Nvidia GTX980 Maxwell Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

nVidia GTX980 Maxwell Review

Introduction

It barely seems a moment since we were looking at the GTX780Ti and marvelling about the amount of performance available, and then from out of the blue the word sprung that nVidia were going to release their new Maxwell GPU and graphics cards.

It's fair to say we're somewhat surprised to find them in the wild so early, especially as the GTX780Ti is still a monster of a card, capable of matching/beating almost anything you bring to the party. However, as soon as we saw the direction nVidia are going then it all makes sense. 

The GTX980 - and GTX970 - aren't designed to be another massive leap forwards from the GK110, but rather to refine it until the power draw is much lower and the architecture supports the very latest in DirectX 12 and nVidia GeForce optimisations. It is a very similar roadmap to the one taken by Intel with their CPUs, equivalent performance in a more ecological package.

Technical Specifications

Despite having slightly fewer CUDA Cores than the GTX780Ti that preceded it, the overwhelming eye-catcher in the GTX980 specifications has to be those clock speeds. 1.2GHz on the GPU Core, 7GHz GDDR5 giving 5 Teraflops of compute power. There certainly isn't any scrimping in raw horsepower terms. Cast your gaze a little further down and we see that the Maxwell GTX980 only has two 6pin PCIe power inputs. A hint of the ideology that underpins this latest nVidia GPU.

nVidia GTX980 Maxwell Review  

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Most Recent Comments

18-09-2014, 22:54:36

Dicehunter
Just skimming through the numbers on this awesome review it looks like 780 Ti owners are going to have to wait for something truly epic.
Apart from the energy efficiency the differences between the 780 Ti and 980 are miniscule.Quote

18-09-2014, 22:57:20

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
Just skimming through the numbers on this awesome review it looks like 780 Ti owners are going to have to wait for something truly epic.
Apart from the energy efficiency the difference between the 780 Ti and 980 is miniscule.

Read why....... Expecting the last card owners to upgrade everytime is a bit narrow minded IMHOQuote

18-09-2014, 23:12:11

Dicehunter
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
Read why....... Expecting the last card owners to upgrade everytime is a bit narrow minded IMHO
I know just saying

P.S I panicked, I couldn't find the video, I found it, All is well again Quote

19-09-2014, 00:03:25

Kushiro
BTW the GTX 980 is available for purchase in AU already, which is surprising.

http://www.centrecom.com.au/gigabyte...-graphics-cardQuote

19-09-2014, 00:11:28

kdawgmaster
Rly this is nothing spectacular at all. For something that draws so little power I was expect the temps to be much better then they are currently and performance wise this gets edged out by the R9 290x and 780ti a lot.Quote
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