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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 390X Crossfire GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 22% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 28% 36%
Genshin Impact 21% 30%
eFootball PES 2021 60% 65%
FIFA 21 60% 65%
Watch Dogs Legion 24% 33%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 20% 29%
Marvel's Avengers 25% 34%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 13% 0%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 30% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are very slightly better than the AMD Radeon R9 390X Crossfire.

The GTX 980 has a 76 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 390X, but the R9 390X has 96 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the R9 390X exhibits a 81.3 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 76 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 390X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 980 providing 9.7 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 390X 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 R9 390X has 8192 MB more video memory than the GTX 980, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the R9 390X also has superior memory performance overall.

The R9 390X has 319.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the R9 390X is massively better than the GTX 980.

The Radeon R9 390X Crossfire has 5632 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 390X is 5027 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 1697 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the R9 390X performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The Radeon R9 390X Crossfire requires 550 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 800 Watts for the R9 390X and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The R9 390X requires 200 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 390X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 980.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1050 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1216 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.1 Grenada XT (x2)Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
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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1600x900
10
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10
1920x1080
10
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10
2560x1440
9.2
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9.9
3840x2160
7.3
vs green tick
7.8

GPU Memory

Memory16384 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus1024 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth768GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units5632vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology28nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units352vs256
Texture Rate369.6 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs128
Pixel Rate134.4 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power550 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU800 Watts & 50 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon R9 390X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 390X put together using AMD's Crossfire Technology.

Architecture
Radeon R9 390X Features a GPU Codenamed Grenada XT which is a Second Gen GCN GPU and is identical to the Hawaii XT GPU used on the older Radeon R9 290X.

Grenada PRO has 44 Compute Units Unlocked and offers 2816 Shader Processing Units, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit runs at 1050MHz.

Memory: Speed
Each GPU is equipped with fast GDDR5 and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 512-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 1500MHz.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 8GB. 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 8GB of Memory are needed - such as 4K Gaming, a Large Frame Buffer is mostly a Gimmick.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption is around 550W.

Performance
Performance is Sufficient for Detailed Gaming at 4K.

System Suggestions
We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
Overview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

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.

GPU
It consists of 2 GPUs codenamed GM204-400-A1 which, together, offer 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 128 ROPs, on a 512-bit memory interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit runs at 1126MHz and goes up to 1216MHz, in Turbo Mode, while the memory clock operates at 1753MHz.

Power Consumption
Power Consumption lies between 300W and 400W.

Performance
Gaming benchmarks prove that at 4K (3840x2160) GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is over 7% faster than AMD's Radeon R9 295X2.

System Suggestions
We recommend a very strong processor (Intel Core i7 Six Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 16GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI.
Recommended CPU
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