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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Review - Benchmarks Review

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How I Tested

I’ve locked and loaded eight games for this GPU test. The five normal games are Battlefield 4, BioShock Infinite, Crysis 3, Metro: Last Light and Batman: Arkham Origins, and I’ve added Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Grand Theft Auto V and Tomb Raider to the slate of test titles.

These games are all run at 1,920 x 1,080, 2,560 x 1,440 and 3,840 x 2,160.

I’ve used the 3DMark: Fire Strike test and four Unigine Heaven benchmarks to test theoretical performance, and I’ve taken idle and load temperatures and power requirements to see which card is the coolest and most frugal.

The test rig consists of an Asus X79-Deluxe motherboard, Intel Core i7-4960X processor, 16GB of RAM and a 1TB hard disk.

To get prices for each card I visited www.overclockers.co.uk and noted down the cheapest stock-speed card I could find, although I will be referring to the various overclocked and tweaked models available for each GPU, which will be more expensive, later on in the review.

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Benchmarks – 3DMark: Fire Strike

3DMark: Fire Strike: 11,102
3DMark: Fire Strike Extreme: 5,620
3DMark: Fire Strike Ultra: 2,923

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Benchmarks – Battlefield 4

1080p Ultra quality minimum/average: 66/86
1440p Ultra quality minimum/average: 41/55
4K Ultra quality minimum/average: 20/28

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Benchmarks – Batman: Arkham Origins

1080p Very High quality minimum/average: 107/152
1440p Very High quality minimum/average: 60/105
4K Very High quality minimum/average: 45/61

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Benchmarks – BioShock Infinite

1080p Ultra DOF quality minimum/average: 81/107
1440p Ultra DOF quality minimum/average: 66/77
4K Ultra DOF quality minimum/average: 34/41

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Benchmarks – Crysis 3

1080p Very High quality minimum/average: 58/73
1440p Very High quality minimum/average: 38/46
4K Very High quality minimum/average: 15/23

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Benchmarks – Metro: Last Light Performance

1080p Very High quality minimum/average: 18/95
1440p Very High quality minimum/average: 20/63
4K Very High quality minimum/average: 17/32

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Benchmarks – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

1080p Ultra quality minimum/average: 63/98
1440p Ultra quality minimum/average: 50/66
4K Ultra quality minimum/average: 30/36

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Benchmarks – Tomb Raider

1080p Ultra quality minimum/average: 128/157
1440p Ultra quality minimum/average: 82/99
4K Ultra quality minimum/average: 38/45

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Benchmarks – Grand Theft Auto V

1080p Very High quality minimum/average: 39/110
1440p Very High quality minimum/average: 33/85
4K Very High quality minimum/average: 20/44

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Benchmarks – Unigine Heaven

Unigine Extreme 1080p: 57.3fps
Unigine Extreme 1440p: 35.8fps
Unigine Extreme 4K: 16.2fps

Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Benchmarks – Heat and Power

Idle/peak temperature: 41°C/°81C
Idle/peak power: 68W/273W

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  • Performance 8

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