GeForce GTX 980: Overview| Specification (Specs)| Testing – Is it Good for Gaming?

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GeForce GTX 980: Overview| Specification (Specs)| Testing – Is it Good for Gaming? – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 – a top-class video card based on a new microarchitecture Maxwell. For many, it is obvious that when creating new graphics architectures, video card manufacturers focus on two things: more FPS, less power consumption. And now, the Californian company has taken another serious (if not “giant”) step in this direction.

The previous graphics architecture, bearing the name Kepler, was also a significant advance in the performance-power consumption when it was introduced in 2012. Two years later, NVIDIA once again proved that if you do not stand still, you can achieve more.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Video Card – Performance Overview

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Video Card – Performance Overview

As you may have noticed, GeForce desktop graphics adapters, having passed the 800 series, immediately “jumped” to the 900 series. What could be the reason for this? It is known that in the 800th series of video cards for laptops there are models on both Kepler and Maxwell. And, probably in order to emphasize that the GeForce GTX 900 series is a new separate product, the manufacturer used such a move. But back to our novelty.

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Regarding the appearance, the design of the reference sample is already well known to us from the previous TOP class models. The spectacular silver cover, made of titanium alloy, is a special feature of the latest models. The GeForce GTX 980 is based on a graphics chip labeled GM204. The number 2 tells us that this is already the second generation of the architecture, unlike the “pioneers” GTX 750 and GTX 750Ti, created on the GM107 processor. The power consumption of the novelty is only 165 watts. For comparison, last year’s GeForce GTX 780 consumes 250 watts. The power of the power supply for the system, according to the manufacturer’s recommendation, should be at least 500 watts.

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GeForce GTX 980: Specifications (Specs)

Chip code nameGM204
ArchitectureMaxwell
Technical process28 nm
Number of transistors5.2 billion
GPU clock frequency, MHz: base / Boost1126/1216
texture blocks128
Universal Processors2048
ROPs64
Video memory typeGDDR5
Video memory size4096 MB
Bus width, bit256
Memory frequency, MHz:1750
InterfacePCI-Express 3.0
Power consumption165 W
release date19.09.2014
GeForce GTX 980: Specifications (Specs)

As you can see, the difference between the GeForce GTX 980 and the “younger” GeForce GTX 970 is a larger number of active computing units and an increased clock speed.

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As for the video output configuration, the new video card has DVI-I (Dual-Link) connectors, three DisplayPort 1.2 and full-format HDMI, which allows you to display a picture with a resolution of 4K and a refresh rate of 60 Hz.

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Testing in games* (average FPSquestion_mark)

*Maximum graphics quality

Is The GTX 980 Still Worth Buying?

Is The GTX 980 Still Worth Buying?

Gaming tests show that the performance of the GeForce GTX 980 in some modern games is slightly, but still superior to the recent single-chip flagship GeForce GTX 780Ti. It remains to be added that the recommended retail price of a new graphics adapter at the time of the start of sales is 23,990 rubles. The figure, of course, is a little scary, but, nevertheless, this is a new energy-efficient architecture, plus the highest performance among single-chip video cards.