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Sep
18
2014

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Review: Benchmarks at 4K

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Review: Benchmarks at 4K

Introduction and Specifications

Powered by the new Maxwell architecture, the NVIDIA GTX 980 is the world's most advanced and efficient graphics card. According to NVIDIA, the GPU found in the GTX 980 is aimed to be the, "engine of next-generation gaming." It is also the first GPU capable of rendering indirect light using VXGI for more realistic game environments.

As far a specifications go, the GeForce GTX 980 features 2048 CUDA cores and 4 GB of GDDR5 memory with a GPU base clock of 1127 MHz while the GTX 780 Ti features 2880 CUDA cores, a GPU base clock of 875 MHz and 3 GB of memory.

Benchmarks

From the power test, you can see the the new Maxwell based GTX 980 is definitely more power efficient than any other graphics card currently out on the market. The GTX 980 consumed 13 less watts at idle and 97 watts less at load compared to the GTX 780 Ti.

Temperature

Due to the new power efficient architecture, the GTX 980 doesn't require as much power in order to achieve the same benchmark results as top-end cards from the last generation. This means that the graphics card does not have to run as hot as compared to the GTX 780 Ti and R9 290X.

Power Draw (Watts)

From the power test, you can see the the new Maxwell based GTX 980 is definitely more power efficient than any other graphics card currently out on the market. The GTX 980 consumed 13 less watts at idle and 97 watts less at load compared to the GTX 780 Ti.

Battlefield 4

In Battlefield 4, the GTX 980 surprisingly beat both the GTX 780 Ti and the R9 290X even though it used less power. This was likely due to the fact that the GTX 980 has 4 GB of VRAM compared to the GTX 780 Ti's 3 GB.

Bioshock Infinite

In Bioshock Infinite, the GTX 980 lost out to the GTX 780 Ti but still managed to beat the power hungry R9 290X.

Crysis 3

Crysis 3 is definitely still one of the most demanding games out there currently on the market. In this benchmark, the GTX 980 managed to stay above 30 fps but still lost out to the R9 290X and GTX 780 Ti.

Heaven 4.0

In the Heaven 4.0 benchmark, the GTX 980 beat the R9 290X by 2 fps but lost to the GTX 780 Ti by the same amount.

3DMark FireStrike Extreme

When we ran the 3DMark FireStrike Extreme benchmark, we were surprised to see the results. Likely due to the new power efficient architecture and other advancements, the graphics score of the Maxwell based GTX 980 was actually 810 points higher than the Kepler based GTX 780 Ti.

Conclusion

Overall, the new Maxwell based GTX 980 graphics card is one heck of a performer. Not to mention, it is insanely quiet even while gaming. We couldn't even hear the graphics card running when it was inside a case running a benchmark. This is mainly due to the low power requirements which in turn, allows the fan to run at a much lower rpm. Considering this is just the first revision of the chip, we are excited to see what the fully unlocked Maxwell GPU will bring to the table.

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