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Geforce GTX 680 vs Radeon RX 470

Intro

The Geforce GTX 680 has clock speeds of 1006 MHz on the GPU, and 1502 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs along with 128 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

Radeon RX 470 11810 points
Geforce GTX 680 7646 points
Difference: 4164 (54%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 470 26 Mh/s
Geforce GTX 680 16 Mh/s
Difference: 10 (63%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 120 Watts
Geforce GTX 680 195 Watts
Difference: 75 Watts (63%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 470 should theoretically perform a bit faster than the Geforce GTX 680 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 211200 MB/sec
Geforce GTX 680 192256 MB/sec
Difference: 18944 (10%)

Texel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 is a small bit (about 9%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 470. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 128768 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 10240 (9%)

Pixel Rate

The Geforce GTX 680 will be a bit (approximately 9%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon RX 470, and able to handle higher resolutions more effectively. (explain)

Geforce GTX 680 32192 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 2560 (9%)

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.

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Geforce GTX 680

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Specifications

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Model Geforce GTX 680 Radeon RX 470
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2012 August 2016
Code Name GK104 Polaris 10
Memory 2048 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1006 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 6008 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 195 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 192256 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 128768 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32192 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 2048
Texture Mapping Units 128 128
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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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