GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of RX 480 vs 980 among GPUs between $200 and $400

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Sky Diver Factor and Fire Strike Factor

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Value

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 31 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

8.9

Overall Score

Winner
AMD Radeon RX 480 

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Radeon RX 480

Reasons to consider the
AMD Radeon RX 480

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Significantly more memory 8,192 MB vs 4,096 MB 2x more memory
Higher memory bandwidth 256 GB/s vs 224.4 GB/s Around 15% higher memory bandwidth
Higher effective memory clock speed 8,000 MHz vs 7,012 MHz Around 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Better floating-point performance 5,834 GFLOPS vs 4,981 GFLOPS More than 15% better floating-point performance
Higher texture rate 182.3 GTexel/s vs 155.6 GTexel/s More than 15% higher texture rate
Higher memory clock speed 2,000 MHz vs 1,753 MHz Around 15% higher memory clock speed
Slightly more shading units 2,304 vs 2,048 256 more shading units
Slightly more texture mapping units 144 vs 128 16 more texture mapping units
Slightly lower TDP 150W vs 165W Around 10% lower TDP
Front view of GeForce GTX 980

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980

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Higher pixel rate 77.82 GPixel/s vs 40.5 GPixel/s More than 90% higher pixel rate
Significantly more render output processors 64 vs 32 Twice as many render output processors
Slightly better cloud gate factor score 22.51 vs 21.43 More than 5% better cloud gate factor score
Slightly higher battlefield 4 framerate 93.4 vs 82 Around 15% higher battlefield 4 framerate

Benchmarks Real world tests of Radeon RX 480 vs GeForce GTX 980

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Battlefield 4

Bioshock Infinite

Crysis 3

Metro: Last Light

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Comments

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for a modern generation card vs a last gen card? and only by a very small margin where even the 980 has better benchmarks in 6/7 tests? I wouldn't exactly call it a win... AMD is stepping their game up by a lot though.
I would go with RX480 8GB DDR5 14nm all day long.
I don't see why everyone says the AMD card is better, the Nvidia card is clearly better
Finally, an amd victory :P
Wow! Now 480 has more scores than 980!
it takes a website not affiliated with Nvidia
So, overall score doesn't matter. RX 480 still had a higher score even though there was no category for performance per dollar. It's just weird... What does it take to get an AMD victory?
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