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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 270X MSI Gaming 4GB Edition Crossfire GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 17% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 8% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 20% 29%
Genshin Impact 18% 30%
eFootball PES 2021 41% 65%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 69% 0%
Watch Dogs Legion 14% 33%
FIFA 21 41% 65%
Marvel's Avengers 12% 34%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 4% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 270X MSI Gaming 4GB Edition Crossfire.

The GTX 980 has a 96 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 270X. This results in the GTX 980 providing 123.5 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 96 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Render Output Units than the R9 270X. This results in the GTX 980 providing 78.2 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 270X, 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 Radeon R9 270X MSI Gaming 4GB Edition Crossfire and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 980 has 90.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 270X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the R9 270X.

The Radeon R9 270X MSI Gaming 4GB Edition Crossfire has 2560 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 2437 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 4287 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 270X.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts to run but there is no entry for the R9 270X. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 270X and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The two GPUs have been recommended a PSU with the same amount of wattage. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1030 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1120 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Curacao XT (x2)Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date09 Oct 2013vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - green tick vs green tick -
1600x900 - vs green tick
10
1920x1080
9.7
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10
2560x1440 - vs green tick
9.9
3840x2160 - vs green tick
7.8

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1400 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth358.4GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 1024 KB vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2560vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units160vs256
Texture Rate164.8 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs128
Pixel Rate65.9 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-350 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Wattsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4430 3.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Crossfire setup of Radeon R9 270X MSI Gaming 4GB Edition.Overview
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.
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