Review: MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming OC

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    We review that all new MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming OC edition graphics card (GTX980GAMING4G). Armed with some more performance this model comes with that new TwinFrozr V cooler. The GM204-400 chip is p...

    Review: MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming OC
     
  2. fantaskarsef

    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    And again, the MSI looks like a good card to go, with headroom for overclocking, as well as pleasent sound and temperature levels. Reminds me of back then when I went for the MSI with my 580 :rolleyes:

    Thanks for the review Hilbert!
     
  3. Corbus

    Corbus Ancient Guru

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    FLIR looks a lot better than on the 970. Nice review.
     
  4. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    FLIR imaging added to overclock page as well.

    BTW after reading some comments, I checked out the fan and coil-noise notifications that we have heard from in the past few days. I can not replicate either one of them. This product is drop-dead silent.
     

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    plodge85 Master Guru

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    Guys, maybe I'm missing something, if games like Shadow Of Mordor need 6GB VRAM to play @ Ultra settings, are cards like this not DOA?
     
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    Lane Ancient Guru

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    Thoses 980 remind more and more the Cypress HD5870 ...( or even 4870 at this time ).
     
  7. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    There will always be a game that requires more then way above average.

    So especially for your wallet we expect 8GB versions in the future as well. An once 8GB cards are out, some software house will find a mode to exceed that number as well. As hey, your game makes the news and is topic of hot discussion in forums and social media platforms ... right ?
     
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    gUNN1993 Master Guru

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    Quite frankly there's something off there, they also say high requires 3Gb of Vram but it looks average as ****, i've yet to see any actual reports of it needing that much.
     
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    Obviously they only put the requirement there because they made a deal with nVidia so they can sell some more of those old and slow Titans ;). People use the UHD pack without hassle on lower VRAM cards.

    EDIT: Including me
     
  10. fantaskarsef

    fantaskarsef Ancient Guru

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    Thanks Hilbert!
     

  11. PhazeDelta1

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    You don't need 6GB of vram to use the ultra settings.
     
  12. Solfaur

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    Great cards, sad to see that apparently there will not be a 980 Lightning coming from MSI this time arround and that they are waiting for a "bigger" chip in order to not have a repeat like the 780 Lightning launch with a couple of months later the 780Ti coming out, same with 7970 Lightning > 7970 GHz Edition.

    Even so, the Gaming OC line of both 970 and 980 do a great job in the AIB segment.
     
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    Thanks for the reply Boss! I feel like software houses eventually shoot themselves in the foot here, it wont take long before every other game will play better and look better on the hardware some people can afford.

    I quite recently bought a 3GB 7970 and was pleased as punch, I have to say these figures take a bit of wind out of my sails.

    @PhaseDelta1, Maybe I'm misinformed. I read that the game would automatically revert back to high settings if it couldn't find the 6GB VRAM it wanted. Which indicated there'd be no need to get the extra HD textures pack as there'd be no difference.
     
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    Think this is my new card. Thank you for the review, I have been looking for this particular one.
     
  15. Loophole35

    Loophole35 Ancient Guru

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    Hilbert, did you happen to notate what voltage controller is being used with this card?
     

  16. evasiondutch

    evasiondutch Banned

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    For me MSI card looks most sexy very well designed model.

    But beaten by Gigabight in every bench, must be painful for MSI?

    Most of time MSI belongs to cheaper versions so it compensate in that direction then.
     
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    Does anyone know if you are, or will be able to in the near future, able to pick up a back plate for the MSI 980 and 970 cards? The ASUS cards are almost the same in performance terms and although they cost a little more, they come with a back plate as standard which looks a lot nicer.
     
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    The Gigabyte has slightly higher default clocks. MSI use reference clocks for their gaming series. Gigabyte increase base clocks but have a history of producing cards that aren't stable.
     
  19. fantaskarsef

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    This. Also, with some Gigabyte cards I had the subjective feeling they were quite loud. But if you have the right case (dampened), or don't mind the noise, it's not a point to argue over.
     
  20. ScoobyDooby

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    Honestly both cards are excellent and have their pros and cons.
    I personally feel that they should both be at the same price point due to how matched they are overall, and sure enough NCIX changed their price on the MSI gaming from 419.99, to 449.99, which is their price on the G1. That's in CDN BTW.
     

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