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GeForce GTX 480 vs Radeon RX 470

Intro

The GeForce GTX 480 uses a 40 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 700 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a frequency of 924 MHz on this card. It features 480 SPUs as well as 60 TAUs and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 470, which comes with core speeds of 926 MHz on the GPU, and 1650 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 RAM. 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 480 3650 points
Difference: 8160 (224%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 470 120 Watts
GeForce GTX 480 250 Watts
Difference: 130 Watts (108%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 470 will be 19% faster than the GeForce GTX 480 overall, because of its greater bandwidth. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 211200 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 480 177408 MB/sec
Difference: 33792 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 470 should be quite a bit (about 182%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 480. (explain)

Radeon RX 470 118528 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 480 42000 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 76528 (182%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 480 is the winner, but not by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 480 33600 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 470 29632 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 3968 (13%)

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 480

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 480 Radeon RX 470
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year March 2010 August 2016
Code Name GF100 Polaris 10
Memory 1536 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 700 MHz 926 MHz
Memory Speed 3696 MHz 6600 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 250 watts 120 watts
Bandwidth 177408 MB/sec 211200 MB/sec
Texel Rate 42000 Mtexels/sec 118528 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 33600 Mpixels/sec 29632 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 480 2048
Texture Mapping Units 60 128
Render Output Units 48 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 384-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 14 nm
Transistors 3000 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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