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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition Radeon R9 270X Crossfire
Cyberpunk 2077 24% 21%
Hitman 3 1% 58%
Resident Evil 8 24% 21%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 30% 11%
FIFA 21 61% 39%
Grand Theft Auto VI 7% 71%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 32% 7%
Genshin Impact 24% 21%
Far Cry 6 10% 76%
The Medium 5% 51%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 270X Crossfire.

The GTX 980 Ti has a 203 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 270X. This results in the GTX 980 Ti providing 51.7 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 Ti has a 203 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the R9 270X. This results in the GTX 980 Ti providing 51.5 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 Ti was released over a year more recently than the R9 270X, and so the GTX 980 Ti is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the R9 270X.

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 GTX 980 Ti has 2048 MB more video memory than the R9 270X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 980 Ti also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 270X has 17.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the R9 270X is slightly better than the GTX 980 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 270X Crossfire has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 Ti is 4957 and the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 2285. The GTX 980 Ti having 2672 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 Ti delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 270X.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition requires 250 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 270X Crossfire requires 360 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 Ti and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 270X. The R9 270X requires 110 Watts more than the GTX 980 Ti to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 270X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 980 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1203 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1304 MHzvs1050 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM200-310-A1GCN 1.1 Curacao XT (x2)
OC Potential None vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date26 Aug 2015vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1774 MHzvs1400 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth340.6GB/secvs358.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 3072 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs2560
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units176vs160
Texture Rate211.7 GTexel/svs160 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs64
Pixel Rate115.5 GPixel/svs64 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs360 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs750 Watts

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI Lightning 6GB Edition is a Special Edition of NVIDIA's Enthusiast GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB, created by MSI.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1203MHz, instead of 1000MHz and goes up to 1304MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock has been increased from 1753MHz to 1774MHz.

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution
MSIís Twin Frozr V Thermal Designs are equipped with Zero Frozr technology which was first introduced by MSI back in 2008. Zero Frozr technology eliminates fan noise in low-load situations by stopping the fans when they are not needed. Compared to other graphics cards, there is no continuous hum of airflow to tell you thereís a powerful graphics card in your gaming rig.

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Radeon R9 270X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 270X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 270X 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 x% better than a single Radeon R9 270X 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 270X. Expect this combination to draw up to 360 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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