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GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon RX 480

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1126 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this model. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 480, which features a clock speed of 1120 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 2000 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It is comprised of 2304 SPUs, 144 Texture Address Units, 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 RX 480 13349 points
Difference: 203 (2%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 480 27 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 980 20 Mh/s
Difference: 7 (35%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 980 408 Sol/s
Radeon RX 480 280 Sol/s
Difference: 128 (46%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 480 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (10%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 480 should be a small bit faster than the GeForce GTX 980 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 262144 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 38144 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 is a bit (about 12%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 980. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 161280 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 17152 (12%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 is a lot (more or less 101%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 480, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions better. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 480 35840 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 36224 (101%)

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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Radeon RX 480

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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 RX 480
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 June 2016
Code Name GM204-400 Polaris 10
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1126 MHz 1120 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 165 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144128 Mtexels/sec 161280 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72064 Mpixels/sec 35840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 2304
Texture Mapping Units 128 144
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 5200 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980

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Radeon RX 480

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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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