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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 comes with a GPU clock speed of 1050 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM runs at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 1664 Stream Processors, 104 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 5500, which features a core clock speed of 1670 MHz and a GDDR6 memory frequency of 14000 MHz. It also makes use of a 128-bit bus, and uses a 7 nm design. It features 1408 SPUs, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 ROPs.

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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

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 5500 should theoretically be a bit better 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 will be a lot (more or less 35%) better at 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

The GeForce GTX 970 is much (approximately 26%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon RX 5500, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions better. (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: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of information (counted in megabytes per second) that can be transported past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type memory, the result should be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and high resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the number of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called 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 memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach 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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