My brothers aging Alienware R3 was well over due for a much needed update. We had previously been using the Nvidia GTX 560TI and it had served us pretty well, but it was time to update the GPU for something more powerful.
Our goal was to be able to game at 1080p Maxed settings at around 60fps and hopefully sustain that performance for a few years. This is why we chose the EVGA GTX 980 because of the raw performance and the room to expand through SLI. So once this video card begins to slow down, we will definitely purchase another GTX 980 and SLI both together to keep that smooth performance flowing. Hopefully by then, the price would have dropped significantly too!
My brothers Alienware specs prior to upgrading were:
Alienware Aurora R3
- i7 quad core 3.9GHZ (liquid cooled)
- 120 SSD
- 1TB HDD
- 4TB HDD
- Nvidia Geforce GTX 560ti
Any who, lets discuss the performance and the specs of the EVGA GTX 980.
EVGA GTX 980 SuperClocked Specs
- Base Clock Speed : 1241mhz
- Cuda Cores: 2048
- 4GB of Video Ram
- Direct X12 Ready
- Nvidia GPU Boost 2.0
- Nvidia Adaptive Sync
- Nvidia SLI Ready
- 3 x Displayports
- 1 x HDMI
- 1 DVI
** Requires a 500 Watt Power Supply**
The video card is a bit on the pricy side at around $500 dollars but believe me, the performance it outputs more than justifies the price of the card. Plus the ability to expand on the performance through SLI in the future is a huge plus.
Frame Rates are as follows
- GTA V : 55FPS
- Metro Last Light : 120FPS
- Battlefield 4: 90 FPS
- Metal Gear Ground Zero : 60FPS Locked Frame Rate
Metal Gear was locked at 60 frame for some reason, even when we turned off V-sync. The game was locked at 60 and would not dip even in action scenes. So the video card is very capable of pushing much higher frames, but then again, anything averaging over 60 is perfect for gaming.
For some odd reason GTA V was the game that gave the video card the hardest time. The frame rate ranged from 40fps to 70fps and it kept moving between that range causing some slight "lag". After some research we determined that optimization was the issue. GTA V hasn't been properly optimized and the game is very demanding just like any other open world typically is. However, I'm sure that Rockstar will clean this mess up eventually. But either way, the game is still very playable.
Average Frame Rates at 1080P Maxed Settings
Frame rates are as follows:
- Sleeping Dogs: 60 Locked Frame Rate
- Killing Floor 2: 62
- Bioshock Infinite: 60 Locked Frame Rate
- Wolfenstein The New Order: 57
The rest of the games all ran incredibly smooth and all at around 60 frames, so we were pretty happy with the performance. Wolfenstein was probably the only game that didn't run over 60fps consistently, but we were completely maxing out the settings. With a few setting changes we managed well over 60fps consistently with no dips.
Average Frame Rate at 1080P Maxed Settings
To conclude, this video card is designed for hardcore gamers looking for smooth gaming. So if you are thinking about upgrading your existing system, look no further than the EVGA GTX 980. It will provide the raw power and the SLI expandability if you ever find yourself needing more power in the future. Even though the video card is a bit pricy, I still have no hesitation recommending this video card. It performs like a 500 dollar beastly GPU from Hell!
Be sure and check out my Video review of the EVGA GTX 980!
If you guys have any question leave a comment below or leave a comment in the video review.
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