AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

RX VEGA 56 GTX 980 Difference
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Price $ 349 $ 549 200 (45%)
Year 2017 2014 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 81C 6 (8%)
Max Fan Noise 55dB 48dB 7.1 (14%)
Recommended Power Supply 560W 515W 45 (8%)
Benchmark CPU Intel Core i7-7700K @ 4.20GHz ($354.99) 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 92 FPS 80 FPS 12.6 (15%)
Average 1440p Performance 70 FPS 57 FPS 12.6 (20%)
Average 4K Performance 39 FPS 33 FPS 6.2 (17%)
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 (67%)
Overall Combination Score 81/100 68/100 13 (17%)

Our Verdict: Upgrading from GTX 980 to RX VEGA 56 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 VEGA 56 .

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
53
35
2018 Battlefield V
116
73
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
122
62
2018 Fallout 76
96
84
2018 Final Fantasy XV
72
61
2018 Forza Horizon 4
84
73
2018 Hitman 2
75
66
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
81
52
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
54
51
2017 Dawn of War III
95
79
2017 Destiny 2
119
98
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
84
74
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
65
60
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
67
58
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
74
52
2016 Battlefield 1
126
91
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
73
47
2016 Doom
170
110
2016 F1 2016
100
79
2016 Overwatch
130
114
2016 Total War: Warhammer
92
74
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
79
66

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
34
28
2018 Battlefield V
86
56
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
77
35
2018 Fallout 76
82
67
2018 Final Fantasy XV
51
43
2018 Forza Horizon 4
71
62
2018 Hitman 2
49
43
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
54
34
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
49
41
2017 Dawn of War III
84
52
2017 Destiny 2
102
84
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
55
48
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
58
44
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
51
45
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
61
43
2016 Battlefield 1
95
67
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
50
33
2016 Doom
118
74
2016 F1 2016
90
68
2016 Overwatch
90
78
2016 Total War: Warhammer
69
52
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
55
44

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
24
20
2018 Battlefield V
47
29
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
33
32
2018 Fallout 76
45
37
2018 Final Fantasy XV
30
26
2018 Forza Horizon 4
47
41
2018 Hitman 2
29
25
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
28
18
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
32
23
2017 Dawn of War III
43
27
2017 Destiny 2
51
42
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
29
26
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
35
25
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
29
25
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
52
34
2016 Battlefield 1
53
36
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
26
17
2016 Doom
62
39
2016 F1 2016
57
38
2016 Overwatch
46
41
2016 Total War: Warhammer
39
29
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
29
37

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 / Core i7-7700K

It is clear that the RX VEGA 56 is a significantly more capable high-end card that can play AAA titles at 1080p/1440p with 50-60 frames per second. It is worth noting that the RX VEGA 56 is a very power hungry card and requires a decent power supply unit. In terms of memory, the RX VEGA 56 's 8192 MB RAM is more than enough for modern games and should not cause any bottlenecks. View Current Price List

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 / Core 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. View Current Price List

RX VEGA 56 vs GTX 980 Specifications Comparison

Board Design

RX VEGA 56 GTX 980
Board NumberD050-03PG401
Length10.5 inches 267 mm10.5 inches 267 mm
Outputs1x HDMI3x DisplayPort1x DVI1x HDMI3x DisplayPort
Power Connectors2x 8-pin2x 6-pin
Slot WidthDual-slotDual-slot
TDP210 W165 W

Clock Speeds

RX VEGA 56 GTX 980
Boost Clock1474 MHz1216 MHz
GPU Clock1138 MHz1127 MHz
Memory Clock800 MHz 1600 MHz effective1753 MHz 7012 MHz effective

Graphics Card

RX VEGA 56 GTX 980
Bus InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x16
GenerationVega (RX Vega)GeForce 900
Launch Price399 USD549 USD
ProductionActiveEnd-of-life
Release DateAug 14th, 2017Sep 19th, 2014

Graphics Features

RX VEGA 56 GTX 980
DirectX12.0 (12_1)12.0 (12_1)
OpenCL21.2
OpenGL4.64.6
Shader Model6.16.1
Vulkan1.1.821.1.82

Graphics Processor

RX VEGA 56 GTX 980
ArchitectureGCN 5.0Maxwell 2.0
Die Size510 mm²398 mm²
GPU NameVega 10GM204
GPU VariantVega 10 XL (215-0894216)GM204-400-A1
Process Size14 nm28 nm
Transistors12,500 million5,200 million

Memory

RX VEGA 56 GTX 980
Bandwidth409.6 GB/s224.4 GB/s
Memory Bus2048 bit256 bit
Memory Size8192 MB4096 MB
Memory TypeHBM2GDDR5

Render Config

RX VEGA 56 GTX 980
ROPs6464
Shading Units35842048
TMUs224128

Theoretical Performance

RX VEGA 56 GTX 980
FP32 (float) performance10,566 GFLOPS4,981 GFLOPS
FP64 (double) performance660.4 GFLOPS (1:16)155.6 GFLOPS (1:32)
Pixel Rate94.34 GPixel/s77.82 GPixel/s
Texture Rate330.2 GTexel/s155.6 GTexel/s