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Gaming Performance Comparison

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

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 480X 8GB are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition.

The RX 480X has a 72 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 980. This results in the RX 480X providing 9.2 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 72 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the RX 480X providing 4.6 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 RX 480X 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 480X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the RX 480X.

Both the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition and the Radeon RX 480X 8GB have 2048 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GTX 980 is 3536 and by the RX 480X is 2560. 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 GeForce GTX 980 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts to run and the Radeon RX 480X 8GB requires 150 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 GTX 980 requires 15 Watts more than the RX 480X to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 980 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the RX 480X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1178 MHzvs1250 MHz
Boost Clock1279 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1GCN 1.3 Ellesmere XT
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
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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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10
2560x1440
8
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3840x2160
6
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvsN/A
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1750 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs-
Memory TypeGDDR5vs-
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs-
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs14nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs128
Texture Rate150.8 GTexel/svs160 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate75.4 GPixel/svs80 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs150 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
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 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.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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