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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480X 4GB GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 40%
Red Dead Redemption 2 18% 2%
Doom Eternal 29% 12%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 13% 40%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 21% 2%
Need For Speed Heat 18% 2%
Grand Theft Auto VI 26% 56%
BeamNG.drive 29% 12%
Star Citizen 33% 17%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 13% 40%

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

The RX 480X has a 48 MHz higher core clock speed and 152 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. This results in the RX 480X providing 179.8 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 480X has a 48 MHz higher core clock speed and 72 more Render Output Units than the GTX 970. This results in the RX 480X providing 85.5 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 RX 480X was released over a year more recently than the GTX 970, and so the RX 480X 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 480X 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 224.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 480X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is massively better than the RX 480X.

The Radeon RX 480X 4GB has 4096 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 480X is 5325 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2788. The RX 480X having 2537 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 970 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

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

The Radeon RX 480X 4GB requires 175 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 500 Watts for the RX 480X and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970. The RX 480X requires 27 Watts more than the GTX 970 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the RX 480X to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1150 MHzvs1102 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs1241 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Polaris 10Maxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Nov 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
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1600x900 - vs green tick
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1920x1080
10
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10
2560x1440 - vs green tick
7.5
3840x2160 - vs green tick
5.7

GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs4096 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus-vs256 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs 1792 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs1664
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs104
Texture Rate294.4 GTexel/svs114.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs56
Pixel Rate147.2 GPixel/svs61.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs5120x3200
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power175 Wattsvs148 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.1vs12.1
Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatednovsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM-8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX 480X 4GB is an Upcoming High-End Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
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Memory
The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of Second Generation HBM, through a 4096-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 500MHz.

Power Consumption
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Performance
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System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480X 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
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.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate a 5% performance over the reference GeForce GTX 970 4GB.
Recommended CPU
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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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