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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon R9 380 4G

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 features core clock speeds of 1050 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1664 SPUs along with 104 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 380 4G, which makes use of a 28 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 970 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1425 MHz on this particular model. It features 1792 SPUs as well as 112 Texture Address Units 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 R9 380 4G 8837 points
Difference: 2030 (23%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon R9 380 4G 21 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 970 19 Mh/s
Difference: 2 (11%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 970 145 Watts
Radeon R9 380 4G 190 Watts
Difference: 45 Watts (31%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 970 should theoretically be a lot better than the Radeon R9 380 4G overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 224000 MB/sec
Radeon R9 380 4G 182400 MB/sec
Difference: 41600 (23%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970 will be a little bit (about 1%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon R9 380 4G. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 380 4G 108640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 560 (1%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970 is much (more or less 116%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon R9 380 4G, and also should be capable of handling higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 380 4G 31040 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 36160 (116%)

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 R9 380 4G
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 June 2015
Code Name GM204-200 Antigua PRO
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1050 MHz 970 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 5700 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 190 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 182400 MB/sec
Texel Rate 109200 Mtexels/sec 108640 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 67200 Mpixels/sec 31040 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1664 1792
Texture Mapping Units 104 112
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 5200 million 5000 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 largest amount of data (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 card's interface width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 970

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Radeon R9 380 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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