AMD Radeon RX 580
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
RX 580 GTX 980 Difference
AMD Radeon RX 580 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Price $ 151.0 $ 249.0 98 (65%)
Year 2017 2014 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 81C 6 (8%)
Max Fan Noise 45.7dB 48.1dB 2.4 (5%)
Recommended Power Supply 535W 515W 20 (4%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-7700K @ 4.20GHz ($354.99) 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 74.3 FPS 75.9 FPS 1.6 (2%)
Average 1440p Performance 52.7 FPS 54.6 FPS 1.9 (4%)
(Ultrawide) Average 1440p Performance 44.2 FPS 46.4 FPS 2.2 (5%)
Average 4K Performance 30.0 FPS 32.2 FPS 2.2 (7%)
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 (50%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 3.1 $ 7.2 4.1 (132%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 4.4 $ 10.1 5.7 (130%)
(Ultrawide) 1440p Cost Per Frame $ 5.2 $ 11.8 6.6 (127%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 7.6 $ 17.1 9.5 (125%)
Variant AMD Radeon RX 580 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Overall Combination Score 80/100 75/100 5 (6%)
Our Verdict: Upgrading from RX 580 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 580 .

AMD Radeon RX 580

AMD ’s xx80 cards have always been defined by mid-range prices with performance that knocks on the door of high-end graphics cards – especially when overclocked. After taking the time to fully test the GCN 4.0 graphics card inside the RX 580, we can say without a doubt that it continues the trend. The RX 580 is much more cheaper than the RX 480 as it costs $ 229. Compare this to the RX 480, which came originally at a price of $ 400. Meanwhile, the NVIDIA closest equivalent card is the GTX 1060 6GB which costs $ 254.

Unfortunately, gaming performance was not quite as impressive. Even if the RX 580 consistently delivers frame rate increases over the RX 480, the gain is not much to justify an upgrade. For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play Final Fantasy XV, Apex Legends, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, F1 2019, Forza Horizon 4 at 62 fps to 68 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 65 fps.

For 1440p Quad HD, we were able to play Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Fallout 76, World War Z, Battlefield V at 64 fps to 70 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 66 fps.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

The good news is, with the release of the GTX 980 Ti, the GTX 980 's price is getting more discount. The GTX 980 is much more cheaper than the GTX 780 as it costs $ 549. Compare this to the GTX 780, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti, which came originally at a price of $ 649, $ 699. Meanwhile, the AMD closest equivalent card is the R9 Nano which costs $ 649.

The GTX 980 has 4 GB RAM compared to the GTX 780 's 3 GB video memory. Unfortunately, gaming performance was not quite as impressive. Even if the GTX 980 consistently delivers frame rate increases over the GTX 780, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti, the gain is not much to justify an upgrade.

Whether it is a justifiable upgrade depends on what graphics card you are upgrading from. Users with a GTX 780, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti will not see a remarkable increase in frame rates after paying more for this GTX 980. Similarly, those holding onto R9 Nano 's R9 390 graphics cards will not have a reason to jump teams yet. For 1080p Full HD, we were able to play Final Fantasy XV, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, GreedFall, Hitman 2, Far Cry New Dawn at 61 fps to 68 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 64 fps.

For 1440p Quad HD, we were able to play Call of Duty Modern Warfare, Forza Horizon 4, Strange Brigade, Fallout 76 at 61 fps to 67 fps and kept frame rates hovering around 63 fps.

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AMD Radeon RX 580
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
72
80.5
77
85.8
2019 Metro Exodus
32
35.9
34
38.2
2019 World War Z
81
91.0
65
73.0
2019 Gears of War 5
46
52.2
50
55.7
2019 F1 2019
58
65.5
62
69.9
2019 GreedFall
53
59.0
56
62.9
2019 Borderlands 3
37
41.4
39
44.2
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
71
79.7
76
85.0
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
27
30.7
29
32.7
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
43
48.2
46
51.4
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
91
101.2
55
62.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
35
39.3
31
35.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
55
61.6
54
61.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
58
64.9
46
52.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
61
68.2
65
73.0
2018 Fallout 76
82
91.3
75
84.0
2018 Hitman 2
64
71.5
59
66.0
2018 Just Cause 4
46
51.8
47
52.9
2018 Monster Hunter: World
50
55.8
51
57.0
2018 Strange Brigade
75
84.1
80
89.7
2018 Battlefield V
84
93.5
65
73.0
2017 Dawn of War III
89
99.3
70
78.6
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
58
64.8
54
60.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
51
57.2
45
51.0
2017 Destiny 2
89
99.0
88
98.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
45
50.6
52
58.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
61
68.5
66
73.5
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
64
71.7
65
73.3
2017 For Honor
86
95.6
87
97.7
2017 Project CARS 2
60
67.7
62
69.2
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
73
82.1
75
83.8
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
58
64.7
40
45.0
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
60
67.1
42
47.4
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
49
55.4
46
52.0
2016 Doom
120
134.3
99
110.2
2016 F1 2016
81
90.2
70
78.7
2016 Hitman
85
94.8
57
64.2
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
83
92.6
74
82.8
2016 The Division
65
72.9
63
71.1
2016 Total War: Warhammer
69
76.9
66
73.8
2016 Battlefield 1
99
111.1
81
90.6
2016 Overwatch
95
106.3
102
114.1
2016 Dishonored 2
44
49.4
45
50.5
2015 DiRT Rally
98
109.8
93
103.9
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
54
60.0
59
65.7
2015 The Witcher 3
71
79.5
55
61.8
2015 Rocket League
251
279.0
256
284.9
2015 Need For Speed
69
77.3
71
79.0
2015 Project CARS
66
74.1
68
75.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
121
135.5
130
144.5
2013 Crysis 3
81
90.2
64
71.4
2013 Battlefield 4
72
81.1
84
94.4
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
172
191.3
175
195.4
2009 League of Legends
322
358.6
329
366.3

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AMD Radeon RX 580
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
43
54.2
46
57.8
2019 Metro Exodus
22
27.9
23
29.8
2019 World War Z
53
66.4
42
53.3
2019 Gears of War 5
30
37.9
32
40.4
2019 F1 2019
37
46.4
39
49.5
2019 GreedFall
34
42.6
36
45.5
2019 Borderlands 3
23
29.1
24
31.0
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
45
57.4
48
61.2
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
20
25.1
21
26.8
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
30
37.9
32
40.4
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
51
63.8
28
35.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
26
33.0
22
28.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
35
44.0
34
43.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
33
41.8
27
34.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
45
57.2
49
62.0
2018 Fallout 76
51
63.8
53
67.0
2018 Hitman 2
36
46.2
34
43.0
2018 Just Cause 4
30
38.3
31
39.1
2018 Monster Hunter: World
31
39.1
31
39.9
2018 Strange Brigade
46
58.6
50
62.5
2018 Battlefield V
56
70.4
44
56.0
2017 Dawn of War III
50
62.7
41
52.2
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
38
48.1
35
44.1
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
32
40.7
32
41.0
2017 Destiny 2
67
84.7
67
84.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
30
38.5
36
45.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
35
44.7
38
47.6
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
41
51.8
42
52.9
2017 For Honor
44
55.8
45
57.0
2017 Project CARS 2
38
47.8
39
48.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
59
74.1
60
75.7
2016 Ashes of the Singularity
39
49.5
30
38.5
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
34
42.9
26
32.5
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
40
51.0
34
43.0
2016 Doom
74
93.5
58
73.6
2016 F1 2016
56
70.5
54
67.5
2016 Hitman
54
67.5
37
47.2
2016 Rise of the Tomb Raider
44
56.1
44
56.1
2016 The Division
40
50.2
43
53.8
2016 Total War: Warhammer
50
62.7
41
52.4
2016 Battlefield 1
56
70.3
53
66.9
2016 Overwatch
58
73.2
62
78.4
2016 Dishonored 2
33
42.2
34
43.1
2015 DiRT Rally
61
76.6
57
71.4
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
33
41.8
35
44.3
2015 The Witcher 3
35
44.8
36
45.6
2015 Rocket League
95
119.5
97
122.1
2015 Need For Speed
47
59.8
48
61.1
2015 Project CARS
45
56.6
46
57.8
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
70
87.7
74
93.5
2013 Crysis 3
33
41.9
35
44.3
2013 Battlefield 4
42
52.8
48
60.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
127
159.4
130
162.8
2009 League of Legends
159
199.3
162
203.5

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AMD Radeon RX 580
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2019 Apex Legends
30
40.1
34
45.8
2019 Anthem
20
26.6
23
30.4
2019 Far Cry New Dawn
28
37.8
32
43.2
2019 Resident Evil 2
32
43.3
35
46.2
2019 Metro Exodus
18
24.3
19
25.9
2019 World War Z
42
56.0
34
44.9
2019 Gears of War 5
25
33.1
26
35.3
2019 F1 2019
30
40.6
32
43.3
2019 GreedFall
24
32.2
26
34.3
2019 Borderlands 3
17
23.6
19
25.2
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
37
49.1
39
52.3
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
16
21.9
17
23.4
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
25
33.1
26
35.3
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
38
51.2
27
35.8
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
21
28.2
19
25.7
2018 Final Fantasy XV
28
37.7
28
36.9
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
26
34.7
21
27.8
2018 Forza Horizon 4
38
51.2
41
55.1
2018 Fallout 76
40
53.0
42
55.6
2018 Hitman 2
29
39.4
27
36.4
2018 Just Cause 4
23
31.1
24
31.8
2018 Monster Hunter: World
23
30.9
24
31.6
2018 Strange Brigade
36
48.4
39
51.6
2018 Battlefield V
43
57.7
34
45.5
2017 Dawn of War III
38
50.1
32
42.4
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
30
40.3
28
37.2
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
27
35.9
25
34.2
2017 Destiny 2
51
67.7
51
67.4
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
24
32.4
28
37.5
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
27
36.7
29
39.3
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
35
46.9
36
47.9
2017 For Honor
34
44.8
34
45.7
2017 Project CARS 2
35
46.9
36
47.9
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
55
72.9
56
74.5
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
25
33.0
20
26.4
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
35
46.7
31
41.2
2016 Doom
56
74.7
45
60.0
2016 F1 2016
45
59.7
42
56.5
2016 Total War: Warhammer
37
48.8
32
43.4
2016 Battlefield 1
43
57.8
41
55.0
2016 Overwatch
45
59.3
48
63.7
2016 Dishonored 2
30
40.5
31
41.4
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
25
33.0
32
43.2
2015 Rocket League
71
93.8
72
95.8
2015 Need For Speed
40
53.3
41
54.5
2015 Project CARS
39
51.6
40
52.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
52
68.6
55
73.2
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
123
162.0
125
165.5
2009 League of Legends
113
149.2
115
152.4

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AMD Radeon RX 580
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
18
26.7
19
28.5
2019 Metro Exodus
12
17.5
13
18.7
2019 World War Z
26
38.2
21
30.7
2019 Gears of War 5
16
23.9
17
25.5
2019 F1 2019
20
29.5
21
31.4
2019 GreedFall
12
17.5
13
18.7
2019 Borderlands 3
10
15.1
11
16.1
2019 Call of Duty Modern Warfare
24
34.3
25
36.5
2019 Red Dead Redemption 2
11
15.9
11
17.0
2019 Need For Speed: Heat
16
23.9
17
25.5
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
22
31.9
22
32.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
13
19.8
14
20.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
18
26.4
18
26.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
16
23.1
12
18.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
26
38.5
28
41.0
2018 Fallout 76
24
35.2
25
37.0
2018 Hitman 2
19
27.5
17
25.0
2018 Just Cause 4
13
19.9
14
20.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
13
18.7
13
19.1
2018 Strange Brigade
22
31.9
23
34.0
2018 Battlefield V
26
37.4
20
29.0
2017 Dawn of War III
21
31.0
18
27.0
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
19
27.2
17
25.4
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
18
26.4
16
23.0
2017 Destiny 2
29
41.8
29
42.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
15
22.0
17
25.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
16
23.9
18
25.9
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
25
35.9
25
36.6
2017 For Honor
19
27.9
19
28.5
2017 Project CARS 2
27
39.8
28
40.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
43
62.2
44
63.5
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
13
18.7
11
16.8
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
25
36.3
23
34.0
2016 Doom
32
46.1
27
38.6
2016 F1 2016
28
41.1
26
38.2
2016 Total War: Warhammer
20
28.6
20
28.8
2016 Battlefield 1
26
37.8
25
35.9
2016 Overwatch
26
37.7
28
40.6
2016 Dishonored 2
23
33.5
23
34.2
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
13
19.8
25
36.5
2015 Rocket League
39
55.8
39
57.0
2015 Need For Speed
27
39.8
28
40.7
2015 Project CARS
27
39.8
28
40.7
2015 Rainbow Six Siege
28
40.6
30
43.3
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
100
143.5
102
146.5
2009 League of Legends
55
79.7
56
81.4
RX 580 vs GTX 980 with i7-7700K vs i7-4770K at 1080p and ultra vs ultra settings

AMD Radeon RX 580 / i7-7700K

At 1440p, RX 580 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 580 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. The price/performance ratio is excellent for RX 580 against the competition in budget mid-range cards. In terms of memory, the RX 580 '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 580 vs GTX 980 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX 580 GTX 980
Board NumberC940, D009-04PG401
Length9.5 inches 241 mm10.5 inches 267 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors1x 8-pin2x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP185 W165 W

Clock Speeds

RX 580 GTX 980
Boost Clock1340 MHz1216 MHz
GPU Clock1257 MHz1127 MHz
Memory Clock2000 MHz 8000 MHz effective1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX 580 GTX 980
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationPolaris (RX 500)GeForce 900
Launch Price229 USD549 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateApr 18th, 2017Sep 19th, 2014

Graphics Features

RX 580 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 580 GTX 980
ArchitectureGCN 4.0Maxwell 2.0
Die Size244 mm²398 mm²
GPU NamePolaris 20GM204
GPU VariantPolaris 20 XTX (215-0910038)GM204-400-A1
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors5,700 million5,200 million

Memory

RX 580 GTX 980
Bandwidth256.0 GB/s224.4 GB/s
Memory Bus256 bit256 bit
Memory Size8192 MB4096 MB
Memory TypeGDDR5GDDR5

Render Config

RX 580 GTX 980
ROPs3264
Shading Units23042048
TMUs144128

Theoretical Performance

RX 580 GTX 980
FP32 (float) performance6,175 GFLOPS4,981 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance385.9 GFLOPS (1:16)155.6 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate42.88 GPixel/s77.82 GPixel/s
Texture Rate193.0 GTexel/s155.6 GTexel/s

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effectivetelling 1 year ago
i can get them both, the 980 is cheaper (about 25$) but it has no warrantly, next to the 580 rx that is few months old and has warrntly.. which should i get?
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uncheckedseasoned 1 year ago
In DX 12 Radeons are generally better then NVidia cards, that's known fact. In DX 11 games, it would be 980 that's better, but like I wrote before, only slightly. Either way, both cards are good, so it's win-win situation. If warranty is important factor for you, then indeed going for 580 might sound better.
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swooshjackberry 1 year ago
Hello ! I have rx 480 and its broke . Soo I nees buy new card. I play games on FullHD . I like play on max setting (high or better ) on 60fps (or better) . I like to play like 2-3 year games and then buy new one .I buy r9 280 3 years ago and it was great for me . I want that from new card. Price go like this : Gtx1060 6gb < fxf rx 580 8gb = gainward gtx980 < G1 gtx980ti385$ <395$ =395$ (maybe i get 980 cheaper ) <485$ for 980tiThat all new card except 980ti but it has garanty .
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tamarinpersevere 1 year ago
How did it break? Are you RMA'ing?I'm not understanding what you're trying to spell out price-wise though.The 980TI is the strongest card there, at the expense of power draw etc. It competes more closely with a 1070 than it does with a 1060. 980TI>1060/980>580 performance.The 1060 is likely going to reflect the best "bang for your buck" though - but if a 980TI can be had for similar to 1060 money, then that would be my choice.I assume the pricing for a 580 makes it a non-starter, given crypto mining makes it much more expensiv.e
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