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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 31% 31%
Watch Dogs Legion 33% 33%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 37% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 39% 38%
Genshin Impact 31% 30%
FIFA 21 65% 65%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 39% 38%
eFootball PES 2021 65% 65%
Ghostrunner 39% 38%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 35% 34%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB are marginally better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI.

The RX Vega has a 121 MHz higher core clock speed and the same number of Texture Mapping Units as the GTX 980. This results in the RX Vega providing 30.9 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 Vega has a 121 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 64 more Render Output Units than the RX Vega. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 64.3 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the RX Vega. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The RX Vega was released over a year more recently than the GTX 980, and so the RX Vega 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 Vega 64 MSI 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 192.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX Vega, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the RX Vega.

Both the Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI have 4096 Shader Processing Units. While the two GPUs have the same number of SPUs, the actual performance delivered by the GTX 980 is 6724 and by the RX Vega is 6724. Knowing that the shader performance of the GTX 980 is superior, it is not necessary to examine the GPUs' respective Texture and Pixel Fill Rates.

The RX Vega transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the RX Vega is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980. While they exhibit similar graphical performance, the RX Vega should consume less power than the GTX 980.

The Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB requires 295 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 Vega and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 55 Watts more than the RX Vega 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 Vega.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 58.5 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

58.5 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 63.6 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

63.6 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 64.9 FPS on Control

Control

64.9 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 65.5 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

65.5 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 65.8 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

65.8 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 75.2 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

75.2 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 75.4 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

75.4 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 79.3 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

79.3 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 81 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

81 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 81.9 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

81.9 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 83.2 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

83.2 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 83.2 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

83.2 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 90.8 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

90.8 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 93.1 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

93.1 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 93.5 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

93.5 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 93.9 FPS on The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

93.9 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 101.1 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

101.1 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 109.5 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

109.5 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 111.9 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

111.9 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 113.3 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

113.3 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 114.8 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

114.8 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 131.3 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

131.3 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 138.4 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

138.4 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 146.8 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

146.8 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 155.8 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

155.8 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 175.8 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

175.8 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 36.3 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

36.3 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 41.2 FPS on Control

Control

41.2 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 46.4 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

46.4 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 47.5 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

47.5 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 50.1 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

50.1 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 55.3 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

55.3 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 56 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

56 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 56.9 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

56.9 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 58.9 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

58.9 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 61.2 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

61.2 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 61.4 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

61.4 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 62.3 FPS on The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

62.3 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 63.9 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

63.9 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 64.5 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

64.5 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 76.7 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

76.7 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 81 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

81 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 81.6 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

81.6 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 98.7 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

98.7 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 102.2 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

102.2 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 104.5 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

104.5 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 110.5 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

110.5 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 119.8 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

119.8 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 120 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

120 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 19.9 FPS on Control

Control

19.9 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 24.7 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

24.7 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 26.7 FPS on The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

26.7 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 28.8 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

28.8 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 28.9 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

28.9 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 29 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

29 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 29.4 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

29.4 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 31.6 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

31.6 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 32.7 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

32.7 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 33.9 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

33.9 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 34.2 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

34.2 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 34.3 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

34.3 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 36.8 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

36.8 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 37.7 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

37.7 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 39 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

39 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 44.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

44.1 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 45.5 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

45.5 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 49.7 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

49.7 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 54.2 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

54.2 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 55.9 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

55.9 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 59.1 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

59.1 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 61 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

61 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 68 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

68 FPS

Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB gets 71.1 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

71.1 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1247 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1546 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureVega 10 XTXMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date07 Aug 2017vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
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1600x900
10
green tick vs green tick
10
1920x1080
10
green tick vs green tick
10
2560x1440
9.5
vs green tick
9.9
3840x2160
7.5
vs green tick
7.8

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed500 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus2048 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeHBM-2vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth256GB/secvs448.8GB/sec
L2 Cache 0 KB vs green tick 4096 KB
Delta Color Compression no vs yes
Memory Performance 0% green tick vs green tick 0%
Comparison

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units4096vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units256vs256
Texture Rate319.2 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units64vs128
Pixel Rate79.8 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections4vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power295 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Watts & 42 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12vs12.1
Shader Model5.0vs5.0
Open GL4.4vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM16 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB is an Enthusiast Graphics Card based on the Fourth (4.0) Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.

Architecture
The Vega 10 XTX GPU offers support for HBM-2 Memory, DirectX 12.0 and Open GL 4.5. Vega 10 XT is the Full Variant of the GPU with 64 Compute Units activated, offering 4096 Shader Processing Units, 256 TMUs and 64 ROPs.

GPU
The Central Unit is clocked at 1247MHz witth a boost clock speed of 1546MHz.

Memory: Speed
The GPU is equipped with stacked HBM-2 Memory and accesses the Frame Buffer through a 2048-bit memory interface.

Memory: Frame Buffer
The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 8GB. Under most circumstances, this only proves useful in certain 3D Games whose Settings Require Large Amounts of Memory.
The GPU itself is aimed for 4K Gaming. The 8GB HBM2 framebuffer should be enough to prevent it bottlenecking performance in any AAA title at 4K.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 295W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with two available 8-pin connectors.

Performance
The Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB is in the same region of performance as the GeForce GTX 1080. However, the ultra-wide HBM2 memory may offer the Radeon RX Vega an advantage at higher resolutions.
System Suggestions
Radeon RX Vega 64 MSI 8GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840 x2160 (4K). We recommend a Very Strong Processor and at least 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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Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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