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MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G Review

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MSI GTX 980 Gaming 4G Testing:

Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine Heaven Benchmark Version 4.0, with MSI Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1080 using 8xAA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a twenty-minute cooldown, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.



  • Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920x1080 8x AA
  • 5-run sequence
  • 20-minute idle duration
  • Temperature measured in degrees Celsius


















MSI has equipped the GTX 980 Gaming 4G with its latest cooling solution and newest iteration of the Twin Frozr package, labeled Twin Frozr V. At stock speeds, the Twin Frozr V cooling solution runs cooler and quieter than the reference NVIDIA solution. The temperature differential between the two cards at stock speeds is an impressive 17 °C, all the while running absolutely silent thanks to the fans used. When the fan speeds are bumped up to 100% and the card tuned to kill, the noise level is actually more impressive than just about anything else on the market today. All you hear is moving air and not much else.

The problem is that the temperatures of the reference GTX 780 Ti and GTX 980 are identical to that of the Twin Frozr V cooling solution. Where the Twin Frozr V cooling solution does its best work and has the most bang for the buck is when managing the load at stock speeds, where the cooling performance can't be touched by a card delivering the graphics firepower of the GTX 980 Maxwell core.

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