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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 comes with a core clock frequency of 1050 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also features a 256-bit memory bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1664 SPUs, 104 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5500, which makes use of a 7 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1670 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM works at a frequency of 14000 MHz on this card. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 TAUs and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 970 145 Watts
Radeon RX 5500 150 Watts
Difference: 5 Watts (3%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 5500 should be 2% faster than the GeForce GTX 970 overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 970 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 5376 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 should be a lot (about 35%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 970. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 146960 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 37760 (35%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970 is quite a bit (approximately 26%) better at full screen anti-aliasing than the Radeon RX 5500, and also will be capable of handling higher resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 53440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 13760 (26%)

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 970

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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 970 Radeon RX 5500
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 October 2019
Code Name GM204-200 Navi 14 XT
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1050 MHz 1670 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 28000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 109200 Mtexels/sec 146960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 67200 Mpixels/sec 53440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1664 1408
Texture Mapping Units 104 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 max amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that are processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total texture units by the core 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 in a second.

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

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GeForce GTX 970

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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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