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GeForce GTX 470 vs Radeon R9 M395X

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 makes use of a 40 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 607 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a frequency of 837 MHz on this particular card. It features 448 SPUs along with 56 Texture Address Units and 40 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon R9 M395X, which has GPU core speed of 723 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1250 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2048 Stream Processors, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon R9 M395X 125 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 90 Watts (72%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 M395X should in theory perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 470 in general. (explain)

Radeon R9 M395X 160000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
Difference: 26080 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 M395X is much (approximately 172%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

Radeon R9 M395X 92544 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 58552 (172%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 470 is a better choice, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
Radeon R9 M395X 23136 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1144 (5%)

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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Radeon R9 M395X

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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 470 Radeon R9 M395X
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2010 2015
Code Name GF100 Tonga
Memory 1280 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 723 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 5000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 125 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 160000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 92544 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 23136 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 2048
Texture Mapping Units 56 128
Render Output Units 40 32
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 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, 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 most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. 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 rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 470

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Radeon R9 M395X

Amazon.com

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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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