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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 Nano 4GB GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Hybrid 4GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 4% 7%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 5% 15%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 8% 18%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 8% 18%
Immortals: Fenyx Rising 16% 25%
FIFA 21 48% 53%
World of Warcraft: Shadowlands 49% 33%
Watch Dogs Legion 0% 11%
Genshin Impact 4% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 46% 30%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Hybrid 4GB Edition are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon R9 Nano 4GB.

The GTX 980 has a 291 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 Nano, but the R9 Nano has 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the R9 Nano exhibits a 90.8 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 291 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 Nano and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 980 providing 18.6 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 R9 Nano was released less than a year after the GTX 980, 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 Nano 4GB and the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Hybrid 4GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The R9 Nano has 287.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the R9 Nano is massively better than the GTX 980.

The Radeon R9 Nano 4GB has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Hybrid 4GB Edition has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 Nano is 3482 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 3851. The GTX 980 having 369 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the R9 Nano performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon R9 Nano 4GB requires 175 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Hybrid 4GB Edition requires 165 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the R9 Nano and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 980. The R9 Nano requires 10 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the R9 Nano to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs1291 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1393 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Fiji XTMaxwell GM204-400-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date27 Aug 2015vs26 Mar 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus4096 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeHBM-1vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth512GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs green tick 2048 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units256vs128
Texture Rate256 GTexel/svs165.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs64
Pixel Rate64 GPixel/svs82.6 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power175 Wattsvs165 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 Nano 4GB is an Enthusiast Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

The Fiji is a Second Generation GCN GPU. It offers support for HBM-1 Memory, DirectX 12.0, Open GL 4.5 and the acclaimed Delta Compression Algorithm which may decrease bandwidth consumption by up to 30%, in most games.
Fiji XT is the Full Variant of the GPU with 64 Compute Units activated, offering 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

The Central Unit is clocked at 1000MHz.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with stacked HBM-1 Memory and accesses the Frame Buffer through a 4096-bit memory interface.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 4GB. Under most circumstances, this only proves useful in certain 3D Games whose Settings Require Large Amounts of Memory.
However, and because the GPU itself is aimed for 4K Gaming, 4GB might be a bottlenecked and Performance could be better, were the Frame Buffer larger.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 175W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.

Because the Central Unit's Speed varies from game to game, performance depends heavily on the game being played.
Overall, expect performance similar to GeForce GTX 980 at 1080p and close to Radeon Fury in 1440p and 3K.

System Suggestions
Radeon R9 Nano 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
GeForce GTX 980 EVGA Hybrid Copper 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 1291MHz, instead of 1216MHz and goes up to 1393MHz, 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 EVGA's Hybrid Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Benchmarks indicate a 10% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
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