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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 9% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 16% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 6% 29%
Genshin Impact 8% 30%
eFootball PES 2021 53% 65%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 32% 0%
Watch Dogs Legion 11% 33%
FIFA 21 53% 65%
Marvel's Avengers 13% 34%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 18% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI are noticeably better than the AMD Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB.

The RX 590 has a 343 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 112 more Texture Mapping Units than the RX 590. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 76.8 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the RX 590. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.

The RX 590 has a 343 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 96 more Render Output Units than the RX 590. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 97.1 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the RX 590. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The RX 590 was released over three years more recently than the GTX 980, and so the RX 590 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 Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 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 180 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RX 590, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the RX 590.

The Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB has 2304 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the RX 590 is 3594 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 3130 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 590.

The RX 590 transistor size technology is 16 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the RX 590 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980.

The Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB requires 235 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 500 Watts for the RX 590 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The GTX 980 requires 115 Watts more than the RX 590 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 590.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 38.8 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

38.8 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 40.8 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

40.8 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 42.2 FPS on Total War: Three Kingdoms

Total War: Three Kingdoms

42.2 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 42.7 FPS on Control

Control

42.7 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 43.2 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

43.2 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 46.7 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

46.7 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 47.7 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

47.7 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 52.4 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

52.4 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 53.1 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

53.1 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 55.9 FPS on Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV

55.9 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 60 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

60 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 60.1 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

60.1 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 62.6 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

62.6 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 62.6 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

62.6 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 62.8 FPS on Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

62.8 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 63.6 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

63.6 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 67.6 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

67.6 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 69.7 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

69.7 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 71.4 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

71.4 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 71.6 FPS on Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

71.6 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 73.8 FPS on F1 2019

F1 2019

73.8 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 73.9 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

73.9 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 79.5 FPS on Forza Horizon 4

Forza Horizon 4

79.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 84 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

84 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 86.5 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

86.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 89.6 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

89.6 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 90.7 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

90.7 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 92.7 FPS on PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

92.7 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 104.4 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

104.4 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 27.4 FPS on Control

Control

27.4 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 29.8 FPS on The Division 2

The Division 2

29.8 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 30.6 FPS on Metro: Exodus

Metro: Exodus

30.6 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 30.8 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

30.8 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 33.7 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

33.7 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 33.8 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

33.8 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 33.8 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

33.8 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 36.9 FPS on Total War: Warhammer 2

Total War: Warhammer 2

36.9 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 37.3 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

37.3 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 44.8 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

44.8 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 47.5 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

47.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 49 FPS on Hitman 2 (2018)

Hitman 2 (2018)

49 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 52.7 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

52.7 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 52.7 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

52.7 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 60.1 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

60.1 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 60.6 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

60.6 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 61.2 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

61.2 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 70.2 FPS on Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V

70.2 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 79.1 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

79.1 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 8.9 FPS on Assassins Creed: Origins

Assassins Creed: Origins

8.9 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 16.2 FPS on Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

16.2 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 17.9 FPS on Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3

17.9 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 21.1 FPS on Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

Tom Clancys Ghost Recon Wildlands

21.1 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 21.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Odyssey

Assassins Creed: Odyssey

21.1 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 22.1 FPS on Assassins Creed: Unity

Assassins Creed: Unity

22.1 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 23.2 FPS on Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

23.2 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 23.5 FPS on Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

23.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 23.5 FPS on Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4

23.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 24.3 FPS on Crysis 3

Crysis 3

24.3 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 28.5 FPS on The Witcher III

The Witcher III

28.5 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 29.8 FPS on Far Cry: New Dawn

Far Cry: New Dawn

29.8 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 30.6 FPS on Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider

30.6 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 30.6 FPS on Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

30.6 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 32.8 FPS on Battlefield V

Battlefield V

32.8 FPS

Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB gets 43.2 FPS on Battlefield 1

Battlefield 1

43.2 FPS

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1469 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1560 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureGCN 1.3 Polaris 30Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date29 Apr 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
8.7
vs green tick
9.9
3840x2160
6.7
vs green tick
7.8

GPU Memory

Memory8192 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed2100 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus256 Bitvs512 Bit
Memory TypeGDDR5vsGDDR5
Memory Bandwidth268.8GB/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 Units2304vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Technology12nmvs28nm
Texture Mapping Units144vs256
Texture Rate211.5 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs128
Pixel Rate47 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s
Comparison

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)4096x2160vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections1vs1
HDMI Connections2vs1
DisplayPort Connections2vs-
Comparison

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power235 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU500 Watts & 33 Ampsvs750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

DirectX12.0vs12.1
Shader Model6.0vs5.0
Open GL4.6vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono
SLI/Crossfirenovsno
Dedicatedyesvsyes
Comparison

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended ProcessorAMD Ryzen 5 2500X 4-Core 3.6GHzvsIntel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution2560x1440vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview
The new AMD Radeon RX 590 is an uprated version of the RX 580 on the smaller 12nm process node. The Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB is a mid-range Radeon RX 500 Series graphics card and considered great price to performance for gaming at 1080p.

This RX 590 is the 8GB version.

The Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB is a 2.2-slot video card with a Dual-X Cooling solution, alumnium backplate, a gold shroud, and intelligent fan control. This video card has below average overclocking potential. Architecture
It equips a GPU codenamed Polaris 30, which has 2304 shader processing units, 144 TMUs and 32 ROPs.

GPU
The RX 590 8GB central processing unit runs at 1469 MHz base clock and goes up to 1560 MHz when in boost and turbo mode, providing a small 1% overclock versus the reference model.

Memory
The GPU accesses a 8GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 256-bit memory interface, while the Memory Clock operates at 2100MHz.

Power Consumption
The Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB has a power TDP requirement of 235W. This means it will require at least a 500W PSU with one dedicated 8-pin and one 6-pin power connector.

Performance
Benchmarks indicate that the AMD Radeon RX 590 8GB will be around 10-15% faster than the Nvidia GTX 1060 in terms of gaming performance, and around 6% faster than the Radeon RX 580 model it is replacing.

System Suggestions
The Radeon RX 590 Sapphire Nitro+ AMD 50 Gold Edition 8GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 2560x1440, although is ideally suited for 1080p gaming. We recommend a high-end processor, like the new Ryzen R5 and at least 12GB of RAM for optimal gaming 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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