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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 comes with a core clock frequency of 1050 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1664 SPUs, 104 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 590, which has core 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 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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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

In theory, the Radeon RX 590 should be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 970 overall. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 is a lot (approximately 94%) faster with regards to texture filtering 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 quite a bit (about 43%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon RX 590, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions while still performing well. (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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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 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 (in units of MB per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated 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 filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory 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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