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 $ 399.0 $ 249.0 150 (38%)
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 65.4 FPS 77.8 FPS 12.4 (19%)
Average 1440p Performance 48.2 FPS 56.0 FPS 7.8 (16%)
Average 4K Performance 29.3 FPS 33.1 FPS 3.8 (13%)
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 (50%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 6.1 $ 7.1 1 (16%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 8.3 $ 9.8 1.5 (18%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 13.7 $ 16.6 2.9 (21%)
Overall Combination Score 76/100 78/100 2 (3%)
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 GTX 980 .

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AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
56
63.0
64
72.0
2019 Anthem
36
40.6
41
46.4
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
53
59.5
61
68.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
68
75.8
77
85.8
2019 Metro Exodus
30
33.7
34
38.2
2019 World War Z
76
85.0
65
73.0
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
75
84.0
55
62.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
29
33.0
31
35.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
51
57.0
54
61.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
48
54.0
46
52.0
2018 Just Cause 4
43
48.7
47
52.9
2018 Monster Hunter: World
47
52.5
51
57.0
2018 Battlefield V
58
65.0
65
73.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
42
47.0
45
51.0
2017 Destiny 2
81
91.0
88
98.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
60
67.5
65
73.3
2017 For Honor
81
90.0
87
97.7
2017 Project CARS 2
57
63.7
62
69.2
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
69
77.2
75
83.8
2016 Dishonored 2
41
46.5
45
50.5
2015 Rocket League
236
262.5
256
284.9
2015 Need For Speed
65
72.7
71
79.0
2015 Project CARS
62
69.7
68
75.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
114
127.5
130
144.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
162
180.0
175
195.4
2009 League of Legends
303
337.5
329
366.3

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AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
37
46.9
42
53.6
2019 Anthem
25
32.2
29
36.8
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
36
46.2
42
52.8
2019 Resident Evil 2
40
51.0
46
57.8
2019 Metro Exodus
20
26.2
23
29.8
2019 World War Z
49
62.0
42
53.3
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
42
53.0
28
35.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
20
26.0
22
28.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
32
40.0
34
43.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
28
35.0
27
34.0
2018 Fallout 76
50
63.0
53
67.0
2018 Just Cause 4
28
36.0
31
39.1
2018 Monster Hunter: World
29
36.7
31
39.9
2018 Battlefield V
36
46.0
44
56.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
24
31.0
32
41.0
2017 Destiny 2
62
78.0
67
84.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
38
48.7
42
52.9
2017 For Honor
42
52.5
45
57.0
2017 Project CARS 2
36
45.0
39
48.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
55
69.7
60
75.7
2016 Dishonored 2
31
39.7
34
43.1
2015 Rocket League
90
112.5
97
122.1
2015 Need For Speed
44
56.2
48
61.1
2015 Project CARS
42
53.3
46
57.8
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
66
82.5
74
93.5
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
120
150.0
130
162.8
2009 League of Legends
150
187.5
162
203.5

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AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
19
28.0
22
32.0
2019 Anthem
12
17.5
14
20.0
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
17
24.5
19
28.0
2019 Resident Evil 2
17
25.1
19
28.5
2019 Metro Exodus
11
16.5
13
18.7
2019 World War Z
24
35.7
21
30.7
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
21
30.0
22
32.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
12
18.0
14
20.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
16
24.0
18
26.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
13
19.0
12
18.0
2018 Fallout 76
24
35.0
25
37.0
2018 Just Cause 4
13
18.8
14
20.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
12
17.6
13
19.1
2018 Battlefield V
20
29.0
20
29.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
16
24.0
16
23.0
2017 Destiny 2
27
39.0
29
42.0
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
23
33.7
25
36.6
2017 For Honor
18
26.2
19
28.5
2017 Project CARS 2
26
37.5
28
40.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
40
58.5
44
63.5
2016 Dishonored 2
22
31.5
23
34.2
2015 Rocket League
36
52.5
39
57.0
2015 Need For Speed
26
37.5
28
40.7
2015 Project CARS
26
37.5
28
40.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
26
38.2
30
43.3
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
94
135.0
102
146.5
2009 League of Legends
52
75.0
56
81.4
RX 480 vs GTX 980 with i7-6700K vs i7-4770K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings
RX 480 vs GTX 980 with i7-6700K vs i7-4770K at 1440p and ultra vs ultra settings
RX 480 vs GTX 980 with i7-6700K vs i7-4770K at 4K and ultra vs ultra settings

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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