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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 480 4GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1050 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 1664 SPUs along with 104 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which comes with GPU core speed of 1120 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2304 SPUs, 144 Texture Address Units, 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.

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 480 4GB 267 Sol/s
GeForce GTX 970 262 Sol/s
Difference: 5 (2%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 480 4GB 25 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 970 19 Mh/s
Difference: 6 (32%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 970 145 Watts
Radeon RX 480 4GB 150 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 480 4GB should theoretically perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 970 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 970 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 5376 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 480 4GB is much (more or less 48%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 970. (explain)

Radeon RX 480 4GB 161280 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 52080 (48%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970 is the winner, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 480 4GB 35840 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 31360 (88%)

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 970 Radeon RX 480 4GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 June 2016
Code Name GM204-200 Polaris 10
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1050 MHz 1120 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 109200 Mtexels/sec 161280 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 67200 Mpixels/sec 35840 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1664 2304
Texture Mapping Units 104 144
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 5200 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 are processed in one second. This is worked out 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 number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock 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 output rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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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.

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