Nvidia GTX980 Maxwell Review

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nVidia GTX980 Maxwell Review

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With the performance of the Kepler GPUs still capable of running every title we can think of, it's no surprise that nVidia are aiming the GTX980 at those people who own a GTX680 rather than a current nVidia model. Certainly it seems to be a wise decision if you look at the enormous performance and efficiency benefits the GTX980 has over the 680. 

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In our line of work we come across plenty of people who believe that bigger equals better. Clearly that's a foolish stance to take as PC hardware history is littered with examples of products which didn't have as much in raw hardware terms and yet performed better. The Maxwell core ably demonstrates this by giving double the performance per CUDA core when compared to the GK104 which found a home in such cards as the GTX760. As always though our job at OC3D is to show you what this all means in real terms, so if you fancy a lengthy discussion on the shader modules that form the GM204, and indeed spend hours of your life learning something that doesn't make much difference to your end user experience, here is not the place to be.

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What we can appreciate is the vastly improved bandwidth overheads of the memory architecture, and how much faster DirectX 12 promised to be over the current DirectX 11. If you can calculate faster then there is more time to do other things, which leads to a faster frame rate. Naturally it's something that we'll probably feel the benefit of in the future when DX12 is upon us, but it's nice to know what the future holds. 

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18-09-2014, 22:54:36

Dicehunter
Just skimming through the numbers on this awesome review it looks like 780 Ti owners are going to have to wait for something truly epic.
Apart from the energy efficiency the differences between the 780 Ti and 980 are miniscule.Quote

18-09-2014, 22:57:20

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Just skimming through the numbers on this awesome review it looks like 780 Ti owners are going to have to wait for something truly epic.
Apart from the energy efficiency the difference between the 780 Ti and 980 is miniscule.

Read why....... Expecting the last card owners to upgrade everytime is a bit narrow minded IMHOQuote

18-09-2014, 23:12:11

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Read why....... Expecting the last card owners to upgrade everytime is a bit narrow minded IMHO
I know just saying

P.S I panicked, I couldn't find the video, I found it, All is well again Quote

19-09-2014, 00:03:25

Kushiro
BTW the GTX 980 is available for purchase in AU already, which is surprising.

http://www.centrecom.com.au/gigabyte...-graphics-cardQuote

19-09-2014, 00:11:28

kdawgmaster
Rly this is nothing spectacular at all. For something that draws so little power I was expect the temps to be much better then they are currently and performance wise this gets edged out by the R9 290x and 780ti a lot.Quote
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