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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 470 4GB

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 comes with core clock speeds of 1050 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1664 SPUs along with 104 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 470 4GB, which comes with a clock speed of 926 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1650 MHz. It also features a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It features 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 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.

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 470 4GB 270 Sol/s
GeForce GTX 970 262 Sol/s
Difference: 8 (3%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 470 4GB 27 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 970 19 Mh/s
Difference: 8 (42%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 970 145 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (21%)

Memory Bandwidth

The GeForce GTX 970, in theory, should perform a small bit faster than the Radeon RX 470 4GB in general. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 224000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 211200 MB/sec
Difference: 12800 (6%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 4GB is just a bit (about 9%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 970. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 4GB 118528 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9328 (9%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970 is much (about 127%) faster with regards to full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 470 4GB, and should be able to handle higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 4GB 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 37568 (127%)

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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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 470 4GB
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 August 2016
Code Name GM204-200 Polaris 10
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1050 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 109200 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 67200 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1664 2048
Texture Mapping Units 104 128
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 transported over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 970

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Radeon RX 470 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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