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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition SLI Radeon R9 280X Crossfire
Cyberpunk 2077 32% 5%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 38% 4%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 40% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 4% 47%
FIFA 21 66% 47%
Genshin Impact 32% 5%
Far Cry 6 1% 52%
Hitman 3 11% 36%
Watch Dogs Legion 34% 1%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 2% 50%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition SLI are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 280X Crossfire.

The GTX 970 has a 366 MHz higher core clock speed but 48 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the R9 280X. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the GTX 970 manages to provide 35.3 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 970 has a 366 MHz higher core clock speed and 48 more Render Output Units than the R9 280X. This results in the GTX 970 providing 81.8 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 970 was released less than a year after the R9 280X, 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 R9 280X has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The R9 280X has 127.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 970, which means that the memory performance of the R9 280X is massively better than the GTX 970.

The GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition SLI has 3328 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 280X Crossfire has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 6142. The GTX 970 having 2046 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970 delivers a noticeably smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 280X.

The Radeon R9 280X Crossfire requires 550 Watts to run but there is no entry for the GTX 970. We would recommend a PSU with at least 1000 Watts for the R9 280X, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the GTX 970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1216 MHzvs850 MHz
Boost Clock1367 MHzvs1000 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-200-A1 (x2)GCN 1.1 Tahiti XTL (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs -
Release Date19 Sep 2014vs01 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus512 Bitvs768 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth448.8GB/secvs576GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 1536 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units3328vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units208vs256
Texture Rate252.9 GTexel/svs217.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units112vs64
Pixel Rate136.2 GPixel/svs54.4 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs0
HDMI Connections1vs0
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-550 Watts
Recommended PSU-1000 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.3
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-3770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe SLI setup of GeForce GTX 970 EVGA FTW ACX 2.0 4GB Edition.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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