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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition Radeon RX 480X 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 26% 13%
Red Dead Redemption 2 8% 18%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 43% 49%
Halo: Reach 71% 74%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 26% 13%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8% 18%
FIFA 20 51% 56%
Doom Eternal 21% 29%
Grand Theft Auto VI 40% 26%
Need For Speed Heat 8% 18%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 480X 4GB are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 28 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 480X, but the RX 480X has 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the RX 480X exhibits a 143.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 980. 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 28 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 480X, but the RX 480X has 64 more Render Output Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the RX 480X exhibits a 71.8 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 980. 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 GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition and the Radeon RX 480X 4GB 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 224.4 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 GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon RX 480X 4GB has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3536 and the actual shader performance of the RX 480X is 5325. The RX 480X having 1789 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 980 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

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 GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts to run and the Radeon RX 480X 4GB requires 175 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the RX 480X. The RX 480X requires 10 Watts more than the GTX 980 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 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1178 MHzvs1150 MHz
Boost Clock1279 MHzvs1300 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1GCN 1.3 Polaris 10
OC Potential Fair vs None
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs01 Nov 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
green tick vs green tick
10
2560x1440
8
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3840x2160
6
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs-
Memory TypeGDDR5vs-
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs-
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%
Technology28nmvs14nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs256
Texture Rate150.8 GTexel/svs294.4 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs128
Pixel Rate75.4 GPixel/svs147.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs175 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz-
Recommended RAM8 GB-
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 980 4GB, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit has been increased from 1127MHz to 1178MHz whereas the Boost Clock is now of 1279MHz, instead of 1216MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
Armor2X is equipped with dual 10cm Propeller Blade fans which generate 20% more airflow compared to traditional fan design. Propeller Blade fans can also be found on the Twin Frozr IV Advanced cards, winning countless awards around the world for cooling performance while remaining silent.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 4% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
Overview
Radeon RX 480X 4GB is an Upcoming High-End Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
N/A.

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
N/A.

Performance
N/A.

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.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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