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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 has a core clock frequency of 1050 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1664 SPUs, 104 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 590, which features a core clock speed of 1469 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also uses a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 12 nm design. It features 2304 SPUs, 144 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 970 145 Watts
Radeon RX 590 175 Watts
Difference: 30 Watts (21%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 590 will be 17% quicker than the GeForce GTX 970 in general, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 262144 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 970 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 38144 (17%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 should be a lot (about 94%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 970. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 211536 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 102336 (94%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970 is superior to the Radeon RX 590, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 590 47008 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 20192 (43%)

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 590
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 November 2018
Code Name GM204-200 Polaris 30
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1050 MHz 1469 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 109200 Mtexels/sec 211536 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 67200 Mpixels/sec 47008 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1664 2304
Texture Mapping Units 104 144
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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 970

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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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