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GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

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 Stream Processors, 128 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specifications to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which comes with GPU clock speed of 1717 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR6 memory running at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1408 Stream Processors, 88 TAUs, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 130 Watts
GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (27%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the Radeon RX 5500 XT should in theory be a bit better than the GeForce GTX 980 in general. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT will be a little bit (more or less 5%) better at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 980. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 151096 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6968 (5%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980 should be a lot (about 31%) faster with regards to AA than the Radeon RX 5500 XT, and capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 XT 54944 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17120 (31%)

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 XT

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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 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 December 2019
Code Name GM204-400 Navi 14 XTX
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1126 MHz 1717 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 165 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144128 Mtexels/sec 151096 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72064 Mpixels/sec 54944 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 max amount of information (measured in megabytes per second) that can be transferred over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR type RAM, the result should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the memory bandwidth, the faster 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that are processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980

Amazon.com

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Radeon RX 5500 XT

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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