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GeForce GTX 970M vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970M features a core clock speed of 924 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also uses a 192-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 1280 SPUs, 80 Texture Address Units, and 48 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 560, which comes with a core clock speed of 1175 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 7000 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 14 nm design. It is comprised of 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 970M 75 Watts
Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (7%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 560 should theoretically be just a bit superior to the GeForce GTX 970M overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 970M 96000 MB/sec
Difference: 18688 (19%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 will be a small bit (approximately 2%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 970M. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 970M 73920 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 1280 (2%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970M is much (approximately 136%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon RX 560, and will be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970M 44352 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 25552 (136%)

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 970M

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 970M Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 7 2014 May 2017
Code Name GM204 Baffin
Memory 3072 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 924 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 75 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 96000 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 73920 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 44352 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1280 1024
Texture Mapping Units 80 64
Render Output Units 48 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 192-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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once 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 high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, 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 most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 970M

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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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