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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1050 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 1750 MHz on this specific card. It features 1664 SPUs along with 104 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which uses a 7 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 1717 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM works at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this particular card. It features 1408 SPUs along with 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 970 145 Watts
Difference: 15 Watts (12%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 5500 XT is 2% faster than the GeForce GTX 970 in general, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT is a lot (more or less 38%) faster with regards to texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 970. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 151096 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 41896 (38%)

Pixel Rate

If using lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 970 is superior to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 XT 54944 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 12256 (22%)

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 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 970 Radeon RX 5500 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 December 2019
Code Name GM204-200 Navi 14 XTX
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1050 MHz 1717 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 109200 Mtexels/sec 151096 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 67200 Mpixels/sec 54944 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 largest amount of information (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the interface width by its memory speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, 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 number of texture map elements (texels) that are applied per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the amount of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. 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 fill rate is also dependant on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - 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 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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