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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 470

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 comes with a GPU core speed of 1050 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1664 Stream Processors, 104 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 470, which features a clock frequency 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 is made up of 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

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

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 970 should in theory be a little bit better than the Radeon RX 470 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 is a small bit (more or less 9%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 970. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970 is a lot (more or less 127%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 470, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 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

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 GeForce GTX 970 Radeon RX 470
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 August 2016
Code Name GM204-200 Polaris 10
Memory 4096 MB 8192 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 (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, 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 better 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number 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 processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel output rate also depends on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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