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GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 features a GPU clock speed of 1126 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2048 Stream Processors, 128 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 590, which has core clock speeds of 1469 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2304 SPUs as well as 144 TAUs and 32 ROPs.

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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

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 590 should in theory be a small bit better 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 a lot (more or less 47%) better 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 running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 is superior to the Radeon RX 590, by a large margin. (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 data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card 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 per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card 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 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 output rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum 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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