NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 vs AMD Radeon RX 590

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
AMD Radeon RX 590

General info

Comparison of GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon RX 590 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
59.47
 
53.02
Architecture
Maxwell
 
Polaris
Code name
GM204
 
Polaris 30
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
19 September 2014
 
15 November 2018
Launch price (MSRP)
$549
 
$279
Price now
$223
 
$227

Technical specs

GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon RX 590'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 and Radeon RX 590's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
2048
 
2304
CUDA cores
2048
 
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Core clock speed
no data
 
1469 MHz
Boost Clock
1216 MHz
 
1545 MHz
Transistor count
5,200 million
 
5,700 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
12 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
165 Watt
 
175 Watt
Texture fill rate
144 billion / sec
 
222.5 GTexel / s
Floating-point performance
4,981 gflops
 
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Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon RX 590 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
 
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Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
10.5" (26.7 cm)
 
241 mm
Height
4.376" (11.1 cm)
 
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Recommended system power (PSU)
500 Watt
 
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Supplementary power connectors
2x 6-pins
 
1x 8-pin
SLI options
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon RX 590: 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
4 GB
 
8 GB
Memory bus width
256 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
7.0 GB/s
 
8000 MHz
Memory bandwidth
224 GB / s
 
256.0 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon RX 590.
Display Connectors
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
 
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Multi monitor support
4 displays
 
no data
VGA аnalog display support
+
 
no data
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
+
 
no data
HDMI
+
 
-
HDCP
+
 
-
Maximum VGA resolution
2048x1536
 
no data
G-SYNC support
+
 
-
Audio input for HDMI
Internal
 
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Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon RX 590. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
FreeSync
-
 
+
3D Vision
+
 
-
GameStream
+
 
-
GeForce ShadowPlay
+
 
-
GPU Boost
+
 
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GameWorks
+
 
-
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
+
 
-
Optimus
+
 
-
BatteryBoost
+
 
-
CUDA
+
 
-
SLI
+
 
no data
GeForce Experience
+
 
no data
Surround
+
 
no data
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
no data
 
+
Adaptive Vertical Sync
+
 
no data
HDMI 2.0b
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon RX 590, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
 
DirectX 12
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.6
OpenCL
1.2
 
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Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon RX 590. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

GTX 980 49.37 +10.2%
RX 590 44.81

3DMark Ice Storm GPU

GTX 980 323076
RX 590 379940 +17.6%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

GTX 980 85374
RX 590 87448 +2.4%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

GTX 980 10398
RX 590 14101 +35.6%

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

GTX 980 12938
RX 590 16746 +29.4%

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

GTX 980 17605
RX 590 23202 +31.8%

3DMark Vantage Performance

GTX 980 37997
RX 590 48454 +27.5%

Passmark

GTX 980 10470 +10.2%
RX 590 9503

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon RX 590. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
579 Mh/s
 
no data
Decred / DCR (Decred)
1.74 Gh/s
 
no data
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
20.28 Mh/s
 
no data
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
0.54 kh/s
 
no data
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
312.12 Sol/s
 
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Gaming performance

Let's see how good GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon RX 590 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

10.2% faster in synthetic tests
Less power hungry (165 vs 175 watts)
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)
3D Vision
PhysX (hardware acceleration of physical simulation engine named PhysX)
GeForce Experience (software suite built to manage NVIDIA GPU parameters, and to record and stream game video)
Surround
NVIDIA GameStream
GPU Boost 2.0 (increases NVIDIA GPU voltage and frequency when there's a temperature headroom. Similar to AMD PowerTune)
Adaptive Vertical Sync
G-SYNC (removes screen tearing by telling the display when to renew the image. Only works with G-SYNC compatible displays)
SLI (Scalable Link Interface - a technology for uniting several NVIDIA GPUs processing power in one PC)
SLIOptions
HDMI
HDCP
3D Vision Surround
NVIDIAGameStreamReady
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
GameWorks
H264VC1MPEG21080pVideoDecoder
Optimus Support
NVIDIA BatteryBoost

Advantages of AMD Radeon RX 590

Much newer (15 November 2018 vs 19 September 2014)
Cheaper ($279 vs $549)
More pipelines (2304 vs 2048)
Higher memory bandwidth (256 vs 224 GB/s)
Finer manufacturing process technology (12 vs 28 nm)
DisplayPort 1.3 HBR / 1.4 HDR Ready
HDMI 2.0b
AMD FreeSync
FreeSync

So, GTX 980 or RX 590?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980.
Should you still have questions on choice between GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon RX 590, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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