NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Released in 2014, the GeForce GTX 980 is a GPU from NVIDIA. According to our GPU Benchmark, this GPU is an average card for gaming with a score of 24%.
The GeForce GTX 980 has 4 GiB of GDDR5 memory, with a total memory bandwidth of 219 GB/s. The memory bus has a width of 256 bits. When choosing a GPU, plan ahead and select a model with enough memory for your needs. High resolutions such as 4K require significantly more memory than 1080p as there is more data to display on the screen.
In terms of clock speed, the GeForce GTX 980 GPU core runs at a frequency of 1126 MHz and if power and temperature permits, it can boost up to 1216 MHz. A clock speed is the frequency at which the GPU updates. A higher speed means more processing can happen per cycle. This is useful only when comparing cards of the same generation, as other architectures may process more or less per clock.
As for rendering API support, the GeForce GTX 980 supports up to DirectX 12. In addition, in cross-platform titles, OpenGL 4.5 features are supported. Newer APIs are usually more efficient, allowing for better performance in games and better graphical effects.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 has a TDP of 165W, this is the amount of heat energy produced by the chip as a byproduct. The higher the TDP, the more heat is produced.
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