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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition Radeon RX 490X 8GB
Red Dead Redemption 2 8% 41%
Cyberpunk 2077 26% 18%
Doom Eternal 21% 49%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 8% 41%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 43% 63%
Halo: Reach 71% 81%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 26% 18%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 26% 18%
Grand Theft Auto VI 40% 9%
Need For Speed Heat 8% 41%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 490X 8GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 178 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 490X, but the RX 490X has 256 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the RX 490X exhibits a 233.2 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 178 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 490X, but the RX 490X has 64 more Render Output Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the RX 490X exhibits a 52.6 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 490X was released over a year more recently than the GTX 980, and so the RX 490X 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 RX 490X has 4096 MB more video memory than the GTX 980, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the GTX 980 has superior memory performance.

The GTX 980 has 224.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 490X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the RX 490X.

The GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon RX 490X 8GB has 6144. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3536. The RX 490X having 2608 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 490X delivers a significantly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 980.

The RX 490X transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the RX 490X 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 490X 8GB requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the RX 490X. The RX 490X requires 85 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is significant enough that the RX 490X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1178 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1279 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1GCN 1.3 Polaris 10
OC Potential Fair vs None
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs01 Jun 2016
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs6144
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units128vs384
Texture Rate150.8 GTexel/svs384 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs128
Pixel Rate75.4 GPixel/svs128 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs-
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

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

Gaming Performance Value

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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

Frame Buffer

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.

Benchmarks Indicate a 4% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
Radeon RX 490X 8GB is an Upcoming High-End Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.



The GPU accesses a 8GB 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 490X 8GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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