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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1050 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 1664 SPUs along with 104 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 590, which features a core clock frequency of 1469 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 2000 MHz. It also features 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 should be 17% faster 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 quite a bit (about 94%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 970. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970 will be a lot (approximately 43%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon RX 590, and will be capable of handling higher resolutions without losing too much performance. (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

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 590

Amazon.com

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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock 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 processed per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the core clock speed. 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 many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 970

Amazon.com

Radeon RX 590

Amazon.com

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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