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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
4 Apr 2021 - 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 2021. 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 704 games in the list.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition graphics card is returning a reasonable performance on Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time at 1080p of 58 frames per second at Ultra graphics settings. Another popular title that is good to benchmark graphics cards against is Kingdom Hearts III which we saw got playable frame rates of 37 FPS. A third game we can look at on Ultra at 1080p is the popular Outriders, which was getting 37 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 Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time 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 Kingdom Hearts III, L: 73FPS, M: 58FPS, H: 39FPS, U: 28FPS. And then we checked graphics card performance on Outriders, which returned L: 73FPS, M: 58FPS, H: 39FPS, U: 28FPS 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 789 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 906 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 was 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
13%
RAM
12GB
0%
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Age of Empires IV 65% 2%
Grand Theft Auto VI 13% 38%
Resident Evil 8 36% 27%
Outriders 65% 27%
Far Cry 6 13% 42%
It Takes Two 67% 15%
Battlefield 6 43% 27%
Valheim 51% 2%
Star Citizen 14% 14%
Total War: Rome Remastered 96% 83%
GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition Extras
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