 55% 7%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 58% 40%
GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition Extras
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