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GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon R9 380 4G

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1126 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon R9 380 4G, which has a GPU core clock speed of 970 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1425 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1792 Stream Processors, 112 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 980 13552 points
Radeon R9 380 4G 8837 points
Difference: 4715 (53%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 380 4G 21 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 980 20 Mh/s
Difference: 1 (5%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
Radeon R9 380 4G 190 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (15%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the GeForce GTX 980 should be a lot faster than the Radeon R9 380 4G in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 380 4G 182400 MB/sec
Difference: 41600 (23%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 will be quite a bit (more or less 33%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the Radeon R9 380 4G. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 380 4G 108640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 35488 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 380 4G 31040 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 41024 (132%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 980

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 980 Radeon R9 380 4G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 June 2015
Code Name GM204-400 Antigua PRO
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1126 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 165 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144128 Mtexels/sec 108640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72064 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 1792
Texture Mapping Units 128 112
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 5200 million 5000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980

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Radeon R9 380 4G

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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