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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gigabyte XTREME 6GB Edition Radeon R9 270X Crossfire
Cyberpunk 2077 24% 21%
Hitman 3 1% 58%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 30% 11%
Resident Evil 8 24% 21%
FIFA 21 61% 39%
Grand Theft Auto VI 7% 71%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 32% 7%
Genshin Impact 24% 21%
The Medium 5% 51%
Far Cry 6 10% 76%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gigabyte XTREME 6GB Edition are significantly better than the AMD Radeon R9 270X Crossfire.

The GTX 980 Ti has a 216 MHz higher core clock speed and 16 more Texture Mapping Units than the R9 270X. This results in the GTX 980 Ti providing 54 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 216 MHz higher core clock speed and 32 more Render Output Units than the R9 270X. This results in the GTX 980 Ti providing 52.7 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 GTX 980 Ti was released over a year more recently than the R9 270X, 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 270X.

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 270X, 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 R9 270X has 12.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980 Ti, which means that the memory performance of the R9 270X is slightly better than the GTX 980 Ti.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gigabyte XTREME 6GB Edition has 2816 Shader Processing Units and the Radeon R9 270X Crossfire has 2560. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 Ti is 5007 and the actual shader performance of the R9 270X is 2285. The GTX 980 Ti having 2722 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 270X.

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti Gigabyte XTREME 6GB Edition requires 250 Watts to run and the Radeon R9 270X Crossfire requires 360 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX 980 Ti and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the R9 270X. The R9 270X requires 110 Watts more than the GTX 980 Ti to run. The difference is significant enough that the R9 270X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 980 Ti.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1216 MHzvs1000 MHz
Boost Clock1317 MHzvs1050 MHz
ArchitectureMaxwell GM200-310-A1GCN 1.1 Curacao XT (x2)
OC Potential Fair vs Poor
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date11 Nov 2015vs08 Oct 2013
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory6144 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1800 MHzvs1400 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth345.6GB/secvs358.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 3072 KB green tick vs 1024 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs no
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2816vs2560
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units176vs160
Texture Rate214 GTexel/svs160 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs64
Pixel Rate116.7 GPixel/svs64 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x3200vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs2
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs360 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs750 Watts

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i7-4790K 4-Core 4.0GHzvsIntel Core i5-4670K 3.4GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1600vs1920x1080

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GPU Mini Review

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

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit is now of 1216MHz, instead of 1000MHz, while the Boost Clock reaches 1317MHz, instead of 1076MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock has been increased from 1753MHz to 1800MHz.

Frame Buffer

Cooling Solution
WindForce 3X Cooling System.

Benchmarks Indicate a 13% Performance Boost over the Reference GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB.
Radeon R9 270X Crossfire is a solution of two Radeon R9 270X put together using AMD'S Crossfire technology.
Check the page of Radeon R9 270X to know more about its chip.
Crossfire relies a lot on proper driver support and may suffer from micro-stuttering in lower frame rates (below 30). Benchmarks indicate the performance is overall, is up to x% better than a single Radeon R9 270X performing by itself but at times (depending whether or not the 3D game supports crossfire or in the graphics driver) it performed worse than a single Radeon R9 270X. Expect this combination to draw up to 360 Watt though the average power consumption should be slightly lower.
Even the most demanding games will run at the highest settings.
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