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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 270X Crossfire GeForce GTX 980 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 21% 1%
Hitman 3 58% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 11% 8%
Resident Evil 8 21% 1%
FIFA 21 39% 49%
Grand Theft Auto VI 71% 42%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 7% 11%
The Medium 51% 26%
Genshin Impact 21% 1%
Far Cry 6 76% 46%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon R9 270X Crossfire.

The GTX 980 has a 126 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 270X, but the R9 270X has 32 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the R9 270X exhibits a 15.9 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 126 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 270X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 980 providing 8.1 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 GTX 980 was released less than a year after the R9 270X, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

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 R9 270X Crossfire and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The R9 270X has 134 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the R9 270X is massively better than the GTX 980.

The Radeon R9 270X Crossfire has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 2285 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3362. The GTX 980 having 1077 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the R9 270X performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon R9 270X Crossfire requires 360 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB requires 165 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 270X and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980. The R9 270X requires 195 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 270X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1050 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Curacao XT (x2)Maxwell GM204-400-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date08 Oct 2013vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
10
1600x900 - vs green tick
10
1920x1080
9.6
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10
2560x1440 - vs green tick
7.9
3840x2160 - vs green tick
5.9

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1400 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth358.4GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units160vs128
Texture Rate160 GTexel/svs144.1 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate64 GPixel/svs72.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power360 Wattsvs165 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Wattsvs500 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewRadeon R9 270X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 270X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 270X to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to x% better than a single Radeon R9 270X performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single Radeon R9 270X. Expect this combination to draw up to 360 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is a high-end Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture. It surpassed previous GeForce GTX 780 Ti and cost less. It was also much more energy efficient. Read below to know more.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM204-400-A1 which has 16 SM activated and thus 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1126MHz and goes up to 1216MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, VXGI, MFAA, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan and is identical to the one seen on GeForce GTX 780. The Card is known to run cool and has a maximum operating temperature of 98ÂșC.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 165W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two 6-pin connectors.

Release Price
The release price of $550 is lower than of its predecessor - GeForce GTX 780 which was launched for $649.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB is over 20% faster than its predecessor and even beats GeForce GTX 780 Ti in about 7%.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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