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Gaming Performance Comparison

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

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition 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 GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition and the Radeon R9 270X Crossfire 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 GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 270X Crossfire has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3362 and the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 2285. 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 GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 270X Crossfire requires 360 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 270X. 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 Speed1126 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHzvs1050 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1GCN 1.1 Curacao XT (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1400 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs358.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs2560
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units128vs160
Texture Rate144.1 GTexel/svs160 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate72.1 GPixel/svs64 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs360 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 42 Ampsvs750 Watts

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB created by PNY. It doesn't have any new features. Read below to know more.

Overclock Out of The Box
The Clock Frequencies of both Central Unit and Operating Memory Clock Remain the Same.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling System remains the same.

Power Consumption
According to PNY, the rated board TDP remains the same. A 500W PSU with at least 2 6-pin available recommended is required.

Release Price
GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition was released for $549.99. That's the same price of the reference Graphics Card.

Without a New Cooling Solution or overclocking out of the box, GeForce GTX 980 PNY 4GB Edition is as fast as the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB. Therefore, Dual GeForce GTX 690 is still slightly faster.
Radeon 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.
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