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GeForce GTX 980M vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980M features core clock speeds of 1038 MHz on the GPU, and 1000 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 Texture Address Units and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 560, which features a core clock frequency of 1175 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 7000 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It features 1024 SPUs, 64 Texture Address Units, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
GeForce GTX 980M 100 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

As far as performance goes, the GeForce GTX 980M should theoretically be a bit superior to the Radeon RX 560 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 128000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 13312 (12%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M will be quite a bit (more or less 33%) better at anisotropic filtering than the Radeon RX 560. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 99648 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24448 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980M is superior to the Radeon RX 560, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 66432 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 47632 (253%)

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 980M

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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 980M Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 7 2014 May 2017
Code Name GM204 Baffin
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1038 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 100 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 99648 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 66432 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 1024
Texture Mapping Units 96 64
Render Output Units 64 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980M

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Radeon RX 560

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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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