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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Radeon RX Vega 9 GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 164% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 143% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 171% 29%
Genshin Impact 166% 30%
eFootball PES 2021 34% 65%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 281% 0%
Watch Dogs Legion 156% 33%
FIFA 21 34% 65%
Marvel's Avengers 152% 34%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 135% 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 Vega 9.

The GTX 980 has a 26 MHz higher core clock speed and 176 more Texture Mapping Units than the RX Vega. This results in the GTX 980 providing 200.3 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 26 MHz higher core clock speed and 96 more Render Output Units than the RX Vega. This results in the GTX 980 providing 108.9 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 Vega was released over three years more recently than the GTX 980, and so the RX Vega 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.

The GTX 980 has 8192 MB video memory, but the RX Vega does not have an entry, so the two GPUs cannot be reliably compared in this area.

The Radeon RX Vega 9 has 576 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the RX Vega is 487 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The GTX 980 having 6237 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 Vega.

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.

The GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts to run but there is no entry for the RX Vega. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980, but we do not have a recommended PSU wattage for the RX Vega.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1100 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1300 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureVegaMaxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date28 Feb 2018vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory-vs8192 MB
Memory Speed-vs1753 MHz
Memory Bus-vs512 Bit
Memory Type-vsGDDR5
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%

GPU Display

Shader Processing Units576vs4096
Actual Shader Performance23%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units80vs256
Texture Rate88 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units32vs128
Pixel Rate35.2 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)-vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections0vs1
DisplayPort Connections0vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power-350 Watts
Recommended PSU-750 Watts & 42 Amps

GPU Features

Shader Model-vs5.0
Open GL-vs4.5
Open CL-vs-
Notebook GPUnono

GPU Supporting Hardware

Recommended Processor-Intel Core i7-5820K 6-Core 3.3GHz
Recommended RAM8 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution1920x1080vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview Radeon RX Vega 9 is a dedicated Graphics processor found in AMD's Desktop and Mobile Ryzen processors. GPU It equips a GPU Codenamed Vega M which offers 9 Compute Units and 575 Shaders. The Central Unit Initially Runs at 1100MHz and goes up to 1300MHz in Turbo Mode. System Suggestions We recommend 8GB of RAM for a system with Radeon RX Vega 9.Overview
GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI is a solution of two GeForce GTX 980 4GB put together using NVIDIA's SLI technology.

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.

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.

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.
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