NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 vs. AMD Radeon RX 480 comparison: two new chipsets one for premium users, one for budget users


NVIDIA and AMD are considered as two of the top graphics card developers in the market today. The top two leading names when it comes to graphics processing units (GPU) have recently released their newest chipsets out in the market and while both sport impressive features, each one targets a different market level.

NVIDIA, with their newest NVIDIA GeForce GXT 1080 chipset, aims to deliver the best graphics power for professionals and top enthusiasts in the industry. On the other hand, AMD, with their newest Radeon RX 480 chipset, aims to deliver performance with a price that users can afford and would not hurt their wallets too much.

Still, both chipsets sport one similar feature they both support virtual reality (VR) graphics, as the VR genre has become one of the biggest rising trends in the world of gaming today.

While the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU takes pride in being hailed as the “fastest single GPU-graphics card available today,” the AMD Radeon RX 480 takes the spot for being the most affordable choice of graphics card when a user wants to delve into the world of VR on a tight budget.

“As we look to fully connect and immerse humanity through VR, cost remains the daylight between VR being only for the select few, and universal access for everyone,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and chief architect, Radeon Technologies Group, AMD. “The Radeon RX Series is a disruptive technology that adds rocket fuel to the VR inflection point, turning it into a technology with transformational relevance to consumers.”

For its starting price of $599, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is still worth paying the extra bucks, because as noted in reviews, its power and capabilities are labelled as not only being a mere upgrade, but is a “leap forward” in terms of its technologies.

On the other hand, the AMD Radeon RX 480 GPU chipset is available at 4 GB and 8 GB versions, with the 4 GB one with a starting price of $199.