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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480 4GB GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 6% 68%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 3% 54%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 7% 49%
Watch Dogs Legion 2% 62%
FIFA 21 47% 15%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 7% 49%
Godfall 71% 173%
Grand Theft Auto VI 49% 136%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 51% 141%
Genshin Impact 6% 68%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition.

The GTX 960 has a 57 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 480, but the RX 480 has 80 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960. As a result, the RX 480 exhibits a 86 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 960. 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 57 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 480 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 960 providing 1.9 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 RX 480 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 960, and so the RX 480 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 960.

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 RX 480 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 960, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the RX 480 also has superior memory performance overall.

The RX 480 has 111.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 960, which means that the memory performance of the RX 480 is massively better than the GTX 960.

The Radeon RX 480 4GB has 2304 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 480 is 2917 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1714. The RX 480 having 1203 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 480 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 960.

The RX 480 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 960. This means that the RX 480 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 960.

The Radeon RX 480 4GB requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RX 480 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1120 MHzvs1177 MHz
Boost Clock1266 MHzvs1240 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere XTMaxwell GM206-300-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Jun 2016vs22 Jan 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
10
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8.2
2560x1440
7.6
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6
3840x2160
5.7
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4.4

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224GB/secvs112.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs1024
Actual Shader Performance100%vs82%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units144vs64
Texture Rate161.3 GTexel/svs75.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs32
Pixel Rate35.8 GPixel/svs37.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs400 Watts & 29 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX 480 4GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
It equips a GPU Codenamed Ellesmere XT which is a Forth Gen GCN GPU and has 36 SM activated and thus offers 2304 Shader Processing Units, 144 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit runs at 1120MHz and goes up to 1266MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1750MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate Radeon RX 480 4GB is, on average, as fast as GeForce GTX 970.

System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by Zotac.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1177MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1240MHz, 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 Zotac's Dual Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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