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GeForce GTX 1070 Ti vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has set the core speed at 1607 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 2000 MHz on this specific card. It features 2432 SPUs along with 152 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 590, which uses a 12 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1469 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a speed of 2000 MHz on this specific model. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 590 175 Watts
GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 180 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same memory bandwidth, so theoretically they should have the same performance. (explain)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti will be just a bit (about 15%) better at texture filtering than the Radeon RX 590. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 244264 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 590 211536 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 32728 (15%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti is superior to the Radeon RX 590, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 Ti 102848 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 590 47008 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 55840 (119%)

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 1070 Ti

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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 1070 Ti Radeon RX 590
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year November 2017 November 2018
Code Name GP104-300 Polaris 30
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1607 MHz 1469 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 180 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 244264 Mtexels/sec 211536 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 102848 Mpixels/sec 47008 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2432 2304
Texture Mapping Units 152 144
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 12 nm
Transistors 7200 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better 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 could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1070 Ti

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Radeon RX 590

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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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