NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti vs AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
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  • Interface PCIe 3.0 x16
  • Core clock speed 1000
  • Max video memory 6 GB
  • Memory type GDDR5
  • Memory clock speed 7.0 Gbps
  • Maximum resolution
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT
Radeon RX 5600 XT
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  • Interface PCIe 4.0 x16
  • Core clock speed
  • Max video memory
  • Memory type
  • Memory clock speed
  • Maximum resolution
Price now 413$
Games supported 99%

General info

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

Place in performance rating8687
Value for money33.7564.75
ArchitectureMaxwell (2014−2018)RDNA 1.0 (2019−2020)
GPU code nameGM200Navi 10
Market segmentDesktopDesktop
Release date2 June 2015 (6 years ago)21 January 2020 (2 years ago)
Launch price (MSRP)$649 $279
Price now$490 (0.8x MSRP)$413 (1.5x MSRP)
Value for money

To get the index we compare the characteristics of video cards and their relative 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 cores2816no data
CUDA cores2816no data
Core clock speed1000 MHzno data
Boost clock speed1075 MHzno data
Number of transistors8,000 million10,300 million
Manufacturing process technology28 nm7 nm
Thermal design power (TDP)250 Wattno data
Texture fill rate176 billion/sec224.6
Floating-point performance6,060 gflopsno data

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on 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 supportPCI Express 3.0no data
InterfacePCIe 3.0 x16PCIe 4.0 x16
Length10.5" (26.7 cm)267 mm
Height4.376" (11.1 cm)no data
Width2-slot2-slot
Recommended system power (PSU)600 Wattno data
Supplementary power connectors6-pin + 8-pinno data
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 typeGDDR5no data
Maximum RAM amount6 GBno data
Memory bus width384 Bitno data
Memory clock speed7.0 GB/sno data
Memory bandwidth336.5 GB/sno data
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 ConnectorsDual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.21x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Multi monitor support4 displaysno data
HDMI+no data
HDCP+no data
Maximum VGA resolution2048x1536no data
G-SYNC support+no data
Audio input for HDMIInternalno data

Technologies

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

GameStream+no data
GeForce ShadowPlay+no data
GPU Boost2.0no data
GameWorks+no data

API support

APIs supported, including particular versions of those APIs.

DirectX12 (12_1)no data
Shader Model6.46.5
OpenGL4.5no data
OpenCL1.2no data
Vulkan1.1.126no data
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 980 Ti 47.30
+0.3%
RX 5600 XT 47.17
  • 3DMark Cloud Gate GPU
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Score
  • 3DMark Fire Strike Graphics
  • 3DMark 11 Performance GPU
  • 3DMark Vantage Performance
  • 3DMark Ice Storm GPU
  • Passmark

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.

GTX 980 Ti 98958
RX 5600 XT 115758
+17%
GTX 980 Ti 14339
RX 5600 XT 19464
+35.7%

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.

GTX 980 Ti 16961
RX 5600 XT 21817
+28.6%

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.

GTX 980 Ti 23057
RX 5600 XT 30515
+32.3%

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.

GTX 980 Ti 48631
RX 5600 XT 65563
+34.8%

Ice Storm Graphics is an obsolete benchmark, part of 3DMark suite. Ice Storm was used to measure entry level laptops and Windows-based tablets performance. It utilizes DirectX 11 feature level 9 to display a battle between two space fleets near a frozen planet in 1280x720 resolution. Discontinued in January 2020, it is now superseded by 3DMark Night Raid.

GTX 980 Ti 443119
RX 5600 XT 457873
+3.3%

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.

GTX 980 Ti 13870
+0.3%
RX 5600 XT 13832

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 980 Ti and Radeon RX 5600 XT. Usually measured in megahashes per second.

Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256) 784 Mh/s no data
Decred / DCR (Decred) 2.4 Gh/s no data
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto) 21.57 Mh/s no data
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight) 0.7 kh/s no data
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash) 461 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.

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

Full HD101
−12.9%
114
+12.9%
1440p49
−46.9%
72
+46.9%
4K49
+14%
43
−14%

Full HD
Medium Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
+0%
45−50
+0%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
−95.7%
92
+95.7%
Battlefield 5 45−50
+0%
45−50
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 45−50
−189%
136
+189%
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
−38.3%
65
+38.3%
Far Cry 5 45−50
−151%
118
+151%
Far Cry New Dawn 45−50
−106%
97
+106%
Forza Horizon 4 45−50
−294%
185
+294%
Hitman 3 45−50
−200%
141
+200%
Horizon Zero Dawn 45−50
−143%
114
+143%
Red Dead Redemption 2 45−50
−70.2%
80
+70.2%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 45−50
−140%
113
+140%
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50
−121%
104
+121%

Full HD
High Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
+0%
45−50
+0%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
−61.7%
76
+61.7%
Battlefield 5 45−50
+0%
45−50
+0%
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 38
−168%
102
+168%
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
−19.1%
56
+19.1%
Far Cry 5 45−50
−138%
112
+138%
Far Cry New Dawn 45−50
−100%
94
+100%
Forza Horizon 4 45−50
−268%
173
+268%
Hitman 3 45−50
−166%
125
+166%
Horizon Zero Dawn 45−50
−83%
86
+83%
Metro Exodus 45−50
−66%
78
+66%
Red Dead Redemption 2 45−50
−12.8%
53
+12.8%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 33
−209%
102
+209%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 45−50
−170%
127
+170%
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50
−89.4%
89
+89.4%

Full HD
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 46
−2.2%
45−50
+2.2%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
−31.9%
62
+31.9%
Battlefield 5 94
+100%
45−50
−100%
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
+0%
47
+0%
Far Cry 5 77
−37.7%
106
+37.7%
Far Cry New Dawn 45−50
−83%
86
+83%
Forza Horizon 4 72
−91.7%
138
+91.7%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 59
−28.8%
76
+28.8%
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50
+34.3%
35
−34.3%

1440p
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 54
−20.4%
65
+20.4%
Hitman 3 45−50
−72.3%
81
+72.3%
Horizon Zero Dawn 45−50
−14.9%
54
+14.9%
Metro Exodus 45−50
+0%
47
+0%
Red Dead Redemption 2 45−50
+34.3%
35
−34.3%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 45−50
+46.9%
32
−46.9%

1440p
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 45−50
+0%
45−50
+0%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
+4.4%
45
−4.4%
Battlefield 5 45−50
+0%
45−50
+0%
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
+62.1%
29
−62.1%
Far Cry 5 45−50
−76.6%
83
+76.6%
Far Cry New Dawn 45−50
−66%
78
+66%
Forza Horizon 4 45−50
−132%
109
+132%
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50
+124%
21
−124%

4K
High Preset

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 32
+6.7%
30
−6.7%
Hitman 3 45−50
+4.4%
45
−4.4%
Horizon Zero Dawn 45−50
+67.9%
28
−67.9%
Metro Exodus 45−50
+62.1%
29
−62.1%
Red Dead Redemption 2 45−50
+104%
23
−104%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider 23
−39.1%
32
+39.1%
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 44
−4.5%
46
+4.5%

4K
Ultra Preset

Assassin's Creed Odyssey 18
−161%
45−50
+161%
Assassin's Creed Valhalla 45−50
+124%
21
−124%
Battlefield 5 40
−17.5%
45−50
+17.5%
Cyberpunk 2077 45−50
+292%
12
−292%
Far Cry 5 30
−43.3%
43
+43.3%
Far Cry New Dawn 45−50
+4.4%
45
−4.4%
Forza Horizon 4 42
−66.7%
70
+66.7%
Watch Dogs: Legion 45−50
+327%
11
−327%

Advantages and disadvantages


Performance rating 47.30 47.17
Novelty 2 June 2015 21 January 2020
Cost $649 $279
Chip lithography 28 nm 7 nm

Technical City couldn't decide between

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti

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AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT
AMD Radeon RX 5600 XT

The differences in performance seem too small.


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Competitors of GeForce GTX 980 Ti by AMD

We believe that the nearest equivalent to GeForce GTX 980 Ti from AMD is Radeon RX 5600 XT, which is nearly equal in speed and is lower by 1 position in our rating.

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Competitors of Radeon RX 5600 XT by NVIDIA

We believe that the nearest equivalent to Radeon RX 5600 XT from NVIDIA is GeForce GTX 980 Ti, which is nearly equal in speed and higher by 1 position in our rating.

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