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GeForce GTX 950 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 950 features a core clock speed of 1024 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1652 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is comprised of 768 SPUs, 48 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 560, which features GPU core speed of 1175 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 7000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
GeForce GTX 950 90 Watts
Difference: 10 Watts (13%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically, the Radeon RX 560 should be a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 950 in general. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 950 105728 MB/sec
Difference: 8960 (8%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 should be quite a bit (about 53%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 950. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 950 49152 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 26048 (53%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 950 is a better choice, by far. (explain)

GeForce GTX 950 32768 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13968 (74%)

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 950

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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.

Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 950 Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year August 2015 May 2017
Code Name GM206 Baffin
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1024 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 6608 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 90 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 105728 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 49152 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 32768 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 768 1024
Texture Mapping Units 48 64
Render Output Units 32 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 128-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors 2940 million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is calculated by multiplying the number of ROPs by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably 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 950

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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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