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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 4GB Radeon R9 M395X 4GB
Cyberpunk 2077 3% 85%
Hitman 3 34% 141%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 6% 69%
Resident Evil 8 3% 85%
FIFA 21 48% 7%
Grand Theft Auto VI 45% 161%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 9% 64%
Genshin Impact 3% 85%
The Medium 28% 131%
Far Cry 6 49% 168%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 M395X 4GB.

The GTX 980 has a 341 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the R9 M395X. This results in the GTX 980 providing 43.7 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 has a 341 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the R9 M395X. This results in the GTX 980 providing 45 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 was released less than a year after the R9 M395X, 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 GeForce GTX 980 4GB and the Radeon R9 M395X 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 980 has 64 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the R9 M395X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is much better than the R9 M395X.

Both the GeForce GTX 980 4GB and the Radeon R9 M395X 4GB have 2048 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GTX 980 is 3290 and by the R9 M395X is 1259. Knowing that the shader performance of the GTX 980 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB requires 165 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 M395X 4GB requires 125 Watts. The GTX 980 requires 40 Watts more than the R9 M395X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 may have a slight adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the R9 M395X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1064 MHzvs723 MHz
Boost Clock1190 MHzvs-
ArchitectureMaxwell GM204GCN 1.2 Amethyst XT
OC Potential Fair vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date22 Sep 2015vs09 Jun 2015
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
10
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9.8
1920x1080
10
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7.8
2560x1440
7.8
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5.7
3840x2160
5.8
green tick vs
4.2

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1250 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224GB/secvs160GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 768 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2048vs2048
Actual Shader Performance100%vs61%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units128vs128
Texture Rate136.2 GTexel/svs92.5 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs32
Pixel Rate68.1 GPixel/svs23.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs0
HDMI Connections0vs0
DisplayPort Connections0vs0
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power165 Wattsvs125 Watts
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GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4940MX 4-Core 3.1GHzvsIntel Core i7-4810MQ 4-Core 2.8GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1920x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB, AKA GeForce GTX 990M, is a High-End Mobile Graphics Card based on the Second Revision of the Maxwell Architrcture.

Architecture
GeForce GTX 980 4GB Features a GPU Codenamed GM-204 which is a Second Gen GCN GPU and is identical to the GM204-400-A1 GPU used on the Desktop GeForce GTX 980.
GM-204 has 16 Compute Units Unlocked and thus offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit is Clocked at 1126MHz and goes up to 1190MHz, in Turbo Mode.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 256-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1750MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 4GB.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 165W, it is suited for very large laptops.

Performance
Performance is Identical to the Desktop GeForce GTX 980 4GB.
Therefore, GeForce GTX 980 4GB is the Fastest Single Mobile Graphics Card as of 09/2015 and only Surpassed by Notebooks with GeForce GTX 980M in SLI.

System Suggestions
GeForce GTX 980 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560X1600. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
Radeon R9 M395X 4GB is a High-End Mobile Graphics Card based on the second revision of the Graphics Core Next Architecture (CGN).

Architecture
Radeon R9 M395X 4GB Features a GPU Codenamed Amethyst XT which is a Third Gen GCN GPU and is identical to the Tonga XT GPU used on the Desktop Radeon R9 380X.
Amethyst XT has 32 Compute Units Unlocked and thus offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit is Clocked at 723MHz.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 256-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1250MHz.

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, because the GPU itself is too weak to work under other circumstances in which 4GB of Memory are needed - such as 4K Gaming, a Large Frame Buffer is mostly a Gimmick.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 125W, it is suited for very large laptops.

Performance
Radeon R9 M395X 4GB is a Direct Rebrand of Radeon R9 M295X 4GB.
Performance is Comparable to the desktop Radeon R9 280. Therefore, even GeForce GTX 970M is still faster.

System Suggestions
Radeon R9 M395X 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a Strong Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Recommended CPU
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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