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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 14% 91%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5% 74%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 1% 69%
FIFA 21 42% 4%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1% 69%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 64% 173%
Watch Dogs Legion 10% 84%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 8% 80%
Grand Theft Auto VI 61% 168%
Genshin Impact 14% 91%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition.

The GTX 960 has a 141 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 270X. This results in the GTX 960 providing 70.8 GTexel/s better texturing performance. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 960 has a 141 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the R9 270X. This results in the GTX 960 providing 44.2 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 960 was released over a year more recently than the R9 270X, and so the GTX 960 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the R9 270X.

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 GTX 960 has 6144 MB more video memory than the R9 270X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 960 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 960 has 32.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 270X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 960 is noticeably better than the R9 270X.

The GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition has 1280. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 3605 and the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 1251. The GTX 960 having 2354 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 960 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 270X.

The GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI requires 240 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition requires 180 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 960 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 270X. The GTX 960 requires 60 Watts more than the R9 270X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 960 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R9 270X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1241 MHzvs1100 MHz
Boost Clock1304 MHzvs1150 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM206-300-A1 (x2)GCN 1.1 Curacao XT
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date10 Mar 2015vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
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9.6
1920x1080
9.8
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7.7
2560x1440
7.3
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5.7
3840x2160
5.3
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4.1

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs192GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs1280
Actual Shader Performance100%vs60%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs80
Texture Rate158.8 GTexel/svs88 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate79.4 GPixel/svs35.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power240 Wattsvs180 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

GPU: Changes
Check the page of [GeForce GTX 960 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition](http://www.game-debate.com/hardware/index.php?gid=2903&graphics=GeForce%20GTX%20960%20MSI%20Gaming%204GB%20Edition) for more details.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 4% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB in SLI.
Radeon R9 270X Sapphire Toxic 2GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 270X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "Tri-X", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 1000MHz to 1100MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1150MHz. Also, the operating memory clock is now of 1500MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the standard edition and so this card will surpass a Radeon HD 7950.
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