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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI Radeon R7 260X Crossfire
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 65%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 52%
Genshin Impact 30% 66%
eFootball PES 2021 65% 16%
FIFA 21 65% 16%
Watch Dogs Legion 33% 60%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 29% 69%
Marvel's Avengers 34% 57%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 0% 138%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 47%

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 Crossfire.

The GTX 980 has a 26 MHz higher core clock speed and 144 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 260X. This results in the GTX 980 providing 165.1 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 26 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Render Output Units than the R7 260X. This results in the GTX 980 providing 108.9 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 R7 260X, 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 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 240.8 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 Crossfire has 1792. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724 and the actual shader performance of the R7 260X is 1676. The GTX 980 having 5048 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 Crossfire requires 230 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the R7 260X. The GTX 980 requires 120 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 MHzvs1100 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)GCN 1.1 Bonaire XTX (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs01 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900
10
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1920x1080
10
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8.3
2560x1440
9.9
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6.1
3840x2160
7.8
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4.6

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1625 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs208GB/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 Units4096vs1792
Actual Shader Performance100%vs81%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs112
Texture Rate288.3 GTexel/svs123.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs32
Pixel Rate144.1 GPixel/svs35.2 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs0
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power350 Wattsvs230 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHzvsIntel Core i5-4430 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.
Overview
Radeon R7 260X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R7 260X put together using AMD's Crossfire Technology.

Architecture
Each Radeon R7 260X Equips a GPU Codenamed Bonaire XTX which is a Second Gen GCN GPU and is an upgraded version of the Bonaire XT GPU previously used on Radeon 7790. Each Bonaire XT has 14 Compute Units activated and thus offers 896 Shader Processing Units, 56 TMUs and 16 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit of each GPU is clocked at 1100MHz.

Memory
Each GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 128-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1625Hz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
Each GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 2GB.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption is around 230W.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 1920x1080, the best suited resolution, Radeon R7 260X Crossfire's Performance stands between GeForce GTX 960 and Radeon R9 380.

System Suggestions
Radeon R7 260X is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Performance Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
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