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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 44%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 33%
Genshin Impact 30% 45%
eFootball PES 2021 65% 27%
FIFA 21 65% 27%
Watch Dogs Legion 33% 40%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 47%
Marvel's Avengers 34% 37%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 0% 108%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 28%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are massively better than the AMD Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire.

The GTX 980 has a 276 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 M290X. This results in the GTX 980 providing 152.3 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 276 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Render Output Units than the R9 M290X. This results in the GTX 980 providing 89.7 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 M290X, 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 GTX 980 has 4096 MB more video memory than the R9 M290X, 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 141.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 M290X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the R9 M290X.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724 and the actual shader performance of the R9 M290X is 1958. The GTX 980 having 4766 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 R9 M290X.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 M290X Crossfire requires 200 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 150 Watts more than the R9 M290X 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 R9 M290X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1126 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHzvs900 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)GCN 1.1 Neptune XT (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs01 Jan 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
10
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8.8
2560x1440
9.9
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6.4
3840x2160
7.8
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4.8

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1200 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs307.2GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs2560
Actual Shader Performance100%vs94%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs160
Texture Rate288.3 GTexel/svs136 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs64
Pixel Rate144.1 GPixel/svs54.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power350 Wattsvs200 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Amps-

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i7-4930MX 4-Core 3.0GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution5760x1080vs1920x1080

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 M290X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 M290X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 M290X 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 twice as better as a single Radeon R9 M290X 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 M290X.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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