NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti vs AMD Radeon R7 260X

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R7 260X architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
2.83
 
2.74
Architecture
Maxwell
 
GCN 2.0
Code name
GM200
 
Bonaire
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Design
no data
 
reference
Release date
2 June 2015
 
8 October 2013
Launch price (MSRP)
$649
 
$139
Price now
$728
 
$167

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R7 260X's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R7 260X's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2816
 
896
CUDA cores
2816
 
no data
Core clock speed
1000 MHz
 
no data
Boost Clock
1075 MHz
 
1000 MHz
Transistor count
8,000 million
 
2,080 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
250 Watt
 
115 Watt
Texture fill rate
176 billion/sec
 
61.60
Floating-point performance
6,060 gflops
 
1,971 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R7 260X 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).
Bus support
PCI Express 3.0
 
PCIe 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
10.5" (26.7 cm)
 
170 mm
Height
4.376" (11.1 cm)
 
no data
Recommended system power (PSU)
600 Watt
 
no data
Supplementary power connectors
6-pin + 8-pin
 
1 x 6-pin
SLI options
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R7 260X: its type, size, bus, clock and resulting bandwidth. Note that GPUs integrated into processors don't have dedicated memory and use a shared part of system RAM.
Memory type
GDDR5
 
GDDR5
Maximum RAM amount
6 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
384 Bit
 
128 Bit
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
no data
Memory bandwidth
336.5 GB/s
 
104 GB/s
Shared memory
-
 
no data

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R7 260X. As a rule, this section is relevant only for desktop reference video cards, since for notebook ones the availability of certain video outputs depends on the laptop model.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
 
no data
Multi monitor support
4 displays
 
no data
Eyefinity
-
 
+
HDMI
-
 
+
HDCP
+
 
-
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
no data
G-SYNC support
+
 
-
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 
no data

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R7 260X. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
FreeSync
-
 
+
DDMA audio
no data
 
+
GameStream
+
 
-
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
-
GPU Boost
2.0
 
no data
GameWorks
+
 
-

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R7 260X, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
12 (12_1)
 
DirectX® 12
Shader Model
6.4
 
6.3
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.2
 
2.0
Vulkan
1.1.126
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R7 260X. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 980 Ti 54.01 +349%
R7 260X 12.03

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 980 Ti 16961 +287.2%
R7 260X 4380

Passmark

GTX 980 Ti 13750 +348.8%
R7 260X 3064

Rendering quality tests

GFXBench render quality
4541 +0.9%
 
4502 −0.9%
GFXBench high precision render quality
4541 +0.9%
 
4502 −0.9%

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R7 260X. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
784 Mh/s +248.4%
 
225 Mh/s −248.4%
Decred / DCR (Decred)
2.4 Gh/s
 
no data
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
21.57 Mh/s +318%
 
5.16 Mh/s −318%
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.7 kh/s
 
no data
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
461 Sol/s
 
no data

Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon R7 260X are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti

349% faster (about 4.5 times) in synthetic tests
Much newer (2 June 2015 vs 8 October 2013)
Wider memory bus (384 vs 128 bit)
More pipelines (2816 vs 896)
Higher memory bandwidth (336.5 vs 104 GB/s)
CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture - an API for video card computing power usage in tasks different from 3D graphics processing. Can be used for physics simulation for instance)
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)

Advantages of AMD Radeon R7 260X

Cheaper ($139 vs $649)
Less power hungry (115 vs 250 watts)
Mantle (an API developed by AMD for 3D graphics acceleration. Discontinued and later superceded by Vulkan)

So, GTX 980 Ti or R7 260X?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti.
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