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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB OC Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 186%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 164%
Genshin Impact 30% 189%
FIFA 21 65% 46%
Watch Dogs Legion 33% 178%
eFootball PES 2021 65% 46%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 194%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 155%
Marvel's Avengers 34% 173%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 0% 314%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are massively better than the AMD Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB OC Edition.

The R7 260X has a 49 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 200 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 222.5 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R7 260X. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The R7 260X has a 49 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 112 more Render Output Units than the R7 260X. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 125.3 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R7 260X. 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 R7 260X, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.

The GTX 980 has 6144 MB more video memory than the R7 260X, 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 344.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 260X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the R7 260X.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB OC Edition has 896. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724 and the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 895. The GTX 980 having 5829 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 R7 260X.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 260X MSI 2GB OC Edition requires 115 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R7 260X. The GTX 980 requires 235 Watts more than the R7 260X 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 R7 260X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1126 MHzvs1175 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)GCN 1.1 Bonaire XTX
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
10
1600x900
10
green tick vs
8.1
1920x1080
10
green tick vs
6.2
2560x1440
9.9
green tick vs
4.5
3840x2160
7.8
green tick vs
2.6

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1625 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs104GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 512 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs896
Actual Shader Performance100%vs43%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs56
Texture Rate288.3 GTexel/svs65.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs16
Pixel Rate144.1 GPixel/svs18.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs1
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power350 Wattsvs115 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts & 33 Amps

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 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution5760x1080vs1600x900

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.
Overview
Radeon R7 260X MSI OC 2GB Edition is a special edition of AMD's Fast-Middle-Class Radeon R7 260X, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1175MHz, instead of 1000MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.

Cooling Solution
Propeller Blade Technology: 20% more airflow, 50% larger cooling area and Large 10CM fan.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 3% performance over the reference Radeon R7 260X.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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