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GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon R7 370 4G

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1126 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1750 MHz on this particular card. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon R7 370 4G, which has GPU clock speed of 975 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 1400 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1024 Stream Processors, 64 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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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.

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 980 20 Mh/s
Radeon R7 370 4G 17 Mh/s
Difference: 3 (18%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

GeForce GTX 980 408 Sol/s
Radeon R7 370 4G 183 Sol/s
Difference: 225 (123%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R7 370 4G 110 Watts
GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
Difference: 55 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 980 should be 25% faster than the Radeon R7 370 4G in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
Radeon R7 370 4G 179200 MB/sec
Difference: 44800 (25%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 is much (more or less 131%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R7 370 4G. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R7 370 4G 62400 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 81728 (131%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 is superior to the Radeon R7 370 4G, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R7 370 4G 31200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 40864 (131%)

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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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 980 Radeon R7 370 4G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 June 2015
Code Name GM204-400 Trinidad
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1126 MHz 975 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 5600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 165 watts 110 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 179200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144128 Mtexels/sec 62400 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72064 Mpixels/sec 31200 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 1024
Texture Mapping Units 128 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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980

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Radeon R7 370 4G

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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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