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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 980M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 has clock speeds of 607 MHz on the GPU, and 837 MHz on the 1280 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 448 SPUs as well as 56 Texture Address Units and 40 ROPs.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 980M, which has GPU clock speed of 1038 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory running at 1000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1536 Stream Processors, 96 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation 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 980M 9476 points
GeForce GTX 470 2937 points
Difference: 6539 (223%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980M 100 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 115 Watts (115%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the GeForce GTX 470 is 5% quicker than the GeForce GTX 980M overall, because of its higher data rate. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 980M 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 5920 (5%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M will be a lot (more or less 193%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 99648 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 65656 (193%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M is a lot (about 174%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the GeForce GTX 470, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 66432 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 42152 (174%)

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 470

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 470 GeForce GTX 980M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 October 7 2014
Code Name GF100 GM204
Memory 1280 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 1038 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 99648 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 66432 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 1536
Texture Mapping Units 56 96
Render Output Units 40 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in one second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses 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, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core 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 applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 470

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GeForce GTX 980M

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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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