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GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 comes with clock speeds of 1126 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs along with 128 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which makes use of a 7 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1717 MHz. The GDDR6 memory runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 Texture Address Units and 32 ROPs.

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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

The Radeon RX 5500 XT should theoretically perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 980 overall. (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 (approximately 5%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 980. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 is superior to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, by a large margin. (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: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of MB per second) that can be moved past the external memory interface in a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory speed. If it uses DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and high resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card could possibly record to the 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 core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability 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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