AMD Radeon R9 Fury vs NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

AMD Radeon R9 Fury
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

General info

Comparison of Radeon R9 Fury and GeForce GTX 980 architecture, market type and release date.
Place in performance rating
 
Value for money (0-100)
27.10
 
59.96
Architecture
GCN 1.2
 
Maxwell
Code name
Fiji
 
GM204
Type
Desktop
 
Desktop
Release date
16 June 2015
 
19 September 2014
Launch price (MSRP)
$549
 
$549
Price now
$443
 
$223

Technical specs

Radeon R9 Fury and GeForce GTX 980's general performance parameters such as number of shaders, GPU core clock, manufacturing process, texturing and calculation speed. These parameters indirectly speak of Radeon R9 Fury and GeForce GTX 980's performance, but for precise assessment you have to consider its benchmark and gaming test results.
Pipelines
3584
 
2048
CUDA cores
no data
 
2048
Compute units
56
 
no data
Boost Clock
1000 MHz
 
1216 MHz
Transistor count
8,900 million
 
5,200 million
Manufacturing process technology
28 nm
 
28 nm
Power consumption (TDP)
275 Watt
 
165 Watt
Texture fill rate
224.0 GTexel / s
 
144 billion / sec
Floating-point performance
7,168 gflops
 
4,981 gflops

Compatibility, dimensions and requirements

Information on Radeon R9 Fury and GeForce GTX 980 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
PCIe 3.0
 
PCI Express 3.0
Interface
PCIe 3.0 x16
 
PCIe 3.0 x16
Length
no data
 
10.5" (26.7 cm)
Height
no data
 
4.376" (11.1 cm)
Recommended system power (PSU)
no data
 
500 Watt
Supplementary power connectors
​2x 8-pin
 
2x 6-pins
SLI options
-
 
+
Bridgeless CrossFire
+
 
-

Memory

Parameters of memory installed on Radeon R9 Fury and GeForce GTX 980: 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
High Bandwidth Memory (HBM)
 
GDDR5
High bandwidth memory (HBM)
+
 
no data
Maximum RAM amount
4 GB
 
4 GB
Memory bus width
4096 Bit
 
256 Bit
Memory clock speed
500 MHz
 
7.0 GB/s
Memory bandwidth
512 GB / s
 
224 GB / s
Shared memory
-
 
-

Video outputs and ports

Types and number of video connectors present on Radeon R9 Fury and GeForce GTX 980.
Display Connectors
1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
 
1x DVI, 1x HDMI, 3x DisplayPort
Display Connectors
no data
 
Dual Link DVI-I, HDMI 2.0, 3x DisplayPort 1.2
Multi monitor support
no data
 
4 displays
Eyefinity
+
 
-
Number of Eyefinity displays
6
 
no data
VGA аnalog display support
no data
 
+
DisplayPort Multimode (DP++) support
no data
 
+
HDMI
+
 
+
HDCP
-
 
+
Maximum VGA resolution
no data
 
2048x1536
DisplayPort support
+
 
-
G-SYNC support
-
 
+
Audio input for HDMI
no data
 
Internal

Technologies

Technological solutions and APIs supported by Radeon R9 Fury and GeForce GTX 980. You'll probably need this information if you need some particular technology for your purposes.
AppAcceleration
+
 
-
CrossFire
+
 
-
FRTC
+
 
-
FreeSync
+
 
-
HD3D
+
 
-
LiquidVR
+
 
-
PowerTune
+
 
-
TressFX
+
 
-
TrueAudio
+
 
-
UVD
+
 
-
VCE
+
 
-
DDMA audio
+
 
no data
3D Vision
-
 
+
GameStream
-
 
+
GeForce ShadowPlay
-
 
+
GPU Boost
no data
 
+
GameWorks
-
 
+
H.264, VC1, MPEG2 1080p video decoder
-
 
+
Optimus
-
 
+
BatteryBoost
-
 
+
CUDA
-
 
+
SLI
no data
 
+
GeForce Experience
no data
 
+
Eyefinity
+
 
no data
Surround
no data
 
+
Adaptive Vertical Sync
no data
 
+

API support

APIs supported by Radeon R9 Fury and GeForce GTX 980, sometimes including their particular versions.
DirectX
DirectX® 12
 
DirectX 12 (FL 12_1)
OpenGL
4.5
 
4.5
OpenCL
2.0
 
1.2
Vulkan
+
 
-
Mantle
+
 
-

Benchmark performance

Non-gaming benchmarks performance of Radeon R9 Fury and GeForce GTX 980. Note that overall benchmark performance is measured in points in 0-100 range.

Overall benchmark performance

R9 Fury 45.01
GTX 980 50.13 +11.4%

3DMark Cloud Gate GPU

R9 Fury 80439
GTX 980 85374 +6.1%

3DMark Fire Strike Score

R9 Fury 23381 +124.9%
GTX 980 10398

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics

R9 Fury 14580 +12.7%
GTX 980 12938

3DMark 11 Performance GPU

R9 Fury 17543
GTX 980 17605 +0.4%

3DMark Vantage Performance

R9 Fury 42039 +10.6%
GTX 980 37997

Unigine Heaven 4.0

R9 Fury 1691
GTX 980 1889 +11.7%

Passmark

R9 Fury 9488
GTX 980 10667 +12.4%

Rendering quality tests

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

Mining hashrates

Cryptocurrency mining performance of Radeon R9 Fury and GeForce GTX 980. Usually measured in megahashes per second.
Bitcoin / BTC (SHA256)
800 Mh/s +38.2%
 
579 Mh/s −38.2%
Decred / DCR (Decred)
no data
 
1.74 Gh/s
Ethereum / ETH (DaggerHashimoto)
no data
 
20.28 Mh/s
Monero / XMR (CryptoNight)
no data
 
0.54 kh/s
Zcash / ZEC (Equihash)
no data
 
312.12 Sol/s

Gaming performance

Let's see how good Radeon R9 Fury and GeForce GTX 980 are for gaming. Particular gaming benchmark results are measured in FPS.

Advantages of AMD Radeon R9 Fury

Somewhat newer (16 June 2015 vs 19 September 2014)
Wider memory bus (4096 vs 256 bit)
More pipelines (3584 vs 2048)
Higher memory bandwidth (512 vs 224 GB/s)
Mantle (an API developed by AMD for 3D graphics acceleration. Discontinued and later superceded by Vulkan)
Eyefinity (allows using several displays with an AMD GPU)
App Acceleration
CrossFire
AMD PowerTune technology
AMD ZeroCore Power technology
HD3D
TrueAudio
DirectX® 12
OpenGL® 4.5
Vulkan™
OpenCL™ 2.0​
CrossFireBridgeless
EyefinitySupport
DisplayPortMenu
AMD App Acceleration
CrossfireX
FRTC
FreeSync
HD3DMenu
LiquidVR
PowerTuneMenu
TressFX
TrueAudioMenu
UVDMenu
VCEMenu
Vulkan (a contemporary API for graphics acceleration, based on now-discontinued Mantle)
MantleMenu

Advantages of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980

11.4% faster in synthetic tests
Less power hungry (165 vs 275 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
HDCP
3D Vision Surround
NVIDIAGameStreamReady
ShadowPlay (allows recording and streaming video during gaming on NVIDIA GPUs)
GameWorks
H264VC1MPEG21080pVideoDecoder
Optimus Support
NVIDIA BatteryBoost

So, R9 Fury or GTX 980?

Judging by the results of synthetic and gaming tests, Technical City recommends NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980.
Should you still have questions on choice between Radeon R9 Fury and GeForce GTX 980, ask them in Comments section, and we shall answer.

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