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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480X 8GB GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 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%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 29% 37%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 25% 141%
Watch Dogs Legion 16% 62%
Genshin Impact 13% 68%
Grand Theft Auto VI 22% 136%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 480X 8GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition.

The RX 480X has a 73 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 960. This results in the RX 480X providing 84.7 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 RX 480X has a 73 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the GTX 960. This results in the RX 480X providing 42.3 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 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 6144 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 8GB has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 2GB Edition has 1024. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 480X is 2560 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 960 is 1714. The RX 480X having 846 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 480X delivers a significantly 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 8GB requires 150 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 960 Zotac v2 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 30 Watts more than the GTX 960 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the RX 480X to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 960.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1250 MHzvs1177 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1240 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere XTMaxwell GM206-300-A1
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Nov 2016vs22 Jan 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
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1600x900 - vs green tick
10
1920x1080
10
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8.2
2560x1440 - vs green tick
6
3840x2160 - vs green tick
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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs2048 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus-vs128 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs112.2GB/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 Units2048vs1024
Actual Shader Performance100%vs82%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs64
Texture Rate160 GTexel/svs75.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate80 GPixel/svs37.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs120 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs400 Watts & 29 Amps

GPU Features

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

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 8GB is an Upcoming High-End Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
N/A.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Ellesmere XT which has 32 SM activated and thus 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1250MHz and goes up to 1350MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Second Gen GDDR5X, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1750MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

Performance
N/A.

System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480X 8GB 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 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
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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