Introduction of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 4GB in SLI
To say that we're impressed with what the new GTX 900 series from NVIDIA would be an understatement. While the GTX 980 4GB did a fantastic job of impressing us with some fantastic performance at an aggressive price point, it was the MSI GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC that really stood out, due to its performance at an even more impressive price point.
It's clear that NVIDIA know exactly what they want to do coming into the 2014 holiday season, and that is ultimately get your money. At launch, we got a pair of GTX 980 4GB cards that we had planned to run in SLI as quickly as possible. With a couple of retail versions coming in, though, and our first GTX 970 4GB in the form of the MSI we just mentioned, the SLI article had to take a back seat for a couple of days.
Having got those few cards out the way, it was time to finally throw the two cards together to see just what kind of performance we could get out. With a recent price drop to the AMD R9 295X2 8GB, the $1,000 market becomes a whole lot more interesting. The Radeon R9 295X2 8GB sees a price point of around $999, while a pair of GTX 980 4GB cards are going to cost you around the $1100 mark.
Since we've already looked at the GTX 980 4GB in detail and the fact that we're dealing with a reference card that has no bundle, we'll be going from here into our test system setup. The main thing we want to know, though, is that SLI is indeed working. So with everything said and done, let's get into it and see just what we've got on our hands here today with this $1100 setup.
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- Page 1 [Introduction and Package]
- Page 2 [Test System Setup & FPS Numbers Explained]
- Page 3 [Benchmarks - 3DMark]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks - 3DMark Sky Diver & Catzilla]
- Page 5 [Benchmarks - Unigine Heaven & Phantasy Star Online 2]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Lost Planet 2 & Just Cause 2]
- Page 7 [Benchmarks -Metro Last Light & Nexuiz]
- Page 8 [Benchmarks - Sniper Elite V2 & Sleeping Dogs]
- Page 9 [Benchmarks - Hitman Absolution & Tomb Raider]
- Page 10 [Benchmarks - BioShock Infinite & Battlefield 4]
- Page 11 [Benchmarks - GRID Autosport]
- Page 12 [Benchmarks - High Quality AA and AF]
- Page 13 [Benchmarks - 4K - 3840 x 2160 Testing]
- Page 14 [Temperature & Sound Testing]
- Page 15 [Power Consumption Testing]
- Page 16 [Pricing, Availability, and Final Thoughts]