Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming 4 GB 36

Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming 4 GB

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Introduction



The GeForce GTX 980 is NVIDIA's latest high-end single-GPU graphics card, made possible by the company's new Maxwell architecture. The GM204 graphics processor which powers the GTX 980 in this review comes with amazing power consumption improvements that are the foundation behind the GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980 taking the enthusiast market by storm.

The GeForce GTX 980 is carved out of the 28 nm GM204 silicon with all its shaders enabled, resulting in a shader count of 2,048. There are 128 available texture units and the ROP count is a massive 64, with a 256-bit bus connecting 4 GB of GDDDR5 memory.



Gigabyte's GeForce GTX 980 G1 Gaming is the company's current flagship card. It comes overclocked out of the box with the GPU running at 1228 MHz and the memory clocking in at 1750 MHz, NVIDIA's default speed.

One unique feature is the addition of a second DVI port, while retaining three possible DP outputs at the same time. The card uses a large triple-fan cooler to cope with its heat output.

Currently retailing at $629, the Gigabyte GTX 980 G1 Gaming is not cheap. Let's see if it's worth the price.

GTX 980 Market Segment Analysis
 GeForce
GTX 680
GeForce
GTX 780
Radeon
R9 290
GeForce
GTX 970
Radeon
R9 290X
Radeon
HD 7990
GeForce
GTX Titan
GeForce
GTX 780 Ti
GeForce
GTX 980
Gigabyte
GTX 980 G1
Shader Units153623042560166428162x 20482688288020482048
ROPs32486464642x 3248486464
Graphics ProcessorGK104GK110HawaiiGM204Hawaii2x TahitiGK110GK110GM204GM204
Transistors3500M7100M6200M5200M6200M2x 4310M7100M7100M5200M5200M
Memory Size2048 MB3072 MB4096 MB4096 MB4096 MB2x 3072 MB6144 MB3072 MB4096 MB4096 MB
Memory Bus Width256 bit384 bit512 bit256 bit512 bit2x 384 bit384 bit384 bit256 bit256 bit
Core Clock1006 MHz+863 MHz+947 MHz1051 MHz+1000 MHz1000 MHz837 MHz+876 MHz+1126 MHz+1228 MHz+
Memory Clock1502 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz1750 MHz1250 MHz1500 MHz1502 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz1750 MHz
Price$340$350$270$330$320$410$1000$490$550$630
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