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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition Radeon HD 7950 3-way Crossfire
Red Dead Redemption 2 13% 10%
Halo: Reach 72% 71%
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 24%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 13% 10%
Doom Eternal 25% 23%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 19% 24%
Warcraft 3: Reforged 97% 97%
Grand Theft Auto VI 33% 37%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 19% 24%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 46% 45%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition are marginally better than the AMD Radeon HD 7950 3-way Crossfire.

The GTX 980 has a 517 MHz higher core clock speed than the HD 7950, but the HD 7950 has 208 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the HD 7950 exhibits a 100.2 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 980. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 980 has a 517 MHz higher core clock speed but 32 fewer Render Output Units than the HD 7950. The lower ROP count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 980 manages to provide 7.5 GPixel/s better pixeling performance. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The GTX 980 was released over three years more recently than the HD 7950, and so the GTX 980 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 7950 when running the latest games.

Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.

The HD 7950 has 5120 MB more video memory than the GTX 980, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the HD 7950 also has superior memory performance overall.

The HD 7950 has 495.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7950 is massively better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 7950 3-way Crossfire has 5376. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3959 and the actual shader performance of the HD 7950 is 3656. The GTX 980 having 303 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the HD 7950 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition requires 375 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 7950 3-way Crossfire requires 540 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980. The HD 7950 requires 165 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is significant enough that the HD 7950 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1317 MHzvs800 MHz
Boost Clock1432 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1GCN 1.0 Tahiti PRO (x3)
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date31 Mar 2015vs01 Jan 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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2560x1440
8.2
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3840x2160
6.2
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs9216 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs1152 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs720GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB vs green tick 2304 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs5376
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs336
Texture Rate168.6 GTexel/svs268.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs96
Pixel Rate84.3 GPixel/svs76.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs3
HDMI Connections1vs3
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power375 Wattsvs540 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Amps-

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 980 4GB, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1317MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1431MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Asus's DirectCU II Dual Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 14% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
Radeon HD 7950 3-way Crossfire is a solution of three Radeon HD 7950 put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon HD 7950 to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is somewhat superior to a single Radeon HD 7990 performing by itself it might be worse (depending on whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) than a single Radeon HD 7950. Expect this combination to draw up to 540 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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