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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game GeForce RTX 3090 Asus TUF Gaming 24GB GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI
Cyberpunk 2077 59% 31%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 62% 36%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 58% 29%
Genshin Impact 59% 30%
eFootball PES 2021 79% 65%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 41% 0%
Watch Dogs Legion 60% 33%
FIFA 21 79% 65%
Marvel's Avengers 61% 34%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 63% 38%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 Asus TUF Gaming 24GB are significantly better than the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI.

The RTX 3090 has a 284 MHz higher core clock speed and 64 more Texture Mapping Units than the GTX 980. This results in the RTX 3090 providing 162.9 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 RTX 3090 has a 284 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX 980, but the GTX 980 has 32 more Render Output Units than the RTX 3090. As a result, the GTX 980 exhibits a 8.7 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the RTX 3090. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.

The RTX 3090 was released over three years more recently than the GTX 980, and so the RTX 3090 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 RTX 3090 has 16384 MB more video memory than the GTX 980, so is likely to be much better at displaying game textures at higher resolutions. However, overall, the GTX 980 has superior memory performance.

The GTX 980 has 448.8 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the RTX 3090, which means that the memory performance of the GTX 980 is massively better than the RTX 3090.

The GeForce RTX 3090 Asus TUF Gaming 24GB has 10496 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI has 4096. However, the actual shader performance of the RTX 3090 is 18106 and the actual shader performance of the GTX 980 is 6724. The RTX 3090 having 11382 better shader performance is not particularly notable, as altogether the GTX 980 performs better when taking into account other relevant data.

The RTX 3090 transistor size technology is 20 nm (nanometers) smaller than the GTX 980. This means that the RTX 3090 is expected to run slightly cooler and achieve higher clock frequencies than the GTX 980.

The GeForce RTX 3090 Asus TUF Gaming 24GB requires 350 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX 980 4GB SLI requires 350 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the RTX 3090 and a PSU with at least 750 Watts for the GTX 980. The two GPUs require the same amount of wattage to run. As such, there is no need to worry about which will more significantly affect your yearly electricity bills.

Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

GPU Architecture

Core Speed1410 MHzvs1126 MHz
Boost Clock1725 MHzvs1216 MHz
ArchitectureAmpere GA102Maxwell GM204-400-A1 (x2)
OC Potential - vs Fair
Driver Support - vs Great
Release Date24 Sep 2020vs19 Sep 2014
GPU LinkGD LinkGD Link

Resolution Performance

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GPU Memory

Memory24576 MBvs8192 MB
Memory Speed1750 MHzvs1753 MHz
Memory Bus384 Bitvs512 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 Units10496vs4096
Actual Shader Performance100%vs100%
Texture Mapping Units320vs256
Texture Rate451.2 GTexel/svs288.3 GTexel/s
Render Output Units96vs128
Pixel Rate135.4 GPixel/svs144.1 GPixel/s

GPU Outputs

Max Digital Resolution (WxH)7680x4320vs4096x2160
VGA Connections0vs0
DVI Connections0vs1
HDMI Connections2vs1
DisplayPort Connections3vs-

GPU Power Requirements

Max Power350 Wattsvs350 Watts
Recommended PSU750 Wattsvs750 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 RAM16 GBvs16 GB
Maximum Recommended Gaming Resolution3840x2160vs5760x1080

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

GPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewOverview The GeForce RTX 3090 Asus TUF Gaming 24GB is the top RTX 30 Series graphics card and considered an Enthusiast graphics card based on the Ampere architecture. Architecture The Ampere architecture represents a process shrink down to 7nm compared to 12nm Turing. The Ampere architecture provides the world's next consumer support for real-time ray-tracing technology, or RTX. GPU It equips a GPU Codenamed Ampere GA102 which has 5120 Shader Processing Units, 320 TMUs, and 96 ROPs. The central unit runs at 1520MHz and goes up to 2153MHz in Boost mode. It also has 610 Tensor Cores for AI purposes and 72 RT Cores for real-time ray-tracing. Memory The GPU accesses a 24GB frame buffer of second-gen GDDR6X memory through a 384-bit memory interface, while the Memory clock operates at 1750MHz, or 14GHz effective. Power Consumption With a rated board TDP of 350W, it requires at least a 650W PSU with two 8-pin power connectors. System Suggestions The GeForce RTX 3090 Asus TUF Gaming 24GB is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840x2160. We recommend a top-End 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.

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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