EVGA GeForce GTX 980 

Released September, 2014
  • 1.3 GHz
  • 4 GB GDDR5
5.5 Out of 10

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In gaming, the card, which is overclocked out of the box, uses around 20% more power, which makes it less energy efficient than the reference design when performance is taken into account.
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The 256-bit wide memory interface holds a standardized 4 GB of memory, with the bus clocked at 7.00 GHz on both the GTX 980 and GTX 970, which works out to a memory bandwidth of 224 GB/s..
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Benchmarks Real world tests of the GeForce GTX 980

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Reviews Word on the street for the GeForce GTX 980

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.

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NVIDIA does give you some controls in their driver to improve overclocking performance—namely, the ability to increase the power limit by 25% and up the thermal limit to 94°C. I definitely expect additional performance improvements with custom boards once board partners figure out all the magical performance dials.
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A new GPU architecture is introduced every two or so years, facilitated by a new silicon fab process, which allows designers to cram in more transistors, to up performance.
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NVIDIA's new GM204 graphics processor brings the Maxwell architecture to the high-end.
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After the tremendous success of Far Cry, German game studio Crytek released their shooter Crysis in 2007.
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I've never seen such a quiet flagship card; it's the perfect choice if you value low-noise in addition to gaming performance.
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Idle and non-gaming power draw is a good deal higher than the reference design's baseline value.
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You can find the MSI GTX 980 Gaming online for $580, which is a fantastic price.
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The MSI GTX 980 Gaming will also turn its fans off in idle or a light load, providing a perfect, noiseless experience.
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Gaming temperatures are excellent, but no better than for other GTX 980 cards that are also much quieter.
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It would have been nice to also have the memory on the card overclocked out of the box since the memory chips have the headroom to do so.
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The third-generation Delta-color memory compression tech helps the chip make the most of its 224 GB/s memory bandwidth.
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Two secondary heatsinks cool the memory chips and the voltage regulation circuitry.
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Such is NVIDIA's confidence in the superiority of its "Maxwell" architecture, that it thinks a 28 nm chip with 165W TDP can outperform "Kepler" based chips on the same 28 nm process with a 50 percent higher TDP.
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This configuration is specified for up to 225 W of power draw.
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The only big increase is in Furmark Maximum Power where the card consumes nearly twice as much power as the reference design.
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Specifications Full list of technical specs


GPU brand Nvidia
GPU name GM204
Market Desktop
Clock speed 1,266 MHz
Turbo clock speed 1,367 MHz
Is dual GPU No
Reference card Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 1.1 GHz 4 GB

raw performance

Shading units 2,048
Texture mapping units 128
Render output processors 64
Pixel rate 81 GPixel/s
Texture rate 162 GTexel/s
Floating-point performance 5,186 GFLOPS


Memory clock speed 1,753 MHz
Effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz
Memory bus 256 bit
Memory 4,096 MB
Memory type GDDR5
Memory bandwidth 224.4 GB/s

noise and power

TDP 165W
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