AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
vs
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
RX Vega 56 GTX 980 Difference
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Price $ 351.0 $ 480.0 129 (37%)
Year 2017 2014 3 (0%)
Maximum Recorded Temperature 75C 81C 6 (8%)
Max Fan Noise 55.2dB 48.1dB 7.1 (13%)
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 +0.0 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 93.4 FPS 78.1 FPS 15.3 (16%)
Average 1440p Performance 70.1 FPS 56.2 FPS 13.9 (20%)
Average 4K Performance 42.2 FPS 33.7 FPS 8.5 (20%)
Memory 8 GB 4 GB 4 (50%)
1080p Cost Per Frame $ 4.3 $ 7.0 2.7 (63%)
1440p Cost Per Frame $ 5.7 $ 9.8 4.1 (72%)
4K Cost Per Frame $ 9.5 $ 16.3 6.8 (72%)
Overall Combination Score 81/100 68/100 13 (16%)
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 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
122.0
62.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
53.0
35.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
72.0
61.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
81.0
52.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
84.0
73.0
2018 Fallout 76
96.0
84.0
2018 Hitman 2
75.0
66.0
2018 Just Cause 4
72.0
52.9
2018 Monster Hunter: World
77.5
57.0
2018 Battlefield V
116.0
73.0
2017 Dawn of War III
95.2
78.6
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
64.6
60.0
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
54.0
51.0
2017 Destiny 2
119.0
98.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
67.0
58.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
84.0
73.5
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
99.6
73.3
2017 For Honor
132.8
97.7
2017 Project CARS 2
94.1
69.2
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
114.0
83.8
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
73.1
47.4
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
73.5
52.0
2016 Doom
170.1
110.2
2016 F1 2016
100.0
78.7
2016 Total War: Warhammer
92.4
73.8
2016 Battlefield 1
125.9
90.6
2016 Overwatch
130.2
114.1
2016 Dishonored 2
68.6
50.5
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
78.8
65.7
2015 Rocket League
387.5
284.9
2015 Need For Speed
107.4
79.0
2015 Project CARS
103.0
75.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
265.7
195.4
2009 League of Legends
498.2
366.3

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
77.0
35.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
34.0
28.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
51.0
43.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
54.0
34.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
71.0
62.0
2018 Fallout 76
82.0
67.0
2018 Hitman 2
49.0
43.0
2018 Just Cause 4
53.1
39.1
2018 Monster Hunter: World
54.2
39.9
2018 Battlefield V
86.0
56.0
2017 Dawn of War III
84.3
52.2
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
57.6
44.1
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
49.0
41.0
2017 Destiny 2
102.0
84.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
51.0
45.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
54.6
47.6
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
72.0
52.9
2017 For Honor
77.5
57.0
2017 Project CARS 2
66.4
48.8
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
103.0
75.7
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
49.5
32.5
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
60.6
43.0
2016 Doom
117.9
73.6
2016 F1 2016
89.9
67.5
2016 Total War: Warhammer
68.5
52.4
2016 Battlefield 1
94.7
66.9
2016 Overwatch
89.6
78.4
2016 Dishonored 2
58.7
43.1
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
54.8
44.3
2015 Rocket League
166.1
122.1
2015 Need For Speed
83.0
61.1
2015 Project CARS
78.6
57.8
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
221.4
162.8
2009 League of Legends
276.8
203.5

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AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
Year Game Frames Per Second
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
33.0
32.0
2018 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
24.0
20.0
2018 Final Fantasy XV
30.0
26.0
2018 Shadow of the Tomb Raider
28.0
18.0
2018 Forza Horizon 4
47.0
41.0
2018 Fallout 76
45.0
37.0
2018 Hitman 2
29.0
25.0
2018 Just Cause 4
27.7
20.4
2018 Monster Hunter: World
26.0
19.1
2018 Battlefield V
47.0
29.0
2017 Dawn of War III
43.0
27.0
2017 Ghost Recon Wildlands
34.7
25.4
2017 Assassin's Creed Origins
32.0
23.0
2017 Destiny 2
51.0
42.0
2017 PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds
29.0
25.0
2017 Fortnite Battle Royale
29.4
25.9
2017 Need For Speed: Payback
49.8
36.6
2017 For Honor
38.7
28.5
2017 Project CARS 2
55.4
40.7
2017 Forza Motorsport 7
86.3
63.5
2016 Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
26.0
16.8
2016 Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation
52.0
34.0
2016 Doom
62.0
38.6
2016 F1 2016
56.6
38.2
2016 Total War: Warhammer
39.1
28.8
2016 Battlefield 1
53.4
35.9
2016 Overwatch
46.2
40.6
2016 Dishonored 2
46.5
34.2
2015 Grand Theft Auto V
28.6
36.5
2015 Rocket League
77.5
57.0
2015 Need For Speed
55.4
40.7
2015 Project CARS
55.4
40.7
2012 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
199.3
146.5
2009 League of Legends
110.7
81.4

AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 / Core i7-7700K @ 4.20GHz

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. In short the performance is exceptional, there's no question that this is one of the most powerful single GPU out there in 2017 .

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 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

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