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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 480 8GB GeForce GTX 970 MSI Armor 2X OC 4GB Edition
Red Dead Redemption 2 2% 2%
Halo: Reach 69% 68%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2% 2%
Borderlands 3 4% 8%
Star Wars: Jedi - Fallen Order 35% 40%
FIFA 20 48% 46%
Cyberpunk 2077 35% 40%
Halo: The Master Chief Collection 13% 17%
eFootball PES 2020 33% 30%
Fortnite: Chapter 2 55% 53%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX 480 8GB 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 RX 480 has 4096 MB more video memory than the GTX 970, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the RX 480 also has superior memory performance overall.

The RX 480 has 31.6 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 970, which means that the memory performance of the RX 480 is noticeably better than the GTX 970.

The Radeon RX 480 8GB 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 noticeably 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 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 480 and a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the GTX 970. The RX 480 requires 2 Watts more than the GTX 970 to run. The difference is not significant enough for the RX 480 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX 970.

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 Date29 Jun 2016vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Resolution Performance

1366x768
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1600x900
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1920x1080
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2560x1440
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3840x2160
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GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs4096 MB
Memory Speed2000 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs256 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth256GB/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%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units2304vs1664
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units144vs104
Texture Rate161.3 GTexel/svs114.6 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs56
Pixel Rate35.8 GPixel/svs61.7 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

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

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power150 Wattsvs148 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs500 Watts & 37 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.5vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfireyesvsyes
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorIntel Core i5-6600K 3.5GHzvsIntel Core i7-4770K 4-Core 3.5GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs8 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs2560x1440

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX 480 8GB is a Performance Graphics Card based on the Third Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

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.

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

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 2000MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 150W, it requires at least a 500W PSU with one available 6-pin connector.

Performance
Benchmarks Indicate Radeon RX 480 8GB can be almost 10% Faster than GeForce GTX 970 at 4K. However, Radeon R9 390X is still slightly faster, overall.
At 1920x1080, the default rank for all GD Graphics Card, expect its performance to be between Radeonn R9 290 and Radeon R9 290X.

System Suggestions
Radeon RX 480 8GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440. 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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