Nvidia GTX 980 Review: The power-hunger eliminator

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Nvidia is at the top once more in the GPU war, following the launch of NVIDIA GTX 980 & 970 at NVIDIA’s trending event GAME24. Thesecards will be made available to retailers and distributors starting from first week of October and will be coming in with different variants from ASUS, MSI and Zotac, as of now.

The videocard manufacturer introduced its new two power-houses to the world with extra-ordinary features and unbelievable power-consumption mechanism. Yes, we too got shocked with what could be the TDP of such a high-end card but surprisingly it turned out to be 165W only, which bymeans is the best reason to choose this card if you’re planning somewhere near to get an upgrade. Also, NVIDIA introduced Multi-Frame Anti-Aliasing (MFAA) which in simpler phrase, will help you rendering the games better at 4k ultra-high resolutions.

The huge diminishing from the 2880 CUDA centers and 240 composition units of the 780 Ti, or even the 2304 CUDA centers and 192 surface units of the 780, in spite of the fact that its a noteworthy support over the 680 numerous potential 980 clients will be updating from. Memory transmission capacity has taken a hit as well, with the 980 offering a 256-bit memory transfer speed contrasted with the 384-bit transmission capacity of the 780 Ti and 780. Anyway why contrast Gk204 with the completely opened Gk110 chips of the 780 Ti and 780? The 980 matches and normally bests the execution of the 780 Ti, but then it does so utilizing far less power. That is a forceful great accomplishment of designing, especially given the 980 hasn’t depended on another generation process for its energy sparing ability.


Eventually, from the Geforce GTX 750 Ti we realize that the Maxwell construction modeling offers a 2x execution for every watt help contrasted with Nvidia’s last tech, codenamed Kepler. This new, bigger chip could just about be viewed as a Maxwell 2.0 section – it holds all the favorable circumstances of its antecedent (an overhauled methodology to its CUDA centers, an enormous help to L2 reserve) however it additionally gimmicks force sparing peculiarities selected from Nvidia’s work on the Tegra K1 portable part found in the Shield tablet. Keeping in mind the 256-bit memory interface may appear to be noticeably tight for a top of the line execution part, lossless pressure is used on the transport to get higher throughput. It’s a fascinating methodology, however its viability will be restricted by the “compressability” of the material it need to work with – as you’ll see later.

Following the tests at Eurogamer.net, the 1080p Crysis 2 gameplay comparitively with its predecessor GTX 780ti. But, how about we perceive how the GTX 980 adapts to that most concentrated of GPU workouts – the 1080p Crysis 3 gameplay challenge. Here we stack up all settings to the max, turn on v-match up, and use SMAA T2x hostile to associating – the diversion’s best harmony in the middle of execution and quality. To make things additionally fascinating, we contrast the activity and two comparable playthroughs on the same Core i7 3770k PC running the GTX 780 Ti and the Radeon R9 290x.


What’s more to wrap things up, Nvidia’s making an entire host of upgrades particularly for virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift, including diminishing the inactivity between your head developments and the activity you see on screen so you’re not as liable to get debilitated, and (Nvidia claims) naturally making amusements playable that weren’t really intended to be playable in virtual reality. Nvidia will now likewise help VR headsets with double representation card SLI setups, with one GPU rendering pictures for each one eye.

The Geforce GTX 980, subsequently, is NVIDIA’s freshest top of the line single-GPU design card, by conceivable prudence of its execution. It is evaluated at US $549, which is $100 less expensive than the Geforce GTX 780 at dispatch, yet $50 more than the GTX 680 at its dispatch. The Geforce GTX 970, then again, is a superior offering valued at $329. With the presentation of these two, NVIDIA published the cessation of the Geforce GTX 780 and GTX 770 from the item stack. The GTX 760 even sees a value cut that puts it at $219. NVIDIA estimated the GTX 980 to bolt horns with AMD’s R9 290x, and the GTX 970 is opened to go up against the R9 290. Will they succeed?


Nvidia G- Sync
Ultra-High 4k Resolution
VR Direct
Dynamic Super Resolution
Multi-Frame Anti-Aliasing


CUDA® Cores 2048
Base Clock (MHz) 1126
Boost Clock (MHz) 1216
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 144
Memory Speed 7.0 Gbps
Standard Memory Config 4 GB GDDR5
Memory Interface Width 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 224


Power saver – TDP 165W
4GB DDR Memory
High Render-output Unit
Price efficient – INR 50,000 (Appx)


Lowered Texture filters comparitively from 780 Ti
Diminished Transistor count
Degraded CUDA cores
Sacked Memory bandwidth

AMD may be making some extraordinary Gpus like the R9 295×2, and incredible quality Gpus like the R9 280, however they need adaptability on account of their powerful power prerequisites. The GTX 980 is generally as home in little structure component smaller than usual ITX PC as it is in an incredible tower, and without any perceptible drop in execution. Also simply think, if Nvidia can do this with a 165w TDP, on the off chance that it ups the force with future cards, we may very well get a generational jump in execution soon as well.

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