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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480X 8GB GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI
Halo: Reach 74% 80%
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 14%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 49% 61%
Red Dead Redemption 2 18% 38%
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 8GB.

The RX 480X has a 34 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the RX 480X. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 151.3 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the RX 480X. 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 34 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 64 more Render Output Units than the RX 480X. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 75.6 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the RX 480X. 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 Radeon RX 480X 8GB and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

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.

The Radeon RX 480X 8GB has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 480X is 2560 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 7282. The GTX 980 having 4722 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the RX 480X.

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 8GB requires 150 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 190 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 Speed1250 MHzvs1216 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1317 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere XTMaxwell 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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1600x900 - vs green tick
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1920x1080
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3840x2160 - vs green tick
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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs8192 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus-vs512 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB 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 Units2048vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs256
Texture Rate160 GTexel/svs311.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs128
Pixel Rate80 GPixel/svs155.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs340 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
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

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 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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GPU Variants
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