Radeon RX 6500 XT vs GeForce GTX 980 Ti

Radeon RX 6500 XT
Memory: 4096Mb GDDR6DESKTOP
Release date: 19 Jan 2022
Radeon RX 6500 XT
GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Memory: 6144Mb GDDR5DESKTOP
Release date: 2 Jun 2015
GeForce GTX 980 Ti

Summary

Gaming performance index

  • Radeon RX 6500 XT
    100%
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti
    116%

Relative performance

Reasons to consider Radeon RX 6500 XT

143 watts lower power draw. This might be a strong point if your current power supply is not enough to handle the GeForce GTX 980 Ti .
This is a much newer product, it might have better long term support.
Supports Direct3D 12 Async Compute
Supports FreeSync
Supports ReLive (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty)
Infinity Cache allows to deliver up to 3.25x the effective memory bandwidth
Supports DirectX Raytracing (DXR)

Reasons to consider GeForce GTX 980 Ti

16% higher gaming performance.
Supports PhysX
Supports G-Sync
Supports ShadowPlay (allows game streaming/recording with minimum performance penalty)
Based on an outdated architecture (Nvidia Maxwell), there may be no performance optimizations for current games and applications

GeForce GTX 980 Ti

HWBench recommends GeForce GTX 980 Ti

The GeForce GTX 980 Ti is the better performing card based on the game benchmark suite used (4 combinations of games and resolutions).


Specifications

Core Configuration

Radeon RX 6500 XTGeForce GTX 980 Ti
GPU NameNavi 24 (Navi 24 XT)vsGM200 (GM200-310-A1)
Fab Process6 nmvs28 nm
Die Size107 mm²vs601 mm²
Transistors5,400 millionvs8,000 million
Shaders1024vs2816
Compute Units16vs22
Core clock2200 MHzvs1000 MHz
ROPs32vs96
TMUs64vs176

Memory Configuration

Radeon RX 6500 XTGeForce GTX 980 Ti
Memory TypeGDDR6vsGDDR5
Bus Width64 bitvs384 bit
Memory Speed2250 MHz
18 Gbps effective
vs1753 MHz
7012 MHz effective
Memory Size4096 Mbvs6144 Mb

Additional details

Radeon RX 6500 XTGeForce GTX 980 Ti
TDP107 wattsvs250 watts
Release Date19 Jan 2022vs2 Jun 2015

Raw Performance comparison

Pixel Rate

  • Radeon RX 6500 XT
    90.08 GP/s
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti
    96.00 GP/s

GigaPixels - higher is better

Texel Rate

  • Radeon RX 6500 XT
    180.20 GT/s
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti
    176.00 GT/s

GigaTexels - higher is better

Memory bandwidth

  • Radeon RX 6500 XT
    144.00 GB/s
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti
    337.00 GB/s

GB/s - higher is better

Single precision performance

  • Radeon RX 6500 XT
    5765.00 GFLOPs
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti
    5632.00 GFLOPs

GFLOPs - higher is better

Game benchmarks

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Highest Details, Pure hair, HBAO+, DirectX12, Windows 10 x64

  • Radeon RX 6500 XT
    64
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti
    66

FPS (higher is better)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

DX11,Max Details, 16:1 HQ-AF, +AA

  • Radeon RX 6500 XT
    67
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti
    76

FPS (higher is better)

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Highest Details, Pure hair, HBAO+, DirectX12, Windows 10 x64

  • Radeon RX 6500 XT
    40
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti
    45

FPS (higher is better)

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

DX11,Max Details, 16:1 HQ-AF, +AA

  • Radeon RX 6500 XT
    44
  • GeForce GTX 980 Ti
    61

FPS (higher is better)