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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

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE.


What's Hot


Twin Frozr V Technology: MSI's all-class, all-performance Twin Frozr V cooling technology is second to none. It's an impressive piece of kit, and something that makes the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE worth the money.


Kick Ass Performance: Performance on the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE is nothing less than impressive, and that's with the factory overclock. When you throw in the huge overclocking headroom you have, there's an even bigger kick for performance.


Quiet Operation: During our stressful Battlefield 4 testing, the card wasn't even making noise. Even when we had the card overclocked, it was still whisper quiet. Nice work, MSI.


Huge Overclocking Headroom: Even with factory overclocking applied, we still have some nice headroom with the MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE. Power consumption goes up by around 10%, but the performance benefit is around 10-20% depending on the title/resolution used, which is worth it.




It Looks Great!: You don't want to dump $500+ on a new product if you don't like the look of it, right? Well, MSI has such an awesome looking card with its GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE - so that's something you don't need to worry about.


What's Not


More Overclock Out of the Box: With the headroom available, MSI could crank the clocks up on the GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE, but then it would be cramping on the style of the Gaming 4G version. I do understand that, but it also gives consumers the chance to play around with clock speeds and have their own fun.



Final Thoughts


I had high expectations for MSI's GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE, and was very surprised at the results. The stock card, without playing around with overclocking it, is going to impress anyone who purchases it. You're going to get a video card that is more than capable of 1440p at around 100FPS average, or 4K at 60FPS with some tweaking to in-game settings.




This type of performance, for the price, is great. Just a couple of years ago, we would've killed for 4K 60FPS gaming from a single card, but even then most cards were pulling down 300W. MSI has provided a card with factory overclocks that is using just 230W, and 260W with an extreme overclock and another 10-20% performance.


The card doesn't even make a sound when playing games, which is another testament to the great Twin Frozr V cooler on the GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE. Right now, any of MSI's cards with the Twin Frozr V are going to be virtually the same, especially when they're powered by NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture - which doesn't require too much power, and it runs nice and cool.


If you're in the market for an overclocked GeForce GTX 980, you should definitely consider what MSI has on offer with the GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE. From the package right down to the card, acoustics, and performance, MSI has it in the bag. Nothing but class from MSI.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software95%
Value for Money95%
Overall TweakTown Rating95%

The Bottom Line: MSI impresses greatly with the GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE. Silent operation, huge overclocking headroom, and a gorgeous looking card. A tour de force of video card prowess.

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