Final Ti Thoughts
Seriously, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is still a monster card and if you can buy one second hand on the cheap, would you do it? Well, that's an interesting question and the reason behind this article.
AMD unleashed its new Radeon RX 5500 XT graphics card not too long ago (my review on the MSI, ASRock, SAPPHIRE and ASUS flavors). Even this lower-end Radeon RX 5500 XT takes some swings at the previous-gen champion in the GeForce GTX 980 Ti in virtually all the tests I ran and at all resolutions, too.
- Radeon RX 5500 XT (brand new): $179-$199
- GeForce GTX 980 Ti (second hand): $150+
- GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (second hand): $400+
- GeForce RTX 2080 Ti (brand new): $1200+
As you can see from some quick second hand pricing I looked at in preparation for this article, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is at least $150 second hand. With virtually identical performance to the GTX 980 Ti, the new RX 5500 XT offers everything the GTX 980 Ti can performance wise, but brand new for less than $200.
Not only that, but the Radeon RX 5500 XT is a much more efficient card in both GPU temps and power consumption. The RX 5500 XT (MSI's GAMING X variant) comes in at just 67C. Meanwhile, power consumption on the RX 5500 XT is much better at just 130W or so (190W for the full system) versus 230W for the GTX 980 Ti (315W for the full system).
Still, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is a champion in its own right for lasting this long -- if you purchased one at launch and haven't upgraded yet, you can see from these benchmarks that you would have to buy a GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, RTX 2080 SUPER, or RTX 2080 Ti to get the performance leap you're expecting.
But man, if you want no-holds-barred performance then pull the trigger on the GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER -- and if you want the best of the best, grab the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. It handles everything you throw at it, and does so very efficiently on power consumption. The RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition does run super hot, but I would always suggest getting a custom-cooled AIB partner card from the likes of MSI, EVGA, ZOTAC, or ASUS.
Last updated: Apr 21, 2020 at 03:21 pm CDT