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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 540X 4GB Mobile GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 101% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 85% 36%
Genshin Impact 103% 30%
eFootball PES 2021 2% 65%
FIFA 21 2% 65%
Watch Dogs Legion 96% 33%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 106% 29%
Marvel's Avengers 92% 34%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 191% 0%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 79% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are massively better than the AMD Radeon RX 540X 4GB Mobile.

The GTX 980 has a 2 MHz higher core clock speed and 224 more Texture Mapping Units than the RX 540X. This results in the GTX 980 providing 252.3 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 GTX 980 has a 2 MHz higher core clock speed and 112 more Render Output Units than the RX 540X. This results in the GTX 980 providing 126.1 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 540X was released over three years more recently than the GTX 980, and so the RX 540X is likely to have far better driver support, meaning it will be much more optimized and ultimately superior to the GTX 980 when running the latest games.

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 GTX 980 has 4096 MB more video memory than the RX 540X, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the GTX 980 also has superior memory performance overall.

The GTX 980 has 448.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 540X, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the RX 540X.

The Radeon RX 540X 4GB Mobile has 512 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 540X is 624 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 6100 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 540X.

The RX 540X transistor size technology is 14 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the RX 540X is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980.

The Radeon RX 540X 4GB Mobile requires 50 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 350 Watts for the RX 540X and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 300 Watts more than the RX 540X 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 540X.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1124 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1219 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Lexa ProMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date13 Apr 2018vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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Comparison

Resolution Performance

1366x768
10
green tick vs -
1600x900
9.4
vs green tick
10
1920x1080
7.5
vs green tick
10
2560x1440
5.4
vs green tick
9.9
3840x2160
3.9
vs green tick
7.8

GPU Memory

Memory4096 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1500 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus-vs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth-vs448.8GB/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 Units512vs4096
Actual Shader Performance30%vs100%
Technology14nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units32vs256
Texture Rate36 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units16vs128
Pixel Rate18 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)5120x2880vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections1vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power50 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU350 Watts & 23 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL-vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUyesno
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1600x900vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The new AMD Radeon RX 500X series are an OEM version of the current RX 500 series. The Radeon RX 540X 4GB Mobile is a Low to Middle-Class laptop Graphics Card based on the 4th Generation of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture. The specs of the Radeon RX 500X series graphics cards are identical to the standard Radeon RX 500 series.

GPU
It equips a GPU Codenamed Lexa Pro which has 14 Compute Units activated and thus 512 Shader Processing Units, 32 TMUs and 16 ROPs.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 4GB frame buffer of Fast GDDR5, through a 128-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock Operates at 1500MHz.

Power Consumption
With a rated board TDP of 50W, it requires at least a 350W PSU and relies entirely on the PCI Slot for Power, meaning no Extra Connectors are required.

Performance
This graphics card was designed and marketed towards the competitive MOBA gamers with laptops. A light weight, small form factor GPU solution that offers mobility. The Radeon RX 54X0 4GB Mobile can play most modern games at medium graphics selection on a 1080p screen res and expect around 45+FPS. Performance is exactly the same as the Radeon RX 540.

System Suggestions
Radeon RX 540 4GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 1600x900. We recommend a Performance Processor and 8GB 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
N/A
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GPU Variants
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