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GeForce GTX 1070 vs Radeon RX 480


The GeForce GTX 1070 makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 2000 MHz on this particular card. It features 1920 SPUs along with 120 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 480, which comes with core clock speeds of 1120 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so theoretically they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 is a little bit (about 12%) more effective at AF than the Radeon RX 480. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 180720 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 480 161280 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 19440 (12%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1070 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 96384 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 480 35840 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 60544 (169%)

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 1070

Radeon RX 480

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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Model GeForce GTX 1070 Radeon RX 480
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2016 June 2016
Code Name GP104-200 Polaris 10
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1120 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 180720 Mtexels/sec 161280 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96384 Mpixels/sec 35840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 2304
Texture Mapping Units 120 144
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 14 nm
Transistors 7200 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 ×16 PCIe 3.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.


2 Responses to “GeForce GTX 1070 vs Radeon RX 480”
Serg says:

Please. Bring Series 1070-1080 Nvidia graphics card according to the ranking after the GTX 9 ** series.

XXXeeqXXX says:

same memory setting, but RX more slower than 1070 lol

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