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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480 4GB GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 4% 2%
Call of Duty Warzone 0% 2%
Doom Eternal 2% 4%
Cyberpunk 2077 37% 40%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 4% 2%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered 63% 62%
Half-Life: Alyx 51% 54%
Grand Theft Auto VI 53% 56%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 37% 40%
One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 4% 2%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition.

The RX 480 has a 18 MHz higher core clock speed and 40 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. This results in the RX 480 providing 46.7 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 RX 480 has a 18 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 970, but the GTX 970 has 24 more Render Output Units than the RX 480. As a result, the GTX 970 exhibits a 25.9 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the RX 480. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The RX 480 was released over a year more recently than the GTX 970, and so the RX 480 is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 970.

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 RX 480 4GB and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.

The GTX 970 has 0.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 480, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is marginally better than the RX 480.

The Radeon RX 480 4GB has 2304 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 480 is 2917 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2788. The RX 480 having 129 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 480 delivers a slightly smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 970.

The RX 480 transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 970. This means that the RX 480 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 970.

The Radeon RX 480 4GB requires 120 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition requires 148 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 450 Watts for the RX 480 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970. The GTX 970 requires 28 Watts more than the RX 480 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the GTX 970 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the RX 480.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1120 MHzvs1102 MHz
Boost Clock1266 MHzvs1241 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere XTMaxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential Poor vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Jun 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth224GB/secvs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 2048 KB green tick vs 1792 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs1664
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units144vs104
Texture Rate161.3 GTexel/svs114.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs56
Pixel Rate35.8 GPixel/svs61.7 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power120 Wattsvs148 Watts
Recommended PSU450 Watts & 30 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX 480 4GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

It equips a GPU Codenamed Ellesmere XT which is a Forth Gen GCN GPU and has 36 SM activated and thus offers 2304 Shader Processing Units, 144 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

The Central Unit runs at 1120MHz and goes up to 1266MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1750MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 120W, it requires at least a 450W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Benchmarks Indicate Radeon RX 480 4GB is, on average, as fast as GeForce GTX 970.

System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1920x1080. We recommend a High-End Processor and 8GB of RAM for Optimal Performance.
GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 970 4GB created by MSI. It features a new Cooling Solution and overclocking out of the box. Read below to know more.

Overclock: Central Unit
The Central Unit now runs at 1102MHz, instead of 1051MHz. The Boost Clock is now of 1241MHz, instead of 1178MHz.

Overclock: Memory Clock
The Operating Memory Clock still runs at 1753MHz and the Frame Buffer is still 4GB. This is adequate for the GPU.

Cooling Solution
The reference NVIDIA Single-Fan Cooling System has been replaced by MSI's Armor 2X Cooling Solution. This means the card runs cooler under load.

Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.
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