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GeForce GTX 480 vs Radeon R7 370 2G

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 has core clock speeds of 700 MHz on the GPU, and 924 MHz on the 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 480 SPUs as well as 60 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon R7 370 2G, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 975 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a frequency of 1400 MHz on this particular model. 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

Radeon R7 370 2G 5582 points
GeForce GTX 480 3650 points
Difference: 1932 (53%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 370 2G 110 Watts
GeForce GTX 480 250 Watts
Difference: 140 Watts (127%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the Radeon R7 370 2G should in theory be a small bit better than the GeForce GTX 480 in general. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 179200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 480 177408 MB/sec
Difference: 1792 (1%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R7 370 2G is much (more or less 49%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 480. (explain)

Radeon R7 370 2G 62400 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 480 42000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 20400 (49%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 480 is a better choice, not by a very large margin though. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 33600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 370 2G 31200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2400 (8%)

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 480

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 480 Radeon R7 370 2G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2010 June 2015
Code Name GF100 Trinidad
Memory 1536 MB 2048 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 975 MHz
Memory Speed 3696 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 177408 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 42000 Mtexels/sec 62400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33600 Mpixels/sec 31200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 480 1024
Texture Mapping Units 60 64
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million 2080 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 480

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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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