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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI Radeon R7 250 v2 HIS 2GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 499%
Watch Dogs Legion 33% 483%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 453%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 38% 435%
Genshin Impact 30% 504%
FIFA 21 65% 205%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 435%
eFootball PES 2021 65% 205%
Ghostrunner 38% 435%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 34% 472%

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 250 v2 HIS 2GB Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 126 MHz higher core clock speed and 232 more Texture Mapping Units than the R7 250. This results in the GTX 980 providing 264.3 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 126 MHz higher core clock speed and 120 more Render Output Units than the R7 250. This results in the GTX 980 providing 136.1 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 R7 250, 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 250, 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 420 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R7 250, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the R7 250.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R7 250 v2 HIS 2GB Edition has 384. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724 and the actual shader performance of the R7 250 is 343. The GTX 980 having 6381 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 250.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts to run and the Radeon R7 250 v2 HIS 2GB Edition requires 65 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 400 Watts for the R7 250. The GTX 980 requires 285 Watts more than the R7 250 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 250.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1126 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHzvs1050 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)GCN 1.1 Oland XT
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs09 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900
10
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5.4
1920x1080
10
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4.2
2560x1440
9.9
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2.7
3840x2160
7.8
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1.7

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs2048 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs900 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsDDR3
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs28.8GB/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 Units4096vs384
Actual Shader Performance100%vs17%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs24
Texture Rate288.3 GTexel/svs24 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs8
Pixel Rate144.1 GPixel/svs8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs2560x1600
VGA Connections0vs1
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power350 Wattsvs65 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Ampsvs400 Watts & 18 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 i3-4130 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution5760x1080vs1366x768

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 R7 250 HIS 2GB Edition is a special edition of the middle-class Radeon R7 250.
This edition is essentially a reference card with no overclock out of the box and thus there is no performance boost over the standard edition.
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