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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 has core speeds of 1050 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 1664 SPUs along with 104 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 5500, which has a core clock speed of 1670 MHz and a GDDR6 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 7 nm design. It is comprised of 1408 SPUs, 88 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation 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

The Radeon RX 5500 should theoretically be just a bit faster than the GeForce GTX 970 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 is quite a bit (more or less 35%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 970. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970 is the winner, by far. (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 3500 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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported over the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's interface width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the clock speed of the card. 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 lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 970

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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