NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti

GTX 1080 GTX 980 TI Difference
Title NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Price $499 $649 150 (26%)
Release Year 2016 2015 1 (0%)
Maximum Temperature 83 C 83 C 0 (0%)
Max Noise Level 51.6 dB 53 dB 1.4 (3%)
Minimum Power Supply 530W 600W 70 (12%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-4790K @ 4.00GHz ($306.99)
CPU Bottleneck FPS Loss -11.3 FPS 0 FPS 11.3 (-200%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 106.5 FPS 102.9 FPS 3.6 (3%)
Average 1440p Performance 76.9 FPS 72.1 FPS 4.8 (6%)
Average 4K Performance 44.5 FPS 41.5 FPS 3 (7%)
Memory 8 GB 6 GB 2 (29%)
Overall (GPU + CPU + Settings) Score 77/100 64/100 13 (18%)

Our Verdict: Upgrading from GTX 980 TI to GTX 1080 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is from 30%-50% or more to justify The purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for GTX 1080.

Game Performance (FPS) at ultra quality settings

1920x1080

Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
56
40
2018 Battlefield V
111
79
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
137
97
2018 Fallout 76
145
115
2018 Final Fantasy XV
93
68
2018 Forza Horizon 4
117
94
2018 Hitman 2
113
90
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
91
66
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
81
58
2017 Destiny 2
155
111
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
167
135
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
95
68
2016 Overwatch
259
209
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
111.4
80
2013 Battlefield 4
156.8
119
2013 Crysis 3
113.6
125.5

2560x1440

Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
44
32
2018 Battlefield V
78
55
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
94
67
2018 Fallout 76
101
76
2018 Final Fantasy XV
65
48
2018 Forza Horizon 4
98
79
2018 Hitman 2
74
59
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
62
45
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
64
46
2017 Destiny 2
133
95
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
109
88
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
72
52
2016 Overwatch
179
144
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
79
55.9
2013 Battlefield 4
102.8
77.7
2013 Crysis 3
72.5
83.2

3840x2160

Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
31
22
2018 Battlefield V
44
32
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
50.1
36
2018 Fallout 76
56
42
2018 Final Fantasy XV
37
28
2018 Forza Horizon 4
65
52
2018 Hitman 2
44
35
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
33
23
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
41
29
2017 Destiny 2
67
47
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
58
47
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
41
30
2016 Overwatch
92
74
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
62.6
46.2
2013 Battlefield 4
74.9
56.5
2013 Crysis 3
35.8
40.9

Questions and Answers

  • Question: Alright, so with my GTX 970 not quite being able to max most games at 1440p 60+ FPS, I've been looking to upgrade my GPU. It's mostly a birthday gift from the wife, and she has "permitted" me to buy a GTX 1080. Well, I'm not rich, so ~0 is very expensive for me, but I can buy it. However, after looking at the GTX 980 ti prices on NewEgg, I can get on of those for ~0 and save ~0.

    I want to max everything including using DX12 (minus AA, who needs it at 1440p!?) I play everything from The Witcher 3, to World of Warcraft 25 man raids, to Ark Survival Evolved and everything in between, at of course 2560x1440. Will the GTX 980 ti do this with 60+ FPS? Now that the GTX 1080 benchmarks have been rolling in for a good month or two, can the 980TI be OC'd to 1080 stock performance? Or maybe instead go with a 1070 and OC? Or should I just leap into the 1080?

    Also curious if my i5 4690K at 4.4 (on water) will be a bottleneck to either card (I intend to do a bit more OC on it today, cool at ~45C now so I figure I have some more room).

    Answer: The GTX 980Ti should play most things at 1440p and maintain 60+ fps but it won't last as long as the GTX 1080 will and the GTX 1080 is likely to hold its price longer for when you sell on EBAY when you get your next upgrade.

  • Question: Since the benchmarks are out now for the 1080 I was wondering which would be better for me, I'm a big VR guy and i plan on getting the oculus, but which setup would be better for VR, the sli setup would be good because the prices will come down in like a month or 2 after its released and it will be good because each graphics card can take on an eye of the VR experience. On the other hand there's simultaneous multi projection which will make the 1080 crunch up any VR game. But at a 600-700 premium. So what should I do guys? Also are there any benchmarks out there putting these 2 setups head to head? So which one would be best for me? Any advice would help :P

    Answer: the 1080 has a HUGE advantage in vr and sli isnt even always used in vr. the numbers nvidia were braging about were vr tests. i would keep the 980ti till a good 1080 comes out then get that

  • Question: Yup another one.
    Q: I'm Canadian,so the prices for me are...
    980 TI: 2
    1080: 7
    Prices are CDN (CAD), with tax and shipping included, the 1080 is using the converted 9usd price of when the non-FE are stocked.

    1440p monitor so going to be only be gaming in 2K.

    Is the ~5 extra worth getting the 1080 over the 980ti?
    I don't understand why benches dont include 1440p results, they go from 1080p straight to 4K, 4K is not game-able on single card setups, even the 1080 cant do solid 60s at 4K.
    If 980 ti, can anyone recommend a good brand, didnt realize there were so many.
    Also heard the Zotac AMP 980ti has artifacting issues?

    Sorry if this is the millionth Vs. you've read this week.

    Answer: If you want 1440p 60Hz then 980ti is more than enough. f you want 1440p 144Hz then 980ti is still good but better yet 1080.

    I have the 980ti and play my 1440p monitor at 120Hz, in BF4 I get a solid 90fps. For me, thats enough. However, if I didn't already own the 980ti I would get the 1080. It would push BF4 over 100fps and with the new BF coming out soon I would need an even better GPU (I assume).

    There are tons of benchmarks with the 980ti vs 1080 on youtube. There shouldn't be much for 1080p cuz who would be stupid enough to buy a 1080 for 1080p gaming?

    Zotac isn't common in North America but it is popular worldwide. As long as their warranty is good, go ahead and get the Zotac.

  • Question: Currently have an MSI GTX 980 Ti 6G. I can go SLI with another 980 Ti for 400-450 bucks or I can wait for the price of the 1080 to go down and get one. Which should I do?

    Answer: You Already have a 980 Ti, Probably like you said can get another 980 Ti for 400-450$ heck maybe even a used one for cheaper if you are welling to look around im seeing around the 370-390$ range. I would advise to just get another 980 Ti since you already have one :) think about it:

    you can either Sell yor 980 Ti add up on it and get a 1080 Which is pretty nice OR buy another 980 Ti (which will probably be around the same price after selling your existing 980 ti and adding up more money to get a 1080) for extra performance :) !

    that is only my opinion though :P

  • Question: So i ordered an ASUS STRIX gtx 1080 for 0 (0 after rebate) from amazon a couple days ago, but it is out of stock so it wont ship for probably at least a couple of weeks.

    I found a used EVGA 980 ti superclocked on craigslist for 0 obo, but i can probably get it for 0. He stated that he used it in SLI configuration and it was almost never above 50% load.

    I was wondering which would be the better deal in the long run. I would like to eventually get a vive or oculus rift, and I also would like the card to last at an absolute minimum of 2 years, preferably 3-4. I have a 1080p monitor right now, but i might upgrade to a 4k in the future.

    I understand that the one on craigslist is in fact used and does not have a warranty, and the 1080 will have a warranty. Based off this info, what sounds like a better deal for me?

    Answer: The 980ti came out in June of 2015, so that used card is potentially 2 years old today. Happy birthday.. What the owner hasn't told you is usage. It might have not seen 50% use, but how often was it used. With an sli setup it's doubtful the owner was a part-time gamer, so it's probably a safe assumption to see several hours a day, 7 days a week for 2 years. And how much OC did it run with? This card probably didn't see easy highway milage, it saw heavy off-road milage, punished hard, no matter what owner claims. So how much is left on it before it goes bunk? Impossible to say. And there's no warranty. No recourse if it dies next week.
    Stick with the 1080, you'll pay extra, but the benefits are covered.

GTX 1080 vs GTX 980 TI Specifications Comparison

Board Design

GTX 1080 GTX 980 TI
Board NumberPG413 SKU 0PG600 SKU 30
Length10.5 inches 267 mm10.5 inches 267 mm
Outputs1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 8-pin1x 6-pin + 1x 8-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP180 W250 W

Clock Speeds

GTX 1080 GTX 980 TI
Boost Clock1733 MHz1076 MHz
GPU Clock1607 MHz1000 MHz
Memory Clock1251 MHz 10008 MHz effective1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective

Graphics Card

GTX 1080 GTX 980 TI
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationGeForce 1000GeForce 900
Launch Price599 USD649 USD
ProductionActiveActive
Release DateMay 27th, 2016Jun 2nd, 2015

Graphics Features

GTX 1080 GTX 980 TI
CUDA6.15.2
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL1.21.2
OpenGL4.64.6
Shader Model6.16.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

GTX 1080 GTX 980 TI
ArchitecturePascalMaxwell 2.0
Die Size314 mm²601 mm²
GPU NameGP104GM200
GPU VariantGP104-400-A1GM200-310-A1
Process Size16 nm28 nm
Transistors7,200 million8,000 million

Memory

GTX 1080 GTX 980 TI
Bandwidth320.3 GB/s336.6 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit384 bit
Memory Size8192 MB6144 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5XGDDR5

Render Config

GTX 1080 GTX 980 TI
ROPs6496
Shading Units25602816
TMUs160176

Theoretical Performance

GTX 1080 GTX 980 TI
FP32 (float) performance8,873 GFLOPS6,060 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance277.3 GFLOPS (1:32)189.4 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate110.9 GPixel/s103.3 GPixel/s
Texture Rate277.3 GTexel/s189.4 GTexel/s