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Geforce GTX 690 vs Radeon RX 470

Intro

The Geforce GTX 690 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 1502 MHz on this card. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 470, which comes with a clock speed of 926 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1650 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It is comprised of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 120 Watts
Geforce GTX 690 300 Watts
Difference: 180 Watts (150%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Geforce GTX 690 will be 82% quicker than the Radeon RX 470 in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 384512 MB/sec
Radeon RX 470 211200 MB/sec
Difference: 173312 (82%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 should be a lot (more or less 98%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 470. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 234240 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 115712 (98%)

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 690 is much (approximately 98%) better at FSAA than the Radeon RX 470, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

Geforce GTX 690 58560 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 28928 (98%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

Geforce GTX 690

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Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 690 Radeon RX 470
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year April 2012 August 2016
Code Name GK104 Polaris 10
Memory 2048 MB (x2) 8192 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz (x2) 926 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz (x2) 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 300 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 384512 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 234240 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 58560 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 (x2) 2048
Texture Mapping Units 128 (x2) 128
Render Output Units 32 (x2) 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit (x2) 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 3540 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.2 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as 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 - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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