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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 19% 85%
Grand Theft Auto VI 33% 106%
F1 2019 1% 53%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 19% 85%
eFootball PES 2020 46% 17%
Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night 48% 19%
Borderlands 3 8% 42%
The Division 2 33% 106%
World War Z 50% 23%
Doom Eternal 25% 16%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition.

The GTX 980 has a 217 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the HD 7970. This results in the GTX 980 providing 27.8 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 217 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the HD 7970. This results in the GTX 980 providing 49.1 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 HD 7970, 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 HD 7970.

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 HD 7970 has 2048 MB more video memory than the GTX 980, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, the overall memory performance is about the same.

The HD 7970 has 63.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the HD 7970 is much better than the GTX 980.

Both the GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition and the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition have 2048 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GTX 980 is 3959 and by the HD 7970 is 2002. Knowing that the shader performance of the GTX 980 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition requires 375 Watts to run and the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition requires 265 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 110 Watts more than the HD 7970 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 7970.

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GPU Architecture

Core Speed1317 MHzvs1100 MHz
Boost Clock1432 MHzvs1150 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204-400-A1GCN 1.0 Tahiti XT2
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Good
Release Date31 Mar 2015vs01 Aug 2012
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224.4GB/secvs288GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs96%
Texture Mapping Units128vs128
Texture Rate168.6 GTexel/svs140.8 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate84.3 GPixel/svs35.2 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power375 Wattsvs265 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Amps-

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

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

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 Asus ROG Matrix Gold 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's High-End GeForce GTX 980 4GB, created by Asus.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1317MHz, instead of 1127MHz and goes up to 1431MHz, in Turbo Mode.

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

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by Asus's DirectCU II Dual Fan Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Benchmarks indicate a 14% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
Radeon HD 7970 GHz Toxic 6GB Edition is a special edition of Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.
It comes with 2 modes: a default core-clock of 1050MHz that goes up to 1100MHz in Turbo or a default core-clock of 1100MHz that goes up to 1200MHz. It also features a new cooling system with 2 huge fans. The memory clock will also be raised to 1600MHz, if using the highest option (lethal Turbo mode).
Using the lethal turbo mode, the performance boost is around 6% than reference Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition.
Recommended CPUIntel Core i7-6700 4-Core 3.4GHz
AMD FX-9590
Intel Xeon E3-1245 v5
Intel Core i7-5775C 4-Core 3.3GHz
Intel Core i7-4790 4-Core 3.6GHz
Intel Core i7-4790S 4-Core 3.2GHz
AMD Opteron 6278
Intel Core i7-7700T 4-Core 2.9GHz
Intel Core i7-980 6-Core 3.33GHz
Intel Core i7-3770 4-Core 3.4GHz
Possible GPU Upgrades-Radeon R9 390 Sapphire Nitro w/ Back Plate 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 390 Asus DirectCU III OC Strix Gaming 8GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus ROG Matrix Platinum Edition
Radeon R9 290X Asus DirectCU II OC Edition
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