AMD Radeon RX 480
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
RX 480 GTX 980 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 480 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Price $ 237.0 $ 480.0 243 (103%)
Year 2016 2014 2 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature C 81C
Max Fan Noise dB 48.1dB
Recommended Power Supply 500W 515W 15 (3%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-6700K @ 4.00GHz ($334.99) Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz ($284.99)
CPU Impact on FPS +0.0 FPS +0.0 FPS 0 (0%)
CPU Impact on FPS % 0.0% 0.0% 0 (0%)
Benchmark Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings Ultra Quality Settings
Average 1080p Performance 61.5 FPS 76.7 FPS 15.2 (25%)
Average 1440p Performance 46.0 FPS 55.4 FPS 9.4 (20%)
Average 4K Performance 28.6 FPS 32.9 FPS 4.3 (15%)
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 (50%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 6.5 $ 7.2 0.7 (11%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 8.7 $ 9.9 1.2 (14%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 14.0 $ 16.7 2.7 (19%)
Overall Combination Score 81/100 68/100 13 (16%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 480 to GTX 980 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 .

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AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
63.0
72.0
2019 Anthem
40.6
46.4
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
59.5
68.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
75.8
85.8
2019 Metro Exodus
33.7
38.2
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
84.0
62.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
33.0
35.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
57.0
61.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
54.0
52.0
2018 Just Cause 4
48.7
52.9
2018 Monster Hunter: World
52.5
57.0
2018 Battlefield V
65.0
73.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
47.0
51.0
2017 Destiny 2
91.0
98.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
67.5
73.3
2017 For Honor
90.0
97.7
2017 Project CARS 2
63.7
69.2
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
77.2
83.8
2016 Dishonored 2
46.5
50.5
2015 Rocket League
262.5
284.9
2015 Need For Speed
72.7
79.0
2015 Project CARS
69.7
75.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
180.0
195.4
2009 League of Legends
337.5
366.3

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AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
46.9
53.6
2019 Anthem
32.2
36.8
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
46.2
52.8
2019 Resident Evil 2
51.0
57.8
2019 Metro Exodus
26.2
29.8
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
53.0
35.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
26.0
28.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
40.0
43.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
35.0
34.0
2018 Fallout 76
63.0
67.0
2018 Just Cause 4
36.0
39.1
2018 Monster Hunter: World
36.7
39.9
2018 Battlefield V
46.0
56.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
31.0
41.0
2017 Destiny 2
78.0
84.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
48.7
52.9
2017 For Honor
52.5
57.0
2017 Project CARS 2
45.0
48.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
69.7
75.7
2016 Dishonored 2
39.7
43.1
2015 Rocket League
112.5
122.1
2015 Need For Speed
56.2
61.1
2015 Project CARS
53.3
57.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
150.0
162.8
2009 League of Legends
187.5
203.5

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AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
28.0
32.0
2019 Anthem
17.5
20.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
24.5
28.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
25.1
28.5
2019 Metro Exodus
16.5
18.7
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
30.0
32.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
18.0
20.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
24.0
26.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
19.0
18.0
2018 Fallout 76
35.0
37.0
2018 Just Cause 4
18.8
20.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
17.6
19.1
2018 Battlefield V
29.0
29.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
24.0
23.0
2017 Destiny 2
39.0
42.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
33.7
36.6
2017 For Honor
26.2
28.5
2017 Project CARS 2
37.5
40.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
58.5
63.5
2016 Dishonored 2
31.5
34.2
2015 Rocket League
52.5
57.0
2015 Need For Speed
37.5
40.7
2015 Project CARS
37.5
40.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
135.0
146.5
2009 League of Legends
75.0
81.4

AMD Radeon RX 480 / i7-6700K

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 980 / i7-4770K

At 1440p, GTX 980 can hit 50-60 fps on pretty much everything at ultra, just without antialiasing, less ambient occlusion and turned down shadows. This combination between GTX 980 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 980 and Intel Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz is a perfect match to avoid FPS loss. With current 4096 MB RAM, the GTX 980 can have very few memory-related bottlenecks in more modern games.

RX 480 vs GTX 980 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 480 GTX 980
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 W165 W

Clock Speeds

RX 480 GTX 980
Boost Clock1266 MHz1216 MHz
GPU Clock1120 MHz1127 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 480 GTX 980
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationArctic Islands (RX 400)GeForce 900
Launch Price229 USD549 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateJun 29th, 2016Sep 19th, 2014

Graphics Features

RX 480 GTX 980
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 980
ArchitectureGCN 4.0Maxwell 2.0
Die Size244 mm²398 mm²
GPU NameEllesmereGM204
GPU VariantPolaris 10 XT (215-0876184)GM204-400-A1
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million5,200 million

Memory

RX 480 GTX 980
Bandwidth256.0 GB/s224.4 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit256 bit
Memory Size8192 MB4096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 480 GTX 980
ROPs3264
Shading Units23042048
TMUs144128

Theoretical Performance

RX 480 GTX 980
FP32 (float) performance5,834 GFLOPS4,981 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance364.6 GFLOPS (1:16)155.6 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate40.51 GPixel/s77.82 GPixel/s
Texture Rate182.3 GTexel/s155.6 GTexel/s

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