MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G Video Card Review

The MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G video card has a factory overclock and the new Twin Frozr V cooling system. We'll push it to its highest custom overclock and pit it against the ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX Platinum overclocker, and determine the gaming bang for your buck. May the best card win.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using a ASUS P8Z77 WS motherboard. For the CPU we used an Intel i7 3770k overclocked to 4.6GHz with Hyper-threading enabled. The RAM is Corsair Dominator 16GB at 1600MHz. We have recently upgraded our system to run the Windows 8.1 operating system on a 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD.

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Driver Information :

For the MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G video card we are using GeForce 344.75 WHQL dated 11/18/2014.

For the ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX-P we are using the Catalyst 14.11.2 Beta driver package, dated 11/17/2014.

Below is a screenshot of GPU-z after installing the MSI GTX 980 GAMING 4G video card with the GeForce 344.75 WHQL driver.

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