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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480X 4GB GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 68%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 21% 54%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 23% 49%
FIFA 21 56% 15%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 23% 49%
Watch Dogs Legion 16% 62%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 25% 141%
Grand Theft Auto VI 22% 136%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 18% 59%
Genshin Impact 13% 68%

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

The GTX 960 has a 15 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 480X, but the RX 480X has 192 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960. As a result, the RX 480X exhibits a 219.8 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 15 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 480X, but the RX 480X has 96 more Render Output Units than the GTX 960. As a result, the RX 480X exhibits a 109.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 960. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The RX 480X was released over a year more recently than the GTX 960, and so the RX 480X 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 480X has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 960, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the GTX 960 has superior memory performance.

The GTX 960 has 112.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 480X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 960 is massively better than the RX 480X.

The Radeon RX 480X 4GB has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 480X is 5325 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1698. The RX 480X having 3627 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 480X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 960.

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

The Radeon RX 480X 4GB requires 175 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition requires 120 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the RX 480X and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the GTX 960. The RX 480X requires 55 Watts more than the GTX 960 to run. The difference is significant enough that the RX 480X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 960.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1150 MHzvs1165 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs1228 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Polaris 10Maxwell GM206-300-A1
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Nov 2016vs22 Jan 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
1600x900 - vs green tick
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2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - vs green tick

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs2048 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus-vs128 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs112.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs1024
Actual Shader Performance100%vs82%
Texture Mapping Units256vs64
Texture Rate294.4 GTexel/svs74.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs32
Pixel Rate147.2 GPixel/svs37.3 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power175 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs400 Watts & 29 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM-8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX 480X 4GB is an Upcoming High-End Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.



The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of Second Generation HBM, through a 4096-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 500MHz.

Power Consumption


System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480X 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
GeForce GTX 960 Gigabyte IX OC 2GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's Performance GeForce GTX 960 2GB, created by Gigabyte.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1165MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1228MHz, in Turbo Mode.

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

Cooling Solution
Packed with GIGABYTE’s unique blade fan design and pure copper heat pipe direct touch (HDT) technology, delivering superior cooling capacity and heat transfer efficiency at an extremely low noise level. Optimized fan speed according to real-time GPU temperature, effectively improving power efficiency. Measuring merely 17cm in length, the card, perfectly compatible for building most of the PCs from ATX to mini-ITX.

Benchmarks indicate a 2% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 960 2GB.
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