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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI 6GB Edition Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 18% 40%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18% 40%
Zombieland: Double Tap - Road Trip 24% 30%
Cyberpunk 2077 12% 92%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 12% 92%
Borderlands 3 14% 47%
FIFA 20 56% 26%
The Outer Worlds 25% 28%
eFootball PES 2020 44% 5%
Ghost Recon Breakpoint 24% 111%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI 6GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition.

The GTX 980 Ti and the R9 280X have the same core clock speed of 1000 MHz, but the GTX 980 Ti has 48 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 280X. As a result, the GTX 980 Ti exhibits a 48 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the R9 280X. 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 and the R9 280X have the same core clock speed of 1000 MHz, but the GTX 980 Ti has 64 more Render Output Units than the R9 280X. As a result, the GTX 980 Ti exhibits a 64 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the R9 280X. 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 280X, 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 280X.

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 3072 MB more video memory than the R9 280X, 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 48.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 280X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 Ti is noticeably better than the R9 280X.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI 6GB Edition has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition has 2048. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 Ti is 4091 and the actual shader performance of the R9 280X is 1915. The GTX 980 Ti having 2176 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 280X.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti MSI 6GB Edition requires 250 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 Ti and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the R9 280X. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1076 MHzvs1100 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM200-310-A1GCN 1.0 Tahiti XTL
OC Potential Good vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date02 Jun 2015vs09 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1920x1080
10
green tick vs
8.7
2560x1440
8.5
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6.5
3840x2160
6.6
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5

GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs3072 MB
Memory Speed1753 MHzvs1500 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs384 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth336.6GB/secvs288GB/sec
L2 Cache 3072 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs92%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units176vs128
Texture Rate176 GTexel/svs128 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs32
Pixel Rate96 GPixel/svs32 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs250 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs600 Watts

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.0
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.4
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-3570K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

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

Overclock: Central Unit
None.

Overclock: Memory Clock
None.

Frame Buffer
Untouched.


Cooling Solution
The Cooling System remains the same.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate no Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB.
Radeon R9 280X Gigabyte 3GB OC Edition is a special edition of the high-end Radeon R9 280X.
This edition comes with a custom cooling system called "WindForce", which reduces the card's temperature under load, significantly and comes overclocked out of the box in the central unit that was increased from 850MHz to 1000MHz, while the Boost clock is now of 1100MHz.
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance boost over the standard edition and so this card offers the same performance a GeForce GTX 770 does.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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