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GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 has core clock speeds of 1126 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 590, which makes use of a 12 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1469 MHz. The GDDR5 memory is set to run at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this model. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
Radeon RX 590 175 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (6%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 590 should theoretically be just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 980 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 262144 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 38144 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 is much (approximately 47%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 980. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 211536 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 67408 (47%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 is the winner, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 590 47008 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 25056 (53%)

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 980

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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 980 Radeon RX 590
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 November 2018
Code Name GM204-400 Polaris 30
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1126 MHz 1469 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 165 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144128 Mtexels/sec 211536 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72064 Mpixels/sec 47008 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 2304
Texture Mapping Units 128 144
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 12 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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the video card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980

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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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