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GeForce GTX 1070 vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 makes use of a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 memory runs at a speed of 2000 MHz on this specific card. It features 1920 SPUs as well as 120 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 590, which makes use of a 12 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1469 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 2000 MHz on this specific model. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1070 150 Watts
Radeon RX 590 175 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (17%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same bandwidth, so in theory they should perform exactly the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 should be a bit (approximately 17%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 1070. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 211536 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1070 180720 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30816 (17%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1070 is superior to the Radeon RX 590, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 96384 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 590 47008 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 49376 (105%)

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

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1070 Radeon RX 590
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2016 November 2018
Code Name GP104-200 Polaris 30
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1469 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 180720 Mtexels/sec 211536 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96384 Mpixels/sec 47008 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 2304
Texture Mapping Units 120 144
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 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines 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 output rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1070

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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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