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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB
Cyberpunk 2077 61% 15%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 48% 21%
Genshin Impact 62% 14%
FIFA 21 18% 56%
eFootball PES 2021 18% 56%
Watch Dogs Legion 56% 17%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 65% 12%
Marvel's Avengers 54% 18%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 43% 24%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 132% 24%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition.

The GTX 980 Ti has a 20 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 380. This results in the GTX 980 Ti providing 66.2 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 20 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Render Output Units than the R9 380. This results in the GTX 980 Ti providing 64.6 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 380 was released less than a year after the GTX 980 Ti, 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 GTX 980 Ti has 2048 MB more video memory than the R9 380, 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 GTX 980 Ti has 147.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 380, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 Ti is massively better than the R9 380.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition has 1792 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB has 2816. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 380 is 1493 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 Ti is 4091. The GTX 980 Ti having 2598 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 380.

The Radeon R9 380 PowerColor PCS+ 4GB Edition requires 190 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the R9 380 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 Ti. The GTX 980 Ti requires 60 Watts more than the R9 380 to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 Ti may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R9 380.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed980 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1076 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.2 Antigua PROMaxwell GM200-310-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Good
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date18 Jun 2015vs01 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1600x900
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1920x1080
8.4
vs green tick
10
2560x1440
6.2
vs green tick
8.5
3840x2160
4.6
vs green tick
6.6

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs6144 MB
Memory Speed1475 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth188.8GB/secvs336.6GB/sec
L2 Cache 768 KB vs green tick 3072 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units1792vs2816
Actual Shader Performance72%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units112vs176
Texture Rate109.8 GTexel/svs176 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs96
Pixel Rate31.4 GPixel/svs96 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections-vs3
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power190 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs600 Watts & 42 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 i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1600

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 980 Ti 6GB is an Enthusiast Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Maxwell architecture.

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 VXGI (Voxel Global Illumination) 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 GM200-310-A1 which has 22 SM activated and thus 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 96 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1000MHz and goes up to 1076MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 250W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and one available 8-pin connectors.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate its performance is slightly above AMD's Dual Radeon R9 295X2 at 1920x1080 but at any resolution above that, the latter proves to be faster.
As expected, $999 GeForce GTX Titan X is also slightly faster but GeForce GTX 980 is beaten in around 20%.
Even so, GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is not a competitive product because a solution of two GeForce GTX 970 in SLI is still much faster and doesn't come at a much higher cost ($658 against $649).

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. We recommend a Very Strong Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
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