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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480X 8GB GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition
Cyberpunk 2077 13% 40%
Red Dead Redemption 2 18% 2%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 18% 2%
Doom Eternal 29% 12%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 13% 40%
Need For Speed Heat 18% 2%
Grand Theft Auto VI 26% 56%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 13% 40%
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord 21% 2%
Star Citizen 33% 17%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 480X 8GB are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition.

The RX 480X has a 148 MHz higher core clock speed and 24 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 970. This results in the RX 480X providing 45.4 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 148 MHz higher core clock speed and 8 more Render Output Units than the GTX 970. This results in the RX 480X providing 18.3 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 RX 480X 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 480X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 970 is massively better than the RX 480X.

The Radeon RX 480X 8GB has 2048 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 2560 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 970 is 2788. The GTX 970 having 228 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX 970 delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the RX 480X.

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 8GB requires 150 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 2 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 Speed1250 MHzvs1102 MHz
Boost Clock-vs1241 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Ellesmere XTMaxwell GM204-200-A1
OC Potential None vs Fair
Driver Support Great vs Great
Release Date01 Nov 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 Speed1750 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus-vs256 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs224.4GB/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 Units2048vs1664
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units128vs104
Texture Rate160 GTexel/svs114.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs56
Pixel Rate80 GPixel/svs61.7 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs148 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 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 480X 8GB is an Upcoming High-End Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.


It equips a GPU Codenamed Ellesmere XT which has 32 SM activated and thus 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 64 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1250MHz and goes up to 1350MHz, in Turbo Mode.

The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Second Gen GDDR5X, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1750MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 8-pin connector.


System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480X 8GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1600. 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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