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Geforce GTX 670 vs Radeon RX 470

Intro

The Geforce GTX 670 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 915 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a speed of 1500 MHz on this particular model. It features 1344 SPUs along with 112 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 470, which comes with core clock speeds of 926 MHz on the GPU, and 1650 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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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

In theory, the Radeon RX 470 should be 10% faster than the Geforce GTX 670 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (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%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Geforce GTX 670. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 470 is superior to the Geforce GTX 670, but only just. (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

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Geforce GTX 670

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 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 maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better 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 are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock 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 applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many 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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