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GeForce GTX 470 vs GeForce GTX 980M

Intro

The GeForce GTX 470 features a clock frequency of 607 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 837 MHz. It also features a 320-bit bus, and uses a 40 nm design. It features 448 SPUs, 56 Texture Address Units, and 40 Raster Operation Units.

Compare that to the GeForce GTX 980M, which features a core clock frequency of 1038 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1000 MHz. It also makes use of a 256-bit bus, and makes use of a 28 nm design. It features 1536 SPUs, 96 Texture Address Units, and 64 ROPs.

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Benchmarks

These are real-world performance benchmarks that were submitted by Hardware Compare users. The scores seen here are the average of all benchmarks submitted for each respective test and hardware.

3DMark Fire Strike Graphics Score

GeForce GTX 980M 9476 points
GeForce GTX 470 2937 points
Difference: 6539 (223%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980M 100 Watts
GeForce GTX 470 215 Watts
Difference: 115 Watts (115%)

Memory Bandwidth

Performance-wise, the GeForce GTX 470 should theoretically be a little bit superior to the GeForce GTX 980M overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 470 133920 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 980M 128000 MB/sec
Difference: 5920 (5%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M will be much (approximately 193%) faster with regards to anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 470. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 99648 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 33992 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 65656 (193%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M should be a lot (more or less 174%) faster with regards to FSAA than the GeForce GTX 470, and should be capable of handling higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 66432 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 470 24280 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 42152 (174%)

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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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 470 GeForce GTX 980M
Manufacturer nVidia nVidia
Year March 2010 October 7 2014
Code Name GF100 GM204
Memory 1280 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 607 MHz 1038 MHz
Memory Speed 3348 MHz 4000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 215 watts 100 watts
Bandwidth 133920 MB/sec 128000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 33992 Mtexels/sec 99648 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 24280 Mpixels/sec 66432 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 448 1536
Texture Mapping Units 56 96
Render Output Units 40 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 320-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 40 nm 28 nm
Transistors 3000 million (Unknown) million
Bus PCIe x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.1 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the largest amount of information (counted in MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in a second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. In the case of DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This number 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 card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in one second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly record to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the core speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 470

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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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