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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI Radeon HD 5550 512MB
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 1140%
Watch Dogs Legion 33% 1107%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 36% 1045%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 38% 1007%
Genshin Impact 30% 1151%
FIFA 21 65% 531%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 38% 1007%
eFootball PES 2021 65% 531%
Ghostrunner 38% 1007%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 34% 1085%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are massively better than the AMD Radeon HD 5550 512MB.

The GTX 980 has a 576 MHz higher core clock speed and 240 more Texture Mapping Units than the HD 5550. This results in the GTX 980 providing 279.5 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 576 MHz higher core clock speed and 120 more Render Output Units than the HD 5550. This results in the GTX 980 providing 139.7 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 over three years more recently than the HD 5550, and so the GTX 980 is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the HD 5550 when running the latest games.

The GTX 980 has 7680 MB more video memory than the HD 5550, 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 384.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the HD 5550, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the HD 5550.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon HD 5550 512MB has 320. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724 and the actual shader performance of the HD 5550 is 114. The GTX 980 having 6610 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 HD 5550.

The GTX 980 transistor size technology is 12 nm (nanometers) smaller than the HD 5550. This means that the GTX 980 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the HD 5550.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 5550 512MB requires 39 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 HD 5550. The GTX 980 requires 311 Watts more than the HD 5550 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 HD 5550.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1126 MHzvs550 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)Evergreen Redwood LE
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs09 Feb 2010
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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2560x1440
9.9
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3840x2160
7.8
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs512 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1000 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs128 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs64GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs -
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs320
Actual Shader Performance100%vs5%
Technology28nmvs40nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs16
Texture Rate288.3 GTexel/svs8.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs8
Pixel Rate144.1 GPixel/svs4.4 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 Wattsvs39 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Watts & 42 Ampsvs400 Watts & 24 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs11
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs3.2
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHzvsIntel Pentium Dual Core E5500 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs4 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution5760x1080vs1366x768

Gaming Performance Value

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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.
The Evergreen series is a family of GPUs developed by AMD graphics products division. The existence was spotted on a presentation slide from AMD Technology Analyst Day July 2007 as 'R8xx'. ATI held a press event in the USS Hornet museum on September 10, 2009 and announced ATI Eyefinity multi-display technology and specifications of the Radeon HD 5800 series' variants. The first variants of the Radeon HD 5800 series were launched September 23, 2009, with the HD 5700 series launching October 12 and HD 5970 launching on November 18 The HD 5670, was launched on January 14, 2010, and the HD 5500 and 5400 series were launched in February of 2010, completing what has appeared to be most of ATI's Evergreen GPU lineup.
Demand so greatly outweighed supply that more than two months after launch, many online retailers were still having trouble keeping the 5800 and 5900 series in stock.
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