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Radeon R9 380 2G vs Radeon RX 470

Intro

The Radeon R9 380 2G has a GPU clock speed of 970 MHz, and the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1425 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1792 Stream Processors, 112 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 470, which makes use of a 14 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 926 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a speed of 1650 MHz on this specific model. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 120 Watts
Radeon R9 380 2G 190 Watts
Difference: 70 Watts (58%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 470 will be 16% quicker than the Radeon R9 380 2G in general, due to its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 211200 MB/sec
Radeon R9 380 2G 182400 MB/sec
Difference: 28800 (16%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 will be a small bit (about 9%) more effective at AF than the Radeon R9 380 2G. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
Radeon R9 380 2G 108640 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 9888 (9%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon R9 380 2G is superior to the Radeon RX 470, though only just barely. (explain)

Radeon R9 380 2G 31040 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 1408 (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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Radeon R9 380 2G

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 470

Amazon.com

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 Radeon R9 380 2G Radeon RX 470
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year June 2015 August 2016
Code Name Antigua PRO Polaris 10
Memory 2048 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 970 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 5700 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 190 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 182400 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 108640 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 31040 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1792 2048
Texture Mapping Units 112 128
Render Output Units 32 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 5000 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 ×16 PCIe 3.0 x16
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 (measured in MB per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If the card has DDR type memory, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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