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Geforce GTX 680 vs Radeon RX 470


Intro

The Geforce GTX 680 comes with a core clock frequency of 1006 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1502 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1536 SPUs, 128 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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

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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

In theory, the Radeon RX 470 should be 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 should be a small bit (more or less 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

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Geforce GTX 680 is superior to the Radeon RX 470, not by a very large margin though. (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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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: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the video 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 number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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