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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480X 4GB GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI
Halo: Reach 74% 80%
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 14%
Red Dead Redemption 2 18% 38%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 49% 61%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18% 38%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 13% 14%
Doom Eternal 29% 46%
Grand Theft Auto VI 26% 5%
FIFA 20 56% 67%
Need For Speed Heat 18% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon RX 480X 4GB.

The GTX 980 has a 66 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the RX 480X. This results in the GTX 980 providing 16.9 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 980 has a 66 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 480X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 980 providing 8.4 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 480X was released over a year more recently than the GTX 980, 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 980.

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 980 has 4096 MB more video memory than the RX 480X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 980 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 has 448.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 480X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the RX 480X.

Both the Radeon RX 480X 4GB and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI have 4096 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GTX 980 is 7282 and by the RX 480X is 7282. Knowing that the shader performance of the GTX 980 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The RX 480X transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the RX 480X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980.

The Radeon RX 480X 4GB requires 175 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI requires 340 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the RX 480X and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 165 Watts more than the RX 480X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 480X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1150 MHzvs1216 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs1317 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Polaris 10Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential None vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Nov 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs8192 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus-vs512 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs256
Texture Rate294.4 GTexel/svs311.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs128
Pixel Rate147.2 GPixel/svs155.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power175 Wattsvs340 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM-8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

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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.

Architecture
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GPU
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Memory
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
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Performance
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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.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition put together using NVIDIA's SLI Technology.

GPU
It consists of 2 GPUs Codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 128 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1216MHz and goes up to 1317MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
Each GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 330W and 360W.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a Very Strong Processor (Intel Core i7/AMD FX Eight Core) and 8GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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