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MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4 GB

Nov 9, 2011
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System Name ChaoticG8R / Lil'G8R
Processor Intel i7-970 / Intel i7-4790K
Motherboard ASUS Sabertooth X58 / ASUS ROG Impact VII Z97
Cooling Swiftech H220 AIO / Cooler Master Nepton 140XL
Memory Mushkin Enh. Radioactive 3x4GB DDR3 1600 / Corsair Vengeance 2x8GB DDR3 2133
Video Card(s) 2 x EVGA GTX 680 4GB / Zotac AMP! GTX 980
Storage 240GB Crucial M500 + RAID1 2x2TB WD BlackCaviar / Raid0 3x256 GB Crucial MX100 + 2TB WD BlackCaviar
Display(s) QNIX QX2710 @ 120hz + 2x Sceptre 20"
Case Cooler Master Storm Sniper Black Edition / Thermaltake Core V1
Power Supply BFG LS1200 1250W / Corsair AX860i 860W
Keyboard ROCCAT Ryos MK Pro
Benchmark Scores Runs daily @ 4.5Ghz; Runs stable @ 4.8Ghz; Max OC on air: 5.0Ghz
Lack of a back plate again is bothersome for me here. It's not like it's a foreign concept for MSI, they are just willingly choosing to forgo it.
Jul 31, 2013
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I've had the MSI 780 ti gaming for a while now and received a second one yesterday for SLI. According to the benchmarks the FPS difference is marginal at best and the fan noise is identical at load. With just the one 780 ti working, it tops out at 70-72 degrees under full load in my rig but now that I've added a second one the top card reaches a max of 80 degrees and the fan spins at 80-86% to keep it at 80 degrees. It gets pretty loud but the sound from my speakers drowns it out. Also, the bottom card tops out at around 65 degrees.

I'm curious to know how two of these MSI 980 would fair as far as the temps/fan speed go of the top card in my rig.

The new features seem interesting enough.

I agree about the backplate also, I like backplates =/

Are there any I can buy for my MSI 780 ti gaming cards?

And Wiz it would be great if you benched those games. Ryse is gorgeous and pretty taxing I guess, not as taxing as Crysis 3 I think. Dead Rising is nice too and the sheer number of zombies on the screen at the same time cause dips in fps but still very playable. I really wanted to see how it would work with two of these 780 ti in SLI but of course it just crashed lol. I wonder if all those zombies are putting pressure on the CPU or the GPU. Shadow of Mordor looks nice and runs very well on one card on 1440p and Alien Isolation is pretty light. Can't wait to see your benchmarks
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Oct 15, 2014
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Here with my MSI 980 first fan starts at 50°C and stops when temp falls below 40°
Seconds fan starts at about 60°

Asus Strix should be better choice... fan starts at 65° and stops at 53°
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Oct 16, 2014
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I don't think this card deserves a 9.9 score. It does not even have a backplate, and the overclock out of the box is not large compared to other 980 cards.
At least the cooler has 5 heatpipes...
Feb 21, 2014
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Alabama, USA
System Name Desktop || XPS 15 9560
Processor i5 4670k || i5 7300HQ
Motherboard MSI Z87-G41 || OEM
Cooling NZXT Respire T40 || OEM
Memory 16GB 1866Mhz DDR3 || 8GB DDR4
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 1070 FTW || GTX 1050
Storage Ultra 2 480GB + WD Black 2TB || 1TB Crucial SSD
Display(s) ASUS VS228 1080p || Dell InfinityEdge 4k
Case NZXT Source 210 White || OEM
Power Supply Corsair CXm 750w || OEM
Mouse Corsair SABRE RGB || Logitech 720 Triathlon
Keyboard Steelseries APEX RGB || OEM
Oct 26, 2011
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Processor Intel i9-9900k @ 5GHz
Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Pro Wifi
Cooling ThermalTake Riing 240
Memory 2x8GB G-Skill 3600 CL19 @ 16-19-19-20
Video Card(s) Zotac RTX 2060 Amp!
Storage 2x Samsung 860 Evo 512GB, 4x Seagate 8TB
Display(s) 2x Dell U2713H
Case CoolerMaster M500P
Power Supply ThermalTake Toughpower 730W
Software Windows 10 Pro
1380/1481 base/boost is amazing. Any idea what the actual in-game clocks were with Kepler/Maxwell boost active?
Dec 3, 2014
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Marabá - Pará - Brazil
System Name KarymidoN TitaN
Processor AMD Ryzen 7 1700 @ 3.85ghz
Motherboard Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra Gaming
Cooling Corsair H105 @ Push-Pull
Memory 4x Crucial BallistX 8GB White 2666mhz
Video Card(s) MSI GTX 970 GAMING 4GB (3,5gb lol)
Storage Corsair Force MP300 120gb | 4TB HDD
Display(s) 4X 1080P LG Monitors
Case Thermaltake Core V71
Power Supply Corsair TX 600
I'm guessing 9.9 cause contractually obligated to Asus.
The reason for the GTX 980 from Asus STRIX have received a score of 10 is for its energy efficiency, the DIGI + VRM Chip is a differential, my motherboard has one of these and it really weighs on choice. look on page 23 of graphs, compare, The Asus engineers managed to get the board to be more economical without losing performance and even opening a massive overclocking potential.
Sep 15, 2014
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System Name hazazs
Processor Intel® Core™ i7-6700K @4.0GHz
Motherboard msi® B250 GAMING M3
Cooling be quiet!® Shadow Rock Slim
Memory 2 * 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 @2133MHz CL13 Red
Video Card(s) msi® GTX 980 Gaming 4G
Storage Samsung 840 EVO 120GB / WD Caviar Black 500GB
Display(s) Dell P2214H / SONY KDL-43W755C
Case Cooler Master Silencio 652S
Audio Device(s) -
Power Supply Cooler Master V550S
Mouse Logitech® G300S
Keyboard Logitech® Ultra-Flat
Software Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
Are these FPS numbers in techpowerup game benchmarks generally minimum or average values?