NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card Review

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Battlefield 4

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Battlefield 4 is a first-person shooter video game developed by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE) and published by Electronic Arts. It is a sequel to 2011’s Battlefield 3 and was released on October 29, 2013 in North America. Battlefield 4’s single-player Campaign takes place in 2020, six years after the events of its predecessor. Tensions between Russia and the United States have been running at a record high. On top of this, China is also on the brink of war, as Admiral Chang, the main antagonist, plans to overthrow China’s current government; and, if successful, the Russians will have full support from the Chinese, bringing China into a war with the United States.

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This game title uses the Frostbite 3 game engine and looks great. We tested Battlefield 4 with the Ultra graphics quality preset as most discrete desktop graphics cards can easily play with this IQ setting at 1080P and we still want to be able to push the higher-end cards down the road. We used FRAPS to benchmark each card with these settings on the Shanghai level.

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Battlefield 4 is more CPU intensive than any other game that we benchmark with as 25% of the CPU is used up during gameplay. You can see that six threads are being used and that the processor is running in Turbo mode at 3.96GHz more times than not.

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Benchmark Results: In Battlefield 4 with Ultra settings at 3840×2160 we were able to average 33.28 FPS on the GeForce GTX 980 reference card versus 43.47 FPS on the GeForce GTX 980 Ti, so there is a huge performance difference between these two 980 cards. The Difference between the GeForce GTX Titan X and GeForce GTX 980 Ti was less than 1FPS!

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Benchmark Results: The GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Titan X looked nearly identical when we graph the frame rate performance over time at 3840×2160.

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  • Terry Perry

    What is FUNNY they used a 480 $ MB and a 1,200 $ Chip to run this card with 16 gigs ram. The 4k Monitor was 4.000 $ and for what to play Games that last a few hours now.

  • John Pombrio

    EVGA once again releases a superclocked GTX980Ti with a 10% bump in the base clock and turbo clock for only $30 more. That puts the card into the Titan X category. I always buy EVGA overclocked cards as they are stable as hell, quiet, and manage to control the GPU temperature to keep it at reasonable levels. How inadequate does my EVGA GTX980 superclocked CPU seem now and the 980Ti is way above my “over 10% increase in performance before I upgrade” criteria. As long as I run 2560×1440 at 60 Hz tho, no good reason to upgrade. BUT I WANT ONE!

  • Quentin

    Maybe I missed them, but where are the VRAM usage figures?