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MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Apr 28, 2015 8:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: MSI

How Does the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE?

 

The MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE is an awesome card, with around 10-20% additional performance over the reference GTX 980 from NVIDIA. It is a card that has some nice tricks, such as the three modes of operation for its clock and fan speeds. Let's see how the card performed in our usual 1080p, 1440p and 4K testing.

 

Performance at 1080p

 

As always, we start with our finding on Battlefield 4 at 1080p. With the Medium preset, the GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE is pushing the boundaries of the Frostbite engine with 173FPS average. On the Ultra preset (minus AA), we have mammoth performance of 172FPS average, beating out every configuration - even the Titan X SLI. But, it's at 1080p and Titan X SLI doesn't really have much to do at 1080p.

 

We have 156FPS average in GRID: Autosport, which is a nice jump on the reference GTX 980, and it even beats out the GTX 980 SLI by 1FPS. In Metro: Last Light, we see some great gains on the reference GTX 980, too. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor results were more than impressive, with 115FPS average at 1080p, beating out the reference GTX 980 by a huge 25FPS.

 

Performance at 1440p

 

The additional performance of the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE really came into play with Battlefield 4 at 2560x1440, where we see a 26% jump in performance over the reference GTX 980. 162FPS average at 1440p on Medium detail is very impressive, as it even keeps up with the Titan X. As for Ultra, we see the MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE beating the Titan X by 3FPS - which is something worth writing home about.

 

The MSI card beats out the reference GTX 980 by 2FPS in GRID: Autosport, but loses quite heavily to the Titan X. Metro: Last Light sees the same performance from MSI, beating out the reference card from NVIDIA, but losing to the Titan X once again. Things turn around for Shadow of Mordor, with an extra 13FPS over the reference card, a jump of 20%.

 

Our latest benchmark is the built-in one from Grand Theft Auto V, where we see the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE capable of 86FPS at 1440p, against the 84FPS on the reference card.

 

Performance at 4K

 

Starting with Battlefield 4 on our Medium preset, the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE once again beats the reference card by a nice margin of 13%. At 1440p and Medium, it even beats the Titan X by a single frame.

 

Testing out GRID: Autosport, the GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE beats out the reference GTX 980 by 5FPS. Metro: Last Light enjoys the added performance from the MSI card over the reference GTX 980, with an additional 8FPS, or 15%. Shadow of Mordor also sees an improvement, with 5FPS or 10% more than the reference GTX 980.

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