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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB Crossfire GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 35% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 40% 36%
Genshin Impact 34% 30%
eFootball PES 2021 67% 65%
FIFA 21 67% 65%
Watch Dogs Legion 36% 33%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 33% 29%
Marvel's Avengers 37% 34%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 5% 0%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 42% 38%

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

The GTX 980 has a 76 MHz higher core clock speed than the R9 FURY, but the R9 FURY has 256 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the R9 FURY exhibits a 249.3 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 FURY 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 FURY 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 Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB Crossfire and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The R9 FURY has 575.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the R9 FURY is massively better than the GTX 980.

The Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB Crossfire has 8192 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the R9 FURY is 8602 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The R9 FURY having 1878 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the R9 FURY delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 980.

The Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB Crossfire requires 500 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 FURY and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The R9 FURY requires 150 Watts more than the GTX 980 to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 FURY 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 1.2 Fiji XT (x2)Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date24 Jun 2015vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus8192 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeHBM-1vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth1024GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units8192vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units512vs256
Texture Rate537.6 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs128
Pixel Rate134.4 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections4vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power500 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU800 Watts & 50 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

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 FURY X 4GB Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 Fury X put together using AMD's Crossfire Technology.

The Fiji is a Second Generation GCN GPU. It offers support for HBM-1 Memory, DirectX 12.0, Open GL 4.5 and the acclaimed Delta Compression Algorithm which may decrease bandwidth consumption by up to 30%, in most games.
Fiji XT is the Full Variant of the GPU with 64 Compute Units activated, offering 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

The Central Unit runs at 1050MHz.

Memory: Speed
Each GPU is equipped with modern HBM-1 Memory and Accesses the Frame Buffer through a 4096-bit Memory Interface. The Memory Clock Operates at 500MHz.

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

Power Consumption
Power Consumption is around 500W.

Performance is Sufficient for Extremely Detailed Gaming at 4K.

System Suggestions
Radeon R9 FURY X 4GB Crossfire is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a High-End Processor and 16GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

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.

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.

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.
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