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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 570

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 comes with a GPU clock speed of 1050 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is made up of 1664 SPUs, 104 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 570, which comes with core speeds of 1168 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 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 570 12108 points
GeForce GTX 970 10867 points
Difference: 1241 (11%)

Zcash Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 570 298 Sol/s
GeForce GTX 970 262 Sol/s
Difference: 36 (14%)

Ethereum Mining Hash Rate

Radeon RX 570 26 Mh/s
GeForce GTX 970 19 Mh/s
Difference: 7 (37%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 970 145 Watts
Radeon RX 570 150 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 570 should theoretically be a bit better than the GeForce GTX 970 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 570 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 970 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 5376 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 570 will be a lot (approximately 37%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 970. (explain)

Radeon RX 570 149504 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 40304 (37%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970 is a better choice, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 570 37376 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 29824 (80%)

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 970

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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 970 Radeon RX 570
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 April 2017
Code Name GM204-200 Polaris 20
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1050 MHz 1168 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 109200 Mtexels/sec 149504 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 67200 Mpixels/sec 37376 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1664 2048
Texture Mapping Units 104 128
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 5200 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in one second. It's worked out by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the clock 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 output rate is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 970

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Radeon RX 570

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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.

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