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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 490X 8GB GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 38% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 43% 36%
Genshin Impact 37% 30%
FIFA 21 68% 65%
Watch Dogs Legion 39% 33%
eFootball PES 2021 68% 65%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 36% 29%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 44% 38%
Marvel's Avengers 41% 34%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 10% 0%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 490X 8GB are very slightly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI.

The GTX 980 has a 126 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 490X, but the RX 490X has 128 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. As a result, the RX 490X exhibits a 95.7 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 126 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 490X and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the GTX 980 providing 16.1 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 490X was released over a year more recently than the GTX 980, and so the RX 490X is likely to have better driver support, meaning it will be more optimized for running the latest games when compared to the GTX 980.

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 490X 8GB 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 GTX 980 has 448.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 490X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the RX 490X.

The Radeon RX 490X 8GB has 6144 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 580 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 980 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the RX 490X.

The RX 490X transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the RX 490X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980.

The Radeon RX 490X 8GB requires 250 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the RX 490X and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 100 Watts more than the RX 490X to run. The difference is significant enough that the GTX 980 may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the RX 490X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1216 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Polaris 10Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Jun 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

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1600x900 - vs green tick
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1920x1080
10
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10
2560x1440 - vs green tick
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3840x2160 - vs green tick
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GPU Memory

MemoryN/Avs8192 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus-vs512 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 4096 KB green tick vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression yes vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
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GPU Display

Shader Processing Units6144vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units384vs256
Texture Rate384 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs128
Pixel Rate128 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections2vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM-16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution-5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX 490X 8GB 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 8GB 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 490X 8GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. 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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