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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 features a core clock speed of 1050 MHz and a GDDR5 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and uses a 28 nm design. It is made up of 1664 SPUs, 104 TAUs, and 64 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which makes use of a 7 nm design. AMD has clocked the core frequency at 1717 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM works at a frequency of 1750 MHz on this card. It features 1408 SPUs as well as 88 TAUs 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

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

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

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT should be quite a bit (more or less 38%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 970. (explain)

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

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 970 will be a lot (more or less 22%) better at AA than the Radeon RX 5500 XT, and capable of handling higher resolutions better. (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: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If it uses DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the most pixels that the graphics card can possibly record to its local memory per second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for filling the screen with pixels (the image). The actual pixel 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 get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 970

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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