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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition run games
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition 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 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition 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 2020. In particular we focus on how well the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition runs at Ultra graphics settings and what frames per second it is getting at 1080p, 1440p and 4K monitor resolutions. Of the 1000 most demanding recommended specs found in game requirements today, this gpu is more powerful than the graphics requirement of 852 games in todays list.

Now onto the frame rates achieved at 1080p. We predict that Assassins Creed: Valhalla will get 32 FPS with the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition, Horizon: Zero Dawn getting 62 FPS and Cyberpunk 2077 predicted to get 47 frames per second. All run on Ultra at 1920x1080 screen res.

With PC gamers looking for larger screen sizes like 1440p we tested the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition by researching Assassins Creed: Valhalla leading us to predict a weak performance. Its FPS predictions for the graphics settings are as follows - L: 49FPS, M: 42FPS, H: 36FPS, U: 24FPS. Another popular game we tested with this card was Horizon: Zero Dawn and that was reasonable. This graphics card delivered 47 FPS at Ultra 1440p. Another popular title was Cyberpunk 2077 which is predicted to get playable results with a 36FPS on Ultra 1440p. Running games at 1440p with a GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition is not a bad choice for a larger screen size like this. Some games will struggle though, but with some careful graphic option adjustments in-game you can normally find a suitable visual experience with this GPU at 1440p.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition in your PC? This gpu has around 2+ years of running AAA recommended system requirements before any upgrades should be considered.

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition? A suitable upgrade choice for the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition is the 20 Series GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8GB, which is 27% more powerful and can run 985 of the 1000 most demanding PC games beating their recommended requirements. Alternatively a good choice when looking to upgrade the GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition would be the RX 5000 Series Radeon RX 5700 8GB which meets 977 of the 1000 top game’s recommended system requirements and has 22% better performance.
FPS System Benchmark
86 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition is released on 02 Jun 2015

GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM200-310-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
176
Texture Rate
209 GTexel/s
ROPs
96
Pixel Rate
114 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
2816
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
-
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
6144 MB
Memory Speed
1753 MHz
Memory Bus
384 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
336.6GB/sec
L2 Cache
3072KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
3
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1102 MHz
Boost Clock
1190 MHz
Power
Max Power
250 Watts
PSU
600 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
2x 8-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
16 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1600
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
1366x768 1600x900 1920x1080 2560x1440 3840x2160
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GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Enthusiast GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB, created by MSI.


Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1102MHz, instead of 1000MHz and goes up to 1190MHz, in Turbo Mode.


Overclock: Memory Clock
None.


Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Armor 2X Thermal Design: Delivers more airflow than traditional single fan thermal design & Huge heat sink provides better heat dissipation.


Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 7% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 Ti.


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GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Armor 2X OC 6GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
CPU
0%
Graphics Card
19%
RAM
11GB
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Horizon: Zero Dawn 37% 23%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 28% 28%
Cyberpunk 2077 47% 6%
Marvel's Avengers 52% 6%
Fast & Furious Crossroads 49% 38%
Valorant 97% 92%
Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout 65% 55%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 52% 6%
Grand Theft Auto VI 28% 15%
Grounded 78% 36%
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