NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 vs AMD Radeon 540X

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1607
  • Max video memory 8 GB GDDR5X
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 10 Gbps
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon 540X
Radeon 540X
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x8
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory 2048 MB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 6000
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 421$
Games supported 59%

General info

Comparison of graphics card architecture, market segment, value for money and other general parameters.

Place in performance rating65617
Place by popularity64no data
Value for money23.773.60
ArchitecturePascal (2016−2021)GCN 4.0 (2016−2020)
GPU code namePascal GP104Lexa
Market segmentDesktopLaptop
Release date6 May 2016 (6 years ago)12 August 2019 (3 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$599 no data
Current price$416 (0.7x MSRP)$421
Value for money

To calculate the index we compare the characteristics of graphics cards against their prices.

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Technical specs

General performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core base clock and boost clock speeds, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider their benchmark and gaming test results. Note that power consumption of some graphics cards can well exceed their nominal TDP, especially when overclocked.

Pipelines / CUDA cores2560512
CUDA cores2560no data
Core clock speed1607 MHzno data
Boost clock speed1733 MHz1219 MHz
Number of transistors7,200 million2,200 million
Manufacturing process technology16 nm14 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)180 Watt50 Watt
Maximum GPU temperature94 °Cno data
Texture fill rate277.333.47
Floating-point performance8,873 gflopsno data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 1080 and Radeon 540X compatibility with other computer components. Useful when choosing a future computer configuration or upgrading an existing one. For desktop video cards it's interface and bus (motherboard compatibility), additional power connectors (power supply compatibility). For notebook video cards it's notebook size, connection slot and bus, if the video card is inserted into a slot instead of being soldered to the notebook motherboard.

Bus supportPCIe 3.0no data
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 3.0 x8
Length10.5" (26.7 cm)no data
Height4.376" (11.1 cm)no data
Width2-slotno data
Recommended system power (PSU)500 Wattno data
Supplementary power connectors8-pinNone
SLI options+no data

Memory

Parameters of memory installed: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors have no dedicated VRAM and use a shared part of system RAM.

Memory typeGDDR5GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount8 GB2 GB
Memory bus width256 Bit64 Bit
Memory clock speed10 GB/s6000 MHz
Memory bandwidth320 GB/s112.0 GB/s
Shared memory--

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on the reviewed GPUs. As a rule, data in this section is precise only for desktop reference ones (so-called Founders Edition for NVIDIA chips). OEM manufacturers may change the number and type of output ports, while for notebook cards availability of certain video outputs ports depends on the laptop model rather than on the card itself.

Display ConnectorsDP 1.42, HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Multi monitor support+no data
HDMI++
G-SYNC support+no data

Technologies

Supported technological solutions. This information will prove useful if you need some particular technology for your purposes.

GPU Boost3.0no data
VR Ready+no data
Ansel+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (12_1)12 (12_0)
Shader Model6.46.4
OpenGL4.54.6
OpenCL1.22.0
Vulkan1.2.1311.2.131
CUDA+no data

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmark performance comparison. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.


Overall score

This is our combined benchmark performance rating. We are regularly improving our combining algorithms, but if you find some perceived inconsistencies, feel free to speak up in comments section, we usually fix problems quickly.

GTX 1080 39.27
+1058%
Radeon 540X 3.39
  • Passmark
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • Unigine Heaven 3.0

This is probably the most ubiquitous benchmark, part of Passmark PerformanceTest suite. It gives the graphics card a thorough evaluation under various load, providing four separate benchmarks for Direct3D versions 9, 10, 11 and 12 (the last being done in 4K resolution if possible), and few more tests engaging DirectCompute capabilities.

Benchmark coverage: 26%

GTX 1080 15360
+1058%
Radeon 540X 1326

3DMark Vantage is an outdated DirectX 10 benchmark using 1280x1024 screen resolution. It taxes the graphics card with two scenes, one depicting a girl escaping some militarized base located within a sea cave, the other displaying a space fleet attack on a defenseless planet. It was discontinued in April 2017, and Time Spy benchmark is now recommended to be used instead.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 1080 53598
+364%
Radeon 540X 11545

3DMark 11 is an obsolete DirectX 11 benchmark by Futuremark. It used four tests based on two scenes, one being few submarines exploring the submerged wreck of a sunken ship, the other is an abandoned temple deep in the jungle. All the tests are heavy with volumetric lighting and tessellation, and despite being done in 1280x720 resolution, are relatively taxing. Discontinued in January 2020, 3DMark 11 is now superseded by Time Spy.

Benchmark coverage: 17%

GTX 1080 29263
+614%
Radeon 540X 4097

Cloud Gate is an outdated DirectX 11 feature level 10 benchmark that was used for home PCs and basic notebooks. It displays a few scenes of some weird space teleportation device launching spaceships into unknown, using fixed resolution of 1280x720. Just like Ice Storm benchmark, it has been discontinued in January 2020 and replaced by 3DMark Night Raid.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1080 119971
+691%
Radeon 540X 15167

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1080 16623
+583%
Radeon 540X 2435

Fire Strike is a DirectX 11 benchmark for gaming PCs. It features two separate tests displaying a fight between a humanoid and a fiery creature seemingly made of lava. Using 1920x1080 resolution, Fire Strike shows off some realistic enough graphics and is quite taxing on hardware.

Benchmark coverage: 14%

GTX 1080 21409
+670%
Radeon 540X 2779

This is an old DirectX 11 benchmark using Unigine, a 3D game engine by eponymous Russian company. It displays a fantasy medieval town sprawling over several flying islands. Version 3.0 was released in 2012, and in 2013 it was superseded by Heaven 4.0, which introduced several slight improvements, including a newer version of Unigine.

Benchmark coverage: 5%

GTX 1080 269
+794%
Radeon 540X 30

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 1080 and Radeon 540X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 1045 Mh/s no data
Decred / DCR (Decred) 3.09 Gh/s no data
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 27.63 Mh/s no data
Siacoin / SC (Sia) 2.28 Gh/s no data
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight) 0.48 kh/s no data
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash) 470 Sol/s no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good the compared graphics cards are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Average FPS

Here are the average frames per second in a large set of popular games across different resolutions:

Full HD128
+482%
22
−482%
1440p79no data
4K58no data

Popular games

  • Full HD
    Low Preset
  • Full HD
    Medium Preset
  • Full HD
    High Preset
  • Full HD
    Ultra Preset
  • 1440p
    High Preset
  • 1440p
    Ultra Preset
  • 4K
    High Preset
  • 4K
    Ultra Preset
Cyberpunk 2077 65−70 no data
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 92
+475%
16
−475%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 65−70
+458%
12
−458%
Battlefield 5 166
+538%
26
−538%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 134
+509%
22
−509%
Cyberpunk 2077 65−70 no data
Far Cry 5 118
+3833%
3−4
−3833%
Far Cry New Dawn 111
+594%
16
−594%
Forza Horizon 4 140
+1650%
8−9
−1650%
Hitman 3 120−130
+629%
17
−629%
Horizon Zero Dawn 80−85
+645%
11
−645%
Red Dead Redemption 2 96
+1820%
5−6
−1820%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 108
+620%
15
−620%
Watch Dogs: Legion 70−75
+446%
13
−446%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 83
+592%
12
−592%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 65−70 no data
Battlefield 5 142
+610%
20
−610%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 113
+1156%
9
−1156%
Cyberpunk 2077 65−70 no data
Far Cry 5 113
+3667%
3−4
−3667%
Far Cry New Dawn 108
+620%
15
−620%
Forza Horizon 4 137
+1613%
8−9
−1613%
Hitman 3 120−130
+1671%
7
−1671%
Horizon Zero Dawn 80−85 no data
Metro Exodus 74
+1133%
6
−1133%
Red Dead Redemption 2 53
+960%
5−6
−960%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 98
+717%
12
−717%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 74
+363%
16
−363%
Watch Dogs: Legion 70−75
+7000%
1−2
−7000%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 63
+1160%
5−6
−1160%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 65−70 no data
Battlefield 5 123
+583%
18
−583%
Cyberpunk 2077 65−70 no data
Far Cry 5 104
+3367%
3−4
−3367%
Far Cry New Dawn 98
+600%
14
−600%
Forza Horizon 4 112
+1300%
8−9
−1300%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 81
+710%
10
−710%
Watch Dogs: Legion 70−75
+7000%
1−2
−7000%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 74
+1133%
6−7
−1133%
Hitman 3 70−75
+3550%
2−3
−3550%
Horizon Zero Dawn 50−55
+1633%
3−4
−1633%
Metro Exodus 45
+1400%
3−4
−1400%
Red Dead Redemption 2 35
+1067%
3−4
−1067%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 64
+1180%
5−6
−1180%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 49 0−1
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 40−45 no data
Battlefield 5 98 no data
Cyberpunk 2077 30−35 no data
Far Cry 5 77
+3750%
2−3
−3750%
Far Cry New Dawn 82 no data
Forza Horizon 4 93
+3000%
3−4
−3000%
Watch Dogs: Legion 30−35
+1600%
2−3
−1600%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 42
+1300%
3−4
−1300%
Hitman 3 40−45
+1233%
3−4
−1233%
Horizon Zero Dawn 27−30
+600%
4−5
−600%
Metro Exodus 28 no data
Red Dead Redemption 2 21
+950%
2−3
−950%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 32
+3100%
1−2
−3100%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 56
+2700%
2−3
−2700%
Assassin's Creed Odyssey 33
+3200%
1−2
−3200%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 24−27 no data
Battlefield 5 53 no data
Cyberpunk 2077 12−14
+1200%
1−2
−1200%
Far Cry 5 42
+1300%
3−4
−1300%
Far Cry New Dawn 47
+840%
5−6
−840%
Forza Horizon 4 65
+2067%
3−4
−2067%
Watch Dogs: Legion 18−20
+800%
2−3
−800%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 39.27 3.39
Recency 6 May 2016 12 August 2019
Memory bus width 256 64
Pipelines / CUDA cores 2560 512
Memory bandwidth 320 112
Chip lithography 16 nm 14 nm
Thermal design power (TDP) 180 Watt 50 Watt

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

since it shows better performance.

Be aware that GeForce GTX 1080 is a desktop card while Radeon 540X is a notebook one.


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Competitors of GeForce GTX 1080 by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 1080 from AMD is Radeon RX Vega 64, which is slower by 5% and lower by 8 positions in our rating.

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Competitors of Radeon 540X by NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon 540X from NVIDIA is GeForce GT 750M, which is slower by 1% and lower by 1 position in our rating.

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