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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified Kingpin ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition Radeon R9 280X Crossfire
Cyberpunk 2077 8% 5%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 16% 4%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 19% 7%
Hitman 3 19% 36%
Grand Theft Auto VI 29% 47%
FIFA 21 54% 47%
Far Cry 6 33% 52%
Genshin Impact 8% 5%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 31% 50%
Watch Dogs Legion 12% 1%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified Kingpin ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon R9 280X Crossfire.

The GTX 980 has a 454 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280X, but the R9 280X has 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the R9 280X exhibits a 50.7 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 980. 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 454 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 280X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 980 providing 29.1 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 over a year more recently than the R9 280X, and so the GTX 980 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the R9 280X.

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 R9 280X has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 980, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 280X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 280X has 351.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the R9 280X is massively better than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified Kingpin ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3920. The R9 280X having 176 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 280X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 980.

The GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified Kingpin ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire requires 550 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980 and a PSU with at least 1000 Watts for the R9 280X. The R9 280X requires 385 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 280X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1304 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock1418 MHzvs1000 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1GCN 1.1 Tahiti XTL (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date06 Feb 2015vs01 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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2560x1440
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs576GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs256
Texture Rate166.9 GTexel/svs217.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate83.5 GPixel/svs54.4 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs550 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 37 Ampsvs1000 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs11.2
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Classified Kingpin ACX 2.0+ 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB, created by EVGA.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1304MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1418MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock and the Frame Buffer remain the same.

Cooling Solution
The new EVGA ACX 2.0+ cooler brings new features to the award winning EVGA ACX 2.0 cooling technology. A Memory MOSFET Cooling Plate (MMCP) reduces MOSFET and Memory temperatures and optimized Straight Heat Pipes (SHP) reduce GPU temperature by an additional 5C. ACX 2.0+ coolers also feature optimized Swept fan blades, double ball bearings and an extreme low power motor, delivering more air flow with less power, unlocking additional power for the GPU.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 13% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
Radeon R9 280X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 280X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 280X 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 60% better than a single Radeon R9 280X 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 280X. Expect this combination to draw up to 550 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
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