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GeForce GTX 960 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 960 has core clock speeds of 1127 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 2048 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 560, which has a 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 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
GeForce GTX 960 120 Watts
Difference: 40 Watts (50%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 560 should be a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 960 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 960 112000 MB/sec
Difference: 2688 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 560 will be a little bit (more or less 4%) better at AF than the GeForce GTX 960. (explain)

Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 960 72128 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 3072 (4%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 960 should be quite a bit (more or less 92%) more effective at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 560, and also capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 960 36064 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17264 (92%)

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 960

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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 960 Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year January 2015 May 2017
Code Name GM206 Baffin
Memory 2048 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1127 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 28000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 120 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 112000 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 72128 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 36064 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1024 1024
Texture Mapping Units 64 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 max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the bandwidth is, 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core clock 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 in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated 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 is also dependant on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 960

Amazon.com

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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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