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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 470 4GB GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 65% 14%
Red Dead Redemption 2 20% 38%
Dragon Ball Z Kakarot 26% 61%
Halo: Reach 62% 80%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 65% 14%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 20% 38%
FIFA 20 36% 67%
Doom Eternal 3% 46%
Grand Theft Auto VI 84% 5%
Need For Speed Heat 20% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI are significantly better than the AMD Radeon RX 470 4GB.

The GTX 980 has a 290 MHz higher core clock speed and 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the RX 470. This results in the GTX 980 providing 192.8 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 GTX 980 has a 290 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Render Output Units than the RX 470. This results in the GTX 980 providing 126 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 470 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 980, and so the RX 470 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 GTX 980 has 4096 MB more video memory than the RX 470, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 980 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 has 237.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 470, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the RX 470.

The Radeon RX 470 4GB 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 470 is 2470 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 7282. The GTX 980 having 4812 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 470.

The RX 470 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the RX 470 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980.

The Radeon RX 470 4GB requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 MSI Gaming 4GB Edition SLI requires 340 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RX 470 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 220 Watts more than the RX 470 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 470.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed926 MHzvs1216 MHz
Boost Clock1206 MHzvs1317 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere PROMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date04 Aug 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
9.4
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10
2560x1440
6.9
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10
3840x2160
5.3
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8.1

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1650 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth211.2GB/secvs448.8GB/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 Rate118.5 GTexel/svs311.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs128
Pixel Rate29.6 GPixel/svs155.6 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs340 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The AMD RX 470 4GB graphics card is a 2016 released performance graphics card based on the third revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. This card competes against Nvidia's outgoing, but very popular, GTX 970 and the incoming GTX 1050 Ti, when that releases.

Architecture
It is powered by the Ellesmere PRO GPU, which has 2048 shader processing units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The central unit runs at 926MHz and goes up to 1206MHz, when boost mode is triggered.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the memory clock Operates at 1650MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 400W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
The AMD RX 470 has been built as a Mid/High performance graphics card for 2016. It will run most triple AAA titles released during 2016 on medium to high graphics at 1080p screen resolution. With adjustments and lowering anti aliasing this card can confidently maintain 60+ frames per seconds on high graphic settings at 1080p. Moving to 1440p screen resolution and the graphics card may need to be adjusted down to medium in order to maintain 50-60+ fps.

System Suggestions
The RX 470 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a mid range processor and at least 8GB of system memory 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
Possible GPU Upgrades
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