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GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 has a GPU clock speed of 1126 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 2048 SPUs, 128 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 5500, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1670 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR6 memory set to run at 14000 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1408 SPUs, 88 Texture Address Units, 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

As far as performance goes, the Radeon RX 5500 should in theory be a little bit better than the GeForce GTX 980 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 should be just a bit (approximately 2%) more effective 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

If using a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 is the winner, by far. (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 28000 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: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This number is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

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

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GeForce GTX 980

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 5500

Amazon.com

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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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