10 Aug 2021 - Graphics card reviewed
While some games have more powerful requirements than this GPU, the GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition is only really challenged by the most demanding games released today, but normally it is more than capable of running games with a stable frame rate at 1080p.
GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition is capable of DirectX 12 gaming requirements.
This PC hardware performance game review for the GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition graphics card, when running 2021 more popular games, lets us see what type of FPS this card gets when playing at 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen resolutions and ultra settings. In terms of performance against the most demanding games today this graphics card can play 745 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements.
With 1080p being the most common gaming resolution at the moment we explored how well the GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition can run FIFA 22 at 1080p and saw it return strong frame rates at the following graphics settings - Low: 234 FPS, Medium: 184 FPS, High: 124 FPS and Ultra: 89 FPS. For performance contrast we can see that Battlefield 2042 is predicted to return a weak 20 FPS at Ultra 1080p.
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 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition performed at 1440p by taking a look at some of the current popular games. First we looked at FIFA 22 and saw it deliver good frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 178 FPS, Medium: 140 FPS, High: 95 FPS and Ultra: 68 FPS. We then checked the performance on Battlefield 2042 to predict if that will run well. It is predicted to be weak with a 15 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Looking at a few of these 1440p results for the GeForce GTX 980 MSI OC v1 4GB Edition we get the impression that it is a reasonable choice at this screen size. You can always tweak modern game graphics settings to help you get a better High graphics setting experience at 1440p.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 30 Series GeForce RTX 3050 Ti
. For comparison of the 1000 most demanding games around today this suggested upgrade is 49% better and can meet 975 of their recommended requirements. Alternatively we would suggest getting a R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 64 8GB
, as it can run 965 of the top 1000 demanding game requirements today with 42% increased graphics performance.