AMD Radeon RX 480
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970

AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
RX 480 GTX 970 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 480 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Price $ 265 $ 420 155 (58%)
Year 2016 2014 2 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature C 64C
Max Fan Noise dB 48dB
Recommended Power Supply 500W 498W 2 (0%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0 FPS +0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0% 0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 64 FPS 67 FPS 3.7 (6%)
Average 1440p Performance 48 FPS 48 FPS 0 (0%)
Average 4K Performance 30 FPS 31 FPS 0.4 (1%)
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 (50%)
Overall Combination Score 76/100 66/100 10 (13%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 480 to GTX 970 is not recommended as it is less than 30% of improvement in performance. In general, a reasonable upgrade is between 30% and 50% or more to justify the purchase of new hardware. The price/performance ratio is much better for RX 480 .

Game Performance at selected quality settings

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AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
84
52
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
33
27
2018 Final Fantasy XV
57
57
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
54
44
2018 Just Cause 4
49
46
2018 Monster Hunter: World
53
50
2018 Battlefield V
65
61
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
47
41
2017 Destiny 2
91
91
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
68
64
2017 For Honor
90
86
2017 Project CARS 2
64
61
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
77
74
2016 Dishonored 2
47
44
2015 Rocket League
263
250
2015 Need For Speed
73
69
2015 Project CARS
70
66
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
180
171
2009 League of Legends
338
321

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AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
53
29
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
26
26
2018 Final Fantasy XV
40
40
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
35
29
2018 Fallout 76
63
40
2018 Just Cause 4
36
34
2018 Monster Hunter: World
37
35
2018 Battlefield V
46
48
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
31
27
2017 Destiny 2
78
78
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
49
46
2017 For Honor
53
50
2017 Project CARS 2
45
43
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
70
66
2016 Dishonored 2
40
38
2015 Rocket League
113
107
2015 Need For Speed
56
54
2015 Project CARS
53
51
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
150
143
2009 League of Legends
188
179

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AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
30
30
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
18
18
2018 Final Fantasy XV
24
24
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
19
15
2018 Fallout 76
35
22
2018 Just Cause 4
19
18
2018 Monster Hunter: World
18
17
2018 Battlefield V
29
25
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
24
15
2017 Destiny 2
39
39
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
34
32
2017 For Honor
26
25
2017 Project CARS 2
38
36
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
59
56
2016 Dishonored 2
32
30
2015 Rocket League
53
50
2015 Need For Speed
38
36
2015 Project CARS
38
36
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
135
129
2009 League of Legends
75
71

AMD Radeon RX 480 / Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz

At 1440p, RX 480 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the RX 480 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. In terms of memory, the RX 480 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz

At 1440p, GTX 970 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. It is clear that the GTX 970 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. With regards to max load temperature, the GTX 970 's cooling is excellent at keeping it cool and under control. This combination between GTX 970 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz has less than 8% bottleneck in many games and is perfect match to avoid FPS loss. This combination between GTX 970 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the GTX 970 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

RX 480 vs GTX 970 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 480 GTX 970
Board NumberC940, D009-01PG401
Length9.5 inches 241 mm10.5 inches 267 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 6-pin2x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP150 W148 W

Clock Speeds

RX 480 GTX 970
Boost Clock1266 MHz1178 MHz
GPU Clock1120 MHz1050 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 480 GTX 970
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)GeForce 900
Launch Price229 USD329 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateJun 29th, 2016Sep 19th, 2014

Graphics Features

RX 480 GTX 970
DirectX12.0 (12_0)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL21.2
OpenGL4.54.6
Shader Model66.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX 480 GTX 970
ArchitectureGCN 4.0Maxwell 2.0
Die Size244 mm²398 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereGM204
GPU VariantPolaris 10 XT (215-0876184)GM204-200-A1
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million5,200 million

Memory

RX 480 GTX 970
Bandwidth256.0 GB/s224.4 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit256 bit
Memory Size8192 MB4096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 480 GTX 970
ROPs3256
Shading Units23041664
TMUs144104

Theoretical Performance

RX 480 GTX 970
FP32 (float) performance5,834 GFLOPS3,920 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance364.6 GFLOPS (1:16)122.5 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate40.51 GPixel/s65.97 GPixel/s
Texture Rate182.3 GTexel/s122.5 GTexel/s

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effortcreamy 3 weeks ago
RX 480 or R9 390X or GTX 970. Now that the official benchmarks are out RX 480
which one i should get?
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guapocolumn 3 weeks ago
390x will perform the best, but I'd hold off for about a week to allow that market to settle.
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sheepmashing 3 weeks ago
some reviews i see rx 480 is better and in some other i see gtx 970 is better

so what do u say? thanks:)
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peshawarkiss 3 weeks ago
Ashes and Hitman are both AMD-optimised games, so they have an immediate advantage. If you look at the broader picture, an RX 480 doesn't come close to a GTX 1070.

AMD have done well with the RX 480, but I felt they could have done more. Once the GTX 1060 launches, supposedly next month, AMD will have a tough fight on their hands.
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seventeeninternet 3 weeks ago
The gigabyte GTX 970 went on sale for 0 here in Canada. Is that a steal or should I wait for the RX 480 to get in stock?
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astonishedtanning 3 weeks ago
I haven't seen one. I see 12 RX 480s and everyone of them has the reference design. Take a peek, every one of them has the exact same cooler, only thing that differentiates the cards is the sticker on the fan.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&IsNodeId=1&N=100007709%20601203818&Tpk=rx%20480&ignorear=1

here's what some of the new cards look like ,, as to when, who knows

http://videocardz.com/61897/amd-radeon-rx-400-news-polaris-bios-editor-sapphire-rx-400-series
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teddymetal 4 weeks ago
I could get an RX 480 for 200-9.99 or get a GTX 970 I found locally for 0 (reference PNY blower). Or I wait for GTX 1060. I have GTX 960 2gb right now and ITS SHIT>_>
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peshawarkiss 4 weeks ago


if you cant wait > gtx 970

the reference rx 480 can kill motherboards because it violates the pcie slot voltage limits and its cooler is terrible


I suggest you wait for the 1060 though

could help lower prices even further
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packagerooted 4 weeks ago
Hi, guys! I need your help to choose a gpu I got two options gtx970 and rx480.. Which one should I go with considering that I will overclock. Is there any better choice?
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casuallythinning 4 weeks ago
Most of the hardware specs cannot be compared between AMD or Nvidia or even different ranges from the same company as it doesn't take into account other factors. The best way to compare gpu's is reading reviews and benchmarks.

The 480 is newer so most benchmarks and reviews of it should include comparisons to last generation cards including the 970. Look out for benchmarks of both DX11 & D12 and focus in on real games and not synthetic tests.
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monsoonquirk 4 weeks ago
So I'm planning a build for a friend, I haven't kept up to date with the latest releases. In your unbiased opinion, what would you recommend, the 480 or 970?
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midnightweird 4 weeks ago
Well Microsoft for one is pushing DX12 (surprise!) and not just for the Xbox One, but in all their recent PC releases such as Forza 6 Apex, Quantum Break and Gears of War. That won't change. Don't know if it uses Async Compute though at all?

I recall DX11 uptake was slow at first, and the results were similar (a slight gain, no gain or worse performance) in many games had people asking questions at the time. I remember people wondering why DX9 and DX10 games were seemingly performing better when it was supposed to be the other way around. It takes time for Devs to master the new API.

In time DX11 will be dropped by virtually all Devs, in a year or two all games will be DX12 with a few in Vulkan as well. But there will probably still be the odd DX11 release even then. Look at the current situation: Rocket League in 2015 was DX9, when we though we'd seen the end of that API!

I think by the time DX12 becomes a big deal Nvidea will hope to have a new Architecture releasing, one that has full hardware support for Async Compute and belt and braces hardware support for DX12 generally. Until then they will hope to ride it out using raw power or 'brute force' as you say.

I'm hoping AMD can stay in the game long term, we need the competition as consumers or otherwise we'll continue to get overcharged by Nvidea and it'll only get worse.

I currently own a 980Ti and a 750Ti and have bought a pile of Nvidea cards in the past, starting with a Riva TNT2 M64..... but I have no loyalty to the name whatsoever.
I only buy their stuff If I think it's the best product available for my needs at the time, but I don't like their prices. Performance/$ they are generally not that great.
So I'm therefore very happy with my R9 380X, which performs great and overclocks well for the price I paid for it. But it was the first Radeon card I bought since they lost ATI out of the name.
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awokepogo 1 month ago
Im looking at two different computers and i'm very limited in price and I was wondering which computer would run demanding games like Ark Survival Evolved on High-Epic settings better.
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cloodcraniac 4 weeks ago
Both are sub-par configs, and generally prebuilts have a premium of several hundred dollars over buying the parts yourself. Admittedly I've been building PCs for a while, but I can assemble one in about 20 minutes and have Windows and drivers installed within an hour, so it seems a pretty good $/hour.

Ideally you'd get an i5 6xxx and GTX 1060. The FX is more than 4 years old and the GTX 970 is last generations mid-tier card.
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kosherfinnegan 1 month ago
Just wondering which graphics card is better rx 480 vs gtx 970 at stock and rx 480 vs gtx 970 overclocked compared heard a good gtx 970 can be overclocked to gtx 980 levels not sure about rx 480 which is better
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yieldpseudo 1 month ago
I'd rather a 480 over the 970. They are super close but the 480 edges out more games than 970 and the 480 draws less power. Here is some backup:
http://www.gamersnexus.net/hwreviews/2496-amd-rx-480-8gb-review-and-benchmark-vs-gtx-970-1070/page-6
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luggmagnitude 1 month ago
Title pretty much says it all.

I'm building a gaming PC that i want to do 1080p on all games on high graphics, and i have a budget of like 0 to spend on GPU, but id like to spend 0-0

Thanks
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favouritedisband 1 month ago
you already know the answer to this. wait for the 480 and see what it can do. should be a bunch better than a 970 and a lot cheaper. it's a no brainer. but you already knew that
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lichentwotinos 1 month ago
Just like the title says, which should I go for gaming for teh next couple years? Also, I've read that the price for the 1070 is gonna be 9, is that true? Because I've seen it for MUCH higher prices.
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bordermatcher 1 month ago


Every thing else is correct except this.
Stock in 1080p a 1070 is about 10% faster then a 980ti. At 1440p they are within 3%.
Until Modded firmware is released for the 1070 to increase voltage a Oced 980ti is faster then a OCed 1070.
Really comes down to price.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kgfe4QdhBbE
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shrinksurgeon 1 month ago
i am planning to buy MID-RANGE gaming PC.....i just want know that AMD RX 480 is better choice than GTX 970 and also plzzzz suggest if there is better graphic card than both of this in the same price range........................
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compeltindows 1 month ago
The 480X is a little better in Gaming over a 970 GTX, it also has much better support for DX12 and of course Vulcan which makes it more future proof for games that will support it. The down side is avoid the Stock cards, they run hot and use a 6 pin power connector which still could possible cause issues in heavy overclocking.
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bordermatcher 1 month ago
I was originally going to get the xfx rx 480 for £182 but it was discontinued, which one of these cards should i get there is the sapphire rx 470 oc 4gb and sapphire rx 480 4gb and then there is gtx 970, bear in mind that i dont want to get any card over £200
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shrinksurgeon 1 month ago
Look for benchmarks of the games YOU play.
The best card may well differ.
as to vram, I think it should be a non issue.
VRAM has become a marketing issue.
My understanding is that vram is more of a performance issue than a functional issue.
A game needs to have most of the data in vram that it uses most of the time.
Somewhat like real ram.
If a game needs something not in vram, it needs to get it across the pcie boundary
hopefully from real ram and hopefully not from a hard drive.
It is not informative to know to what level the available vram is filled.
Possibly much of what is there is not needed.
What is not known is the rate of vram exchange.
Vram is managed by the Graphics card driver, and by the game. There may be differences in effectiveness between amd and nvidia cards.
And differences between games.
Here is an older performance test comparing 2gb with 4gb vram.
http://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Video-Card-Performance-2GB-vs-4GB-Memory-154/
Spoiler... not a significant difference.
A more current set of tests shows the same results:
http://www.techspot.com/review/1114-vram-comparison-test/page5.html

And... no game maker wants to limit their market by
requiring huge amounts of vram. The vram you see will be appropriate to the particular card.
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stressvanquish 1 month ago
I'm in the market to get a new gpu. I currently have a gtx 970 in my rig and I'm a bit torn on what to get next. Both the RX 480 and GTX 1060 I'm looking at are both Asus Strix OC models. I enjoy playing games like DOOM(2016), Battlefield, CSGO, Dota, stuff like that. What do you guys think?
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astonishedtanning 1 month ago
Overall the 480 and 1060 are not a large upgrade for a 970 user.

In order of performance it should go 970 -> 480 -> 1060 -> 970 sli(as long as you have profiles for the games). In some games the order will change, but in general that is what you are looking at.

As mentioned above some DirectX 12 games will perform better on AMD cards so you have to decide how many of those you will be playing.
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shrinksurgeon 1 month ago
So its basicly a noob question and the title says it all. I have read previous posts but never gotten the answer i was looking for.

thx
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stararticle 1 month ago


gtx 1060 6gb > rx 480 > 1060 3gb > gtx 970
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stormletter 1 month ago
Hi guys, so, today I will sell my r9 380, and I don't know wich GPU get.
I saw that RX 480 has a better performance, but, the one that I can get is the Reference, and all over internet people are posting issues with that card.
The GTX 970 has a similar performance.

It will be safe buying the RX 480? Thank you guys !
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tosserstudio 1 month ago
I wouldn't even consider the 970. Not only is the 480 slightly stronger in todays games but it has far superior support for DX12 which will be more common in future games. Have you considered the 1060?
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charityanchor 1 month ago
So, I just bought a GTX 970 G1 Gaming and i havent even used it yet so its new. I didnt know about the rx 480 so i just bought the 970. Should I sell the 970 and buy the sapphire rx 480?? Or should i stick with the 970?? I live in brazil and the prices are basically the same so i wont need to pay any extra money. Any advice is appreciated..
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subduedicecream 1 month ago
The difference between AMD and Nvidia goes much deeper than performance and price. A swap to AMD means a switch to a different ecosystem, driver support, graphics options and software extras. In addition to things like PhysX, the GTX 970 just has more to offer in terms of graphics settings, support, and software.
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vocalistheels 1 month ago
Which one should I get? In my country, the Zotac Amp Extreme GTX 970 is currently USD cheaper than the reference RX 480. Should I get the GTX 970 instead then?

Also, the aftermarket for RX 480 will be more expensive than the referenced cards right? Will there be a big jump in performance which is worth getting instead of the GTX 970?
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wranglehyndburn 1 month ago
The aftermarket RX 480 will be the same price as the reference and brands like PowerColor will often go under the reference price. It's actually kind of ironic as last gen PowerColor did an excellent job on their cooling. The RX 480 is still in limited stock right now so you will likely see it drop in price as it becomes more available.

RX 480 is more future proof than the GTX 970. You can expect the RX 480 to be a bit faster right now but 2-3 years from now it will have a significant lead over the 970.
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FALSEfluid 1 month ago
I see gtx 970's starting to go for under £200 which i am guessing is a good price but i don't really know which one would be better for the future since dx 12 is coming out. Which should i buy or shall i wait for the gtx 1060. However, if it aint coming this summer i am not going to wait.-I'm not going to play a lot when i come back to school-
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neogenedealt 1 month ago
Hey guys need a advise
I'm getting a GTX 970 Phantom Edition in 175$ Used So should I buy it or wait 4 months and buy a RX 480 4GB or Rx 570 in 200$ BTW my specs are

I5 3570k
8GB RAM @1600Mhz
FSP600 - 80TBN 600W FSP PSU 80+ Bronze
Had a GTX 1050 Ti msi oc Sold in 175$
P8H67-M-LE Asus Mobo
1920x1200 Res

Thankx
( Sorry for bad english )
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subhelicopter 1 month ago
Almost on pair, rx scales better with higher resolution, but same story.
Pick cheapest.
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molecularsuffering 1 month ago
Hello

I have a hard time deciding between Rx 480 and the GTX 970 , If the original price of the Rx 480 is 229 $ , In India it is 416$ after all the taxes where as the GTX 970 is 350$ ! Do you think it is a good idea to prefer 970 now or wait more? Also are there any advantages if i prefer the RX 480 over 970 because most of the benchmarks i see are almost equal?
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inbreeding 1 month ago
You can also find some really good deals on OLX as of now, ppl are rushing to buy the 1070 and 1080 , almost new 970s selling for 20000 and 980s for 26000 under warranty. I would rather buy a second hard card , than pay exorbitant price for new tech with same performance.
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lyricsdata 1 month ago
Hello, guys!

I am building my first PC build and now I am up to choose my GPU. I have been looking for GTX 970 all the time, but then the RX 480 (feeling sketch about AMD, anyway ) came out. What GPU do you recommend for me? I will playing CS:GO, BF3/4.

Thanks!
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arguefoxpro 1 month ago
Thew GTX 1060 is rumored to cost between 0 and 0. Rumors say it will be faster than the RX 480, but it will cost more too. The 1060's will come with 3GB or 6GB of memory. The 3GB model will NOT support SLI. The 6GB model will do SLI.

I look at it this way. If you want something faster than the RX480, move on up to the GTX 1070. Its available at the list price of 9 in most places, and its almost as fast as the GTX 1080.

Then again, if you are wealthy, the new GTX Titan will be released next month for 9 and be 50% faster than the GTX 1080...
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sheepmashing 1 month ago
still haven't built my first pc, and i was wondering which of the following cards is best for me. I want to play games like ARK, subnautica, Dayz, verdun, bf1, rust, and more. Gonna use the i5 6600 with this build. Also should i water for a sale or something. Are there usually sales during Christmas time. I have no problem waiting till Christmas. Or maybe try to get some of the parts on black friday? but yea,the main question is in the title.
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cowsstar 1 month ago


The RX 480 certainly does not outperform a 1060. Only in heavily AMD optimised DX12 games and Vulkan supported games (there is 3 games I believe it does this in; Ashes of The Singularity in DX12, Hitman in DX12 and DOOM with Vulkan on)

1060 beats it in every other title. Plus it overclocks a hell of a lot better, with lower temps and lower power draw. Besides Nvidia has barely even released any DX12 driver updates. I'd rather a card that performs better on a majority of games then one on a small bunch of games.
But you are right about one thing, 1060 cannot SLI whereas the 480 can crossfire. AMD just needs to get all their drivers sorted out as a very tiny amount of games support it properly. And dont forget the extra power needed for crossfire and extra heat.
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servicesdicing 1 month ago
So the RX480 just released and i took a look at some benchmarks on Youtube and got pretty dissappointed, and didnt expect GTX 980 performance but i tought i woud beat the GTX 970. Here in Sweden the Sapphire RX 480 costs 340$ compared to GTX 970 which is priced at 318$ so im wondering. should i get a GTX 970 instead for a little bit cheaper? the RX custom cards will probably cost more (~350-370$). Maybe it will be improved with newer Drivers and custom cards beat a 970 and MAYBE an OCed will have a similar performance as a 980? thanks in advance.
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primppicalo 1 month ago

Wait for the custom RX 480 models and new drivers. If you don't want to, then get a 970. It's still a very good card, especially if you can find it for less than the cost of a 480.
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dextrousribbit 1 month ago
Hello, a very classic question after the new RX 480 is launched now, i was planning anyway to update my GTX 960 to the 970 after drop in prices for i'm looking for update in the 0 range, but now after the RX 480 released seems a very good option and a bit better than the 970, but wanted to know what you guys think.

Also if i'm going for the RX 480 will i need the 8 GB version for playing 1080 games and not planning to upgrade the for 1440 especially this range of cards seems better in the 1080!

My other specs: core i7-4790, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB SSD, 60W PSU
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condenseused 1 month ago
RX 480 all the way. Older Nvidia underperforms in DX12. This is architectural and has been fixed on teh latest gen. So, as DX12 games come out, the 480s advantage will increase.
Get the 8GB version if you want your card to last as games wil require more and more VRAM, even if 4gb is the sweetspot for 1080p today.
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memberssporty 1 month ago
Hey! I am planning to upgrade my GPU to the new Radeon RX 480, or a GTX 970. Original plan was to go for RX 480 once released, but the benchmarks disappointed me. I was wondering which of the two mentioned GPUs above is better for gaming / FPS in 1080p games. What are the pros and cons with an RX 480, and what are pros/cons with a 970?

If I buy an RX480 / GTX970, would I experience any bottlenecking? My current build is the following:

CPU: AMD FX-8350 Eight-Core
GPU: Radeon HD 7950
RAM: 2x Kingston KHX1600C10D3/8GX 8GB (16G total)
Motherboard: GA-990XA-UD3
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zebraaudio 1 month ago
7950 is still pretty strong. I would consider moving to Intel before a GPU upgrade
Anyways RX 480 is better for more resolution and VR, more VRAM and bandwidth, 8GB max. It's less optimized by games but raw rendering and detail is unmatched
970 is for raw power, but only has 3.5 GB VRAM. The raw performance is great, as of fps and more optimized. Though they are releasing the GTX 1060 soon.
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