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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX 980

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980

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Higher clock speed 1,127 MHz vs 863 MHz More than 30% higher clock speed
Significantly higher pixel rate 77.82 GPixel/s vs 41.4 GPixel/s Around 90% higher pixel rate
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 6,008 MHz More than 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Better floating-point performance 4,981 GFLOPS vs 3,977 GFLOPS More than 25% better floating-point performance
More memory 4,096 MB vs 3,072 MB Around 35% more memory
Higher turbo clock speed 1,216 MHz vs 902 MHz Around 35% higher turbo clock speed
More render output processors 64 vs 48 16 more render output processors
Higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,502 MHz More than 15% higher memory clock speed
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 113.5 fps vs 95.3 fps Around 20% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Higher battlefield 4 framerate 93.4 vs 74 More than 25% higher battlefield 4 framerate
Significantly lower TDP 165W vs 250W Around 35% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 780

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Nvidia GeForce GTX 780

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Much better 3DMark06 score 35,080 vs 17,512 More than 2x better 3DMark06 score
Higher memory bandwidth 288.4 GB/s vs 224.4 GB/s Around 30% higher memory bandwidth
Significantly more texture mapping units 192 vs 128 64 more texture mapping units
Wider memory bus 384 bit vs 256 bit 50% wider memory bus
More shading units 2,304 vs 2,048 256 more shading units

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX 980 vs 780

3DMark Vantage Graphics Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 10 GPU performance

3DMark06 Industry standard benchmark that tests DirectX 9 GPU performance

Battlefield 4

FarCry 3

BioShock Infinite 1920 x 1080 - Ultra preset + DX11 (DDOF)

GeForce GTX 980
113.5 fps
GeForce GTX 780
95.3 fps

Reviews Word on the street

GeForce GTX 980  vs 780 

9.7
9.3
I'm also reviewing the ASUS GTX 980 STRIX right now, and with 0 dBA in idle and 30 dBA while gaming, it is just as quiet as the MSI Gaming.
GeForce GTX 980

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that doesnt make it better , if you have a 780 , no point going to a 980
Ehhhh, I just burn out my gtx 780, it's cover under warranty, though it be a good excuse to go with a 980 but I can't really justify the money for a slight bump. I gonna go ahead and wait the two weeks for the reapairs/replacement.
Nvidia 980 Ti vs Nvidia 980 vs 780 Ti 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXgo_VywUwY
We can read. Its a great card if you dont have a 780/Ti (or SLi 770 4Gigs). Also; in terms of what we do.... the 980 aint a step far enough to warrant the majority to dispose of the investment in many of the 780s. The 6Gb 980Ti.... perhaps.
I will switch on AMD as nvidia giving us too many versions with little changes - i have own 780 GTX and after bought they present 780 Ti, Hate the way they launch.
the 780s arent too far behind after i overclock it them a bit and im not buying into 4k for a while either
It gives you SLIGHT performance difference and uses less power!!!!!!!!! thats the bottom line..... 780 ti is a whole another case, on the other hand. but gtx 780 not strong enaugh to stanglehold gtx 980 totally... it's true that 780-980 is not a good upgrade for sensible money use.
Well of course it isn't worth it lol mofos... 780 is BEAST GPU!!! But if you are buying new or upgrading fron 760 or 600 series or older....
LMAO....you people are pathetic and have not done your research!!! hahahahaha the 980 rapes the 780 in so many ways!!!
The 980 is nice, this is true, but it doesn't perform any better than a 780. If you're upgrading from a 780 you're just paying a lot of money for a gpu that uses a little less power but gives you nothing in terms of noticeable performance. I can understand enthusiasts because I am one, but be realistic enthusiasts people. This is Nvidia's first "high-end" rendition of the Maxwell series cards, which isn't high-end at all. It's brand new, which means the full capabilities of Maxwell are going to be throttled down. How long did it take to finally see a fully unlocked GK110 chip? See the point? I love Nvidia, but I've grown rather tired of their tiered releases and price-hungry practices. My advice is to wait until later this year when they will more than likely release a more powerful Maxwell card, or even wait another year. There will be nothing that will stomp a 780 or 780ti into the ground anytime soon, unless you upgrade to a Titan Z. Wait it out.
good examples are important to make people understand well. The example I prefer to use is that its like if intel was made of Alluminum and AMD of Plastic. Clearly one will dissipate heat better.
you know it was just an example.
Wtf lol AMD and nVidia is more like Volkwagged and BMW not lexus and BMW. just check wtf a Lexus LFA is
Not worth the swapping of my 780. Im a 1080p Gamer still so I guess Im ok for a while. I am seriously looking into buying a 4k screen in a year or two so I guess ill have to Go down this route..sli 780 first by getting a second hand one then when 4k monitors drop a bit more in price then get one and by then the next Nvidia Gpu's will be out so ill be actually better to maybe skip Maxwell. Big respect to all you lucky people already owning a gtx 980 and a 4K screen. I have 4 kids a wife and a step daughter so money is as tight as a ducks ass.
Yeh Ive decided to move to a single 8gb 980 when it comes out for my 4K display will add a second one later if needed.
I think it's because 6GB is really never used and uses more power! xD but I could be wrong! I would rather have more gram! xD
The objective for the 900 series cards were to lower TDP, and to make the manufacturing process more efficient so as to lower cost, not improve performance.
even better with 2 780's in sly
have you seen the prices? r9 290x 350-400usd, GTX 970 400usd and i have seen gtx 980 close 700 usd (when are in stock). you're right with the tdp, and amd drivers sucks, but GPU and CPU boss are biased towards nvidia and intel
http://gpuboss.com/gpus/Radeon-R9-290X-vs-GeForce-GTX-980 Don't know if this benchmark is legit, but the R9x loses here against a GTX980 and the TDP (250-300W against 165W) is sick. Again, AMD cards are power horses and I guess the card could be a good choice for 4k gaming with the right board and CPU (never had a card which used the full bandwidth, see 7970) for that price, but again I don't wanna drive Lexus.
hawaii XT is the fastest GPU in openCL (Rendering and GPGPU), and thanks to his mounstrous 512-bit bus it can easily handle a multi-monitor config :/
I cant get the 2x780 Asus cards to sli. so frustrated might just buy a 980
It confuses me that NVidia and Asus brought out the 6Gb GTX780 just before the 4Gb GTX980. Real confusing.
eEEEK call the Matron!
I'm in that same boat. I have two MSI Twin Frozr 780s and I'm most interested in how much less power the 980 uses. My only concern is games are starting to need more memory for the super hi-res textures and I'm afraid the 780s 3GB won't cut it for that much longer.
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