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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 490X 8GB GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 43% 2%
Call of Duty Warzone 41% 2%
Cyberpunk 2077 18% 40%
Resident Evil 3 Remake 43% 2%
Doom Eternal 39% 4%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Remastered 78% 62%
Half-Life: Alyx 10% 54%
Grand Theft Auto VI 9% 56%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 18% 40%
Beyond Good & Evil 2 18% 40%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 490X 8GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition.

The GTX 970 has a 102 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 490X, but the RX 490X has 280 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. As a result, the RX 490X exhibits a 269.4 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the GTX 970. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The GTX 970 has a 102 MHz higher core clock speed than the RX 490X, but the RX 490X has 72 more Render Output Units than the GTX 970. As a result, the RX 490X exhibits a 66.3 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the GTX 970. 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 970, 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 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 RX 490X has 4096 MB more video memory than the GTX 970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the GTX 970 has superior memory performance.

The GTX 970 has 224.4 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 490X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is massively better than the RX 490X.

The Radeon RX 490X 8GB has 6144 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition has 1664. However, the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2788. The RX 490X having 3356 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the RX 490X delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the GTX 970.

The RX 490X transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 970. This means that the RX 490X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 970.

The Radeon RX 490X 8GB requires 250 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 600 Watts for the RX 490X and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970. The RX 490X requires 102 Watts more than the GTX 970 to run. The difference is significant enough that the RX 490X may have an adverse affect on your yearly electricity bills in comparison to the GTX 970.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1000 MHzvs1102 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1241 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Polaris 10Maxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Jun 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

1366x768 - vs green tick
1600x900 - vs green tick
green tick vs green tick
2560x1440 - vs green tick
3840x2160 - vs green tick

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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units6144vs1664
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units384vs104
Texture Rate384 GTexel/svs114.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs56
Pixel Rate128 GPixel/svs61.7 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power250 Wattsvs148 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

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

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 490X 8GB is an Upcoming High-End Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.



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


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.
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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