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 $ 265 $ 549 284 (107%)
Year 2016 2014 2 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature C 81C
Max Fan Noise dB 48dB
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 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 78 FPS 14.4 (23%)
Average 1440p Performance 48 FPS 56 FPS 8.6 (18%)
Average 4K Performance 30 FPS 34 FPS 3.3 (11%)
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 (50%)
Overall Combination Score 76/100 68/100 8 (11%)
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
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
84
62
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
33
35
2018 Final Fantasy XV
57
61
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
54
52
2018 Just Cause 4
49
53
2018 Monster Hunter: World
53
57
2018 Battlefield V
65
73
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
47
51
2017 Destiny 2
91
98
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
68
73
2017 For Honor
90
98
2017 Project CARS 2
64
69
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
77
84
2016 Dishonored 2
47
51
2015 Rocket League
263
285
2015 Need For Speed
73
79
2015 Project CARS
70
76
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
180
195
2009 League of Legends
338
366

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AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
53
35
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
26
28
2018 Final Fantasy XV
40
43
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
35
34
2018 Fallout 76
63
67
2018 Just Cause 4
36
39
2018 Monster Hunter: World
37
40
2018 Battlefield V
46
56
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
31
41
2017 Destiny 2
78
84
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
49
53
2017 For Honor
53
57
2017 Project CARS 2
45
49
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
70
76
2016 Dishonored 2
40
43
2015 Rocket League
113
122
2015 Need For Speed
56
61
2015 Project CARS
53
58
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
150
163
2009 League of Legends
188
204

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AMD Radeon RX 480
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
30
32
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
18
20
2018 Final Fantasy XV
24
26
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
19
18
2018 Fallout 76
35
37
2018 Just Cause 4
19
20
2018 Monster Hunter: World
18
19
2018 Battlefield V
29
29
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
24
23
2017 Destiny 2
39
42
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
34
37
2017 For Honor
26
29
2017 Project CARS 2
38
41
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
59
64
2016 Dishonored 2
32
34
2015 Rocket League
53
57
2015 Need For Speed
38
41
2015 Project CARS
38
41
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
135
147
2009 League of Legends
75
81

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 980 / Core i7-4770K @ 3.50GHz

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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