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GeForce GTX 960 vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 960 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1127 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1750 MHz on this particular card. It features 1024 SPUs as well as 64 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 560, which has a GPU core clock speed of 1175 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM running at 7000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1024 Stream Processors, 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

The Radeon RX 560, in theory, should be a little 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 is a little bit (approximately 4%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 960. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 960 is superior to the Radeon RX 560, and very much so. (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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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: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen 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 number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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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.

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