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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 set the core frequency at 1050 MHz. The GDDR5 memory works at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 1664 SPUs along with 104 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 590, which comes with core clock speeds of 1469 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator 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

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 590 should theoretically be a small bit superior to 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%) better at 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

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970 is a better choice, 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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the 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 that the graphics chip can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on many 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 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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