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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon VII XFX 16GB GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 42% 31%
Watch Dogs Legion 43% 33%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 46% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 48% 38%
Genshin Impact 41% 30%
FIFA 21 70% 65%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 48% 38%
eFootball PES 2021 70% 65%
Ghostrunner 48% 38%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 44% 34%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the AMD Radeon VII XFX 16GB are noticeably better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI.

The VII XFX has a 274 MHz higher core clock speed but 16 fewer Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. The lower TMU count doesn't matter, though, as altogether the VII XFX manages to provide 47.7 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 VII XFX has a 274 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980 and the same number of Render Output Units. This results in the VII XFX providing 35.1 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 VII XFX was released over three years more recently than the GTX 980, and so the VII XFX 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 VII XFX has 8192 MB more video memory than the GTX 980, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. This is supported by the fact that the VII XFX also has superior memory performance overall.

The VII XFX has 575.2 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, which means that the memory performance of the VII XFX is massively better than the GTX 980.

The Radeon VII XFX 16GB has 3840 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the VII XFX is 4368 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 2356 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the VII XFX performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The VII XFX transistor size technology is 21 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the VII XFX is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980.

The Radeon VII XFX 16GB 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 VII XFX and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 55 Watts more than the VII XFX 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 VII XFX.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 70.5 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

70.5 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 76.2 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

76.2 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 76.7 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

76.7 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 77.1 FPS on Control

Control

77.1 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 79 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

79 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 87.3 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

87.3 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 90.2 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

90.2 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 91 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

91 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 92.2 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

92.2 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 93.2 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

93.2 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 100.4 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

100.4 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 101.3 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

101.3 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 108 FPS on The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

108 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 110.9 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

110.9 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 114.8 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

114.8 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 123.8 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

123.8 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 129.8 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

129.8 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 138 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

138 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 139 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

139 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 145.3 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

145.3 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 159 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

159 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 167.8 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

167.8 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 172.4 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

172.4 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 181 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

181 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 200+ FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

200+ FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 45.2 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

45.2 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 50 FPS on Control

Control

50 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 55.5 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

55.5 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 57.7 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

57.7 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 60.3 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

60.3 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 64.8 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

64.8 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 66.3 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

66.3 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 69.7 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

69.7 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 70.3 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

70.3 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 72.4 FPS on The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

72.4 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 73.2 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

73.2 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 74.5 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

74.5 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 78 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

78 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 94 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

94 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 95.6 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

95.6 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 100.2 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

100.2 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 100.7 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

100.7 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 115.9 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

115.9 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 116.5 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

116.5 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 126.3 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

126.3 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 128.4 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

128.4 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 136.8 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

136.8 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 146.5 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

146.5 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 20.6 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

20.6 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 24.6 FPS on Control

Control

24.6 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 29.6 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

29.6 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 34.1 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

34.1 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 34.9 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

34.9 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 35.4 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

35.4 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 36.3 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

36.3 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 37.6 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

37.6 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 39.3 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

39.3 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 40.6 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

40.6 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 42.9 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

42.9 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 43.2 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

43.2 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 44.6 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

44.6 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 45 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

45 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 45.8 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

45.8 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 51.8 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

51.8 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 52.5 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

52.5 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 57 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

57 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 63.6 FPS on Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein: Youngblood

63.6 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 67.4 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

67.4 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 71.4 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

71.4 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 72 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

72 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 86.7 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

86.7 FPS

Radeon VII XFX 16GB gets 86.8 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

86.8 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1400 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1750 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureVega 20 XTMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date07 Feb 2019vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
Approved
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
10
green tick vs
9.9
3840x2160
8
green tick vs
7.8

GPU Memory

Memory16384 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1000 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus4096 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeHBM-2vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth1024GB/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 Units3840vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology7nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units240vs256
Texture Rate336 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units128vs128
Pixel Rate179.2 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)3840x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections1vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power295 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU600 Wattsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

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

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD Ryzen 7 2700XvsIntel 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 The Radeon VII XFX 16GB is an Enthusiast Graphics Card based on the fifth (5.1) Revision of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) Architecture.
Architecture Vega 20 XT GPU offers support for second-gen HBM2 Memory, DirectX 12.0 and Open GL 4.5. The Vega 20 XT is the first ever 7nm gaming GPU and is the Full Variant of the GPU with 60 Compute Units activated, offering 3840 Shader Processing Units, 240 TMUs and 128 ROPs.
GPU The Central Unit is clocked at 1400MHz with a boost clock speed of 1750MHz.
Memory: Speed The GPU is equipped with 16GB of stacked HBM2 Memory and accesses the Frame Buffer through a 4096-bit memory interface, offering total memory bandwidth of 967.7 GB/s. HBM2 memory is clocked at 1000MHz base clock, or 2000 MHz effective speed.
Memory: Frame Buffer The GPU can fill up a Memory Pool of up to 16GB. Under most circumstances, this only proves useful in certain 3D Games whose Settings Require Large Amounts of Memory but it makes the Radeon VII a great GPU for memory-intensive programs. The GPU itself is aimed for 4K Gaming. The 16GB HBM2 framebuffer is 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 VII XFX 16GB is in the same region of performance as the GeForce RTX 2080, although it does lack ray-tracing support. However, the ultra-wide HBM2 memory may offer the Radeon RX Vega an advantage at higher resolutions. System Suggestions AMD Radeon VII XFX 16GB 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
Possible GPU Upgrades
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GPU Variants
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