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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 970 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 61% 12%
Watch Dogs Legion 56% 9%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 48% 3%
Genshin Impact 62% 13%
FIFA 21 18% 43%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 65% 15%
eFootball PES 2021 18% 43%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 43% 0%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 132% 62%
Marvel's Avengers 54% 7%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 4GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition.

The GTX 970 has a 70 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 380, but the R9 380 has 8 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. As a result, the R9 380 exhibits a 0.59999999999999 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 970. 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 70 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Render Output Units than the R9 380. This results in the GTX 970 providing 27.4 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 380 was released less than a year after the GTX 970, 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 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition and the GeForce GTX 970 4GB have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 970 has 35.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 380, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is noticeably better than the R9 380.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition has 1792 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 4GB has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 380 is 1493 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2646. The GTX 970 having 1153 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the R9 380.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition requires 190 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970 4GB requires 145 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 380 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970. The R9 380 requires 45 Watts more than the GTX 970 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 380 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs1050 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1178 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Antigua PROMaxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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10
1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
8.4
vs green tick
9.9
2560x1440
6.2
vs green tick
7.4
3840x2160
4.6
vs green tick
5.6

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1475 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth188.8GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB vs green tick 1792 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs1664
Actual Shader Performance72%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs104
Texture Rate109.8 GTexel/svs109.2 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs56
Pixel Rate31.4 GPixel/svs58.8 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power190 Wattsvs145 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 30 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-4690K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition is a Special Edition of AMD's Performance Radeon R9 380, created by PowerColor.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 980MHz, instead of 970MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock is now of 1475MHz, instead of 1375MHz.

Frame Buffer
The Frame Buffer was doubled to 4GB: a gimmick which doesn't yield any performance boost and can be considered marketing to lure consumers into paying more for the same product.


Cooling Solution
PCS-Professional Cooling System: The unique cooling technology can decrease operating environment temp. Effectively, and enhance headroom for OC capabilities.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate a 1% Performance Boost over the Reference Radeon R9 380.
Overview
GeForce GTX 970 4GB is a high-end Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture. Its relatively low release price and mind-blowing performance made it an extremely competitive product. Read below to know more.

Architecture
The Second variant of the Maxwell Architecture, despite being also manufactured with a 28nm technology, has an extremely large L2 Cache and features a Third Generation Delta Color Compression which allows NVIDIA to produce Graphics Cards with relatively small memory data transfer rates, without causing too much impact on the overall performance. Furthermore, the Shaders have been redesigned and are both more powerful and energy efficient.
The Second Revision of Maxwell also adds the VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) Technology which makes scenes significantly more lifelike and believable as light interacts more realistically in the game environment and the MFAA Technology which provides the same effect as MSAA but at a much lower performance cost.

GPU
It equips a GPU codenamed GM204-200-A1 which has 13 SM activated and thus offers 1664 Shader Processing Units, 104 TMUs and 56 ROPs, on a 256-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1050MHz and goes up to 1178MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Features
DirectX 12.0 Support (11.0 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, MFAA, VXGI, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.

Cooling Solution
The Cooling Solution consists of a Single-Fan and is identical to the one seen on GeForce GTX 770. The Card is known to run cool and has a maximum operating temperature of 95ÂșC.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 145W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with two available 6-pin connectors.

Release Price
Pricing is lower than the one seen on its predecessors - $329.99 and makes it an extremely competitive product.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 970 4GB is over 25% faster than its predecessor and even beats GeForce GTX 780 in about 10%.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 970 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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