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#1 Bosco

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Posted 03 November 2014 - 11:06 AM

Today Frank takes a look at the MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G Video Card.

 

Read his review here:

 

http://www.overclock...x980_gaming_4g/


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Posted 03 November 2014 - 11:32 AM

Good review as always. Just a couple of notes for those interested:

1. Current monitoring software will report the Voltages wrong. Most will see 1.212V on something like MSI Afterburner, or GPU-Z, but taking voltage readings directly, it could be all the way up to 1.31V's.

2. Current BIOS mods from the Maxwell Bios Editor are still in the experimental stage.

3. Even with the high phase count of the MSI GTX 980 Gaming (same as the ASUS GTX 980 Strix, except the Strix has an 8-pin and 6-pin PCIE connections), you're never going to reach their true overclocking potential without going to water and modding your BIOS to increase your TDP limit. The only reason to get these cards are for their quiet fans and cooling ability.

4. Current supported drivers for SLI with GTX 980's and GTX 970's are not working quite right. There's a lot of stuttering occurring. I've verified this myself on 4 GTX 970 (MSI GTX Gaming) cards in SLI on 3 different systems and 3 different drivers. If you were somehow planning on getting two for SLI, don't.



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Posted 03 November 2014 - 04:14 PM

Damn nice card, and a good review too. I'm sure that SLI drivers will mature and be good to go. (at least by the time that I can afford a pair of them)


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Posted 04 November 2014 - 06:56 AM

Great review :) 1525MHz for the core clock and 2025MHz for the memory is quite remarkable.


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Posted 04 November 2014 - 07:56 AM

how much would a r9 290 crossfire setup out perform a 980 at 4k


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Posted 04 November 2014 - 08:09 AM

how much would a r9 290 crossfire setup out perform a 980 at 4k

 

Not sure about 4K, but it should outperform a single GTX 980.

 

Here's max overclock comparison for an overclocked GTX 980 and two overclocked R9 290X's in Crossfire with FireStrike Extreme. Both overclocks are using stock voltages.

http://www.3dmark.co...9579/fs/3073358

 

Does anyone know off-hand if you run FireStrike Ultra at 4K resolution, that it's downsampling 4K resolution at 1440P, or it's just running the FireStrike Ultra settings, but at 1440P?


Edited by El_Capitan, 04 November 2014 - 08:09 AM.


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Posted 04 November 2014 - 08:55 AM

wow thats by a good margin i was thinking i made a mistake buying an msi r9 290 gaming for $250

a gtx 980 would cost me $580 

and when back friday comes around i will grab a second 


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