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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI Radeon R9 290X Crossfire
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 16%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 23%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 14%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 0% 21%
eFootball PES 2021 65% 57%
Genshin Impact 30% 16%
FIFA 21 65% 57%
Death Stranding 30% 16%
Watch Dogs Legion 33% 19%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 25%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon R9 290X Crossfire.

The GTX 980 has a 126 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 290X, but the R9 290X has 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the R9 290X exhibits a 63.7 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 290X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 980 providing 16.1 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 290X, 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 4GB SLI and the Radeon R9 290X 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 290X has 191.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the R9 290X is massively better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire has 5632. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724 and the actual shader performance of the R9 290X is 4787. The GTX 980 having 1937 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the R9 290X performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 290X Crossfire requires 500 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 1250 Watts for the R9 290X. The R9 290X requires 150 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 290X 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 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)GCN 1.1 Hawaii XT (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs24 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
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1920x1080
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2560x1440
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs1024 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs640GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs5632
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs352
Texture Rate288.3 GTexel/svs352 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs128
Pixel Rate144.1 GPixel/svs128 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs4
HDMI Connections1vs2
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power350 Wattsvs500 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Ampsvs1250 Watts

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz-
Recommended RAM16 GBvs12 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution5760x1080vs5760x1600

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

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.

GPU
It consists of 2 GPUs codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 128 ROPs, on a 512-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.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 300W and 400W.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is over 7% faster than AMD's Radeon R9 295X2.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Six Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 16GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI.
Radeon R9 290X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 290X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 290X 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 30% better than a single Radeon R9 290X performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) it may perform worse than a single Radeon R9 290X. Expect this combination to draw up to 500 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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