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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon R7 370 2G

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 uses a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1050 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this specific model. It features 1664 SPUs along with 104 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 370 2G, which uses a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 975 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1400 MHz on this particular card. It features 1024 SPUs along with 64 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 970 10867 points
Radeon R7 370 2G 5582 points
Difference: 5285 (95%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 970 262 Sol/s
Radeon R7 370 2G 210 Sol/s
Difference: 52 (25%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 970 19 Mh/s
Radeon R7 370 2G 15 Mh/s
Difference: 4 (27%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 370 2G 110 Watts
GeForce GTX 970 145 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (32%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 970 is 25% faster than the Radeon R7 370 2G in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 224000 MB/sec
Radeon R7 370 2G 179200 MB/sec
Difference: 44800 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970 is quite a bit (approximately 75%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R7 370 2G. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 370 2G 62400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 46800 (75%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970 is a better choice, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 370 2G 31200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 36000 (115%)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 970

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 970 Radeon R7 370 2G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 June 2015
Code Name GM204-200 Trinidad
Memory 4096 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 1050 MHz 975 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 109200 Mtexels/sec 62400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 67200 Mpixels/sec 31200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1664 1024
Texture Mapping Units 104 64
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 5200 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 970

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Radeon R7 370 2G

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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