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Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon RX 470

Intro

The Geforce GTX 670 comes with a clock speed of 915 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1500 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1344 SPUs, 112 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 470, which has a core clock speed of 926 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1650 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It is comprised of 2048 SPUs, 128 TAUs, 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 670 170 Watts
Difference: 50 Watts (42%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 470, in theory, should be a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 670 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 211200 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 670 192000 MB/sec
Difference: 19200 (10%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 will be just a bit (about 16%) more effective at texture filtering than the Geforce GTX 670. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
Geforce GTX 670 102480 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 16048 (16%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 is a little bit (about 1%) more effective at AA than the Geforce GTX 670, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Geforce GTX 670 29280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 352 (1%)

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

Geforce GTX 670

Radeon RX 470

Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 670 Radeon RX 470
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year May 2012 August 2016
Code Name GK104 Polaris 10
Memory 2048 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 915 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 6000 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 170 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 192000 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 102480 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 29280 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1344 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 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 largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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