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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4 GB Review



With the introduction of the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970, NVIDIA’s product stack looks very similar to the way it did in 2012, in which performance-segment GK104 went into making the GTX 680 and GTX 670, positioned as high-end parts, thanks to higher performance relative to AMD’s high-end chips, at the time. Much like “Kepler” and GK104, “Maxwell” and GM204 boasts of leaps in performance-per-Watt, and overall performance. Those two, however, aren’t the only proposition of Maxwell. NVIDIA announced a bucket-list of innovations in consumer-graphics technologies, such as support for Microsoft’s next-generation DirectX 12 API, Dynamic Super Resolution, Multi-Frame Sampled AA, Voxel Global Illumination, and VR Direct. 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 with 50 percent higher TDP, and on the same 28 nm process.

The GeForce GTX 980 hence, is NVIDIA’s newest high-end single-GPU graphics card, by possible virtue of its performance. It is priced at US $549, which is $100 cheaper than the GeForce GTX 780 at launch, but $50 more than the GTX 680, at its launch. The GeForce GTX 970, on the other hand is a high-performance offering, priced at $329. With the introduction of these two, NVIDIA announced discontinuation of the GeForce GTX 780 and GTX 770 from the product stack. The GTX 760 sees a price-cut that sends it down to $219. NVIDIA priced the GTX 980 to lock horns with AMD’s R9 290X, and the GTX 970, with the R9 290. Will they succeed?

via NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4 GB Review | techPowerUp.



Dewayne Carel

Dewyane began in the case modding scene when it was just starting out many years ago. He has created works for the likes of Cooler Master, ASUS, CPU Magazine, Razer, Zotac and more.

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