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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 480 4GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 has a GPU core clock speed of 1050 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory is set to run at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1664 Stream Processors, 104 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 480 4GB, which has core speeds of 1120 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 TAUs 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

Theoretically, the Radeon RX 480 4GB should be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 970 overall. (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 (approximately 48%) faster with regards to 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 using 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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GeForce GTX 970

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Radeon RX 480 4GB

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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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 970

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Radeon RX 480 4GB

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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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