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GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has set the core frequency at 1126 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM works at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this specific card. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 5500, which features GPU clock speed of 1670 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR6 RAM running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1408 SPUs, 88 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 5500 150 Watts
GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (10%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon RX 5500, in theory, should perform just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 980 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 5376 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 is a little bit (more or less 2%) better at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 980. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 146960 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 2832 (2%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 should be much (approximately 35%) better at FSAA than the Radeon RX 5500, and also should be able to handle higher resolutions while still performing well. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 53440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 18624 (35%)

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 980

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Radeon RX 5500

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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 980 Radeon RX 5500
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 October 2019
Code Name GM204-400 Navi 14 XT
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1126 MHz 1670 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 165 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144128 Mtexels/sec 146960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72064 Mpixels/sec 53440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 1408
Texture Mapping Units 128 88
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 7 nm
Transistors 5200 million 6400 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of data (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at 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 the graphics card could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel rate also depends on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980

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Radeon RX 5500

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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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