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GeForce GTX 1070 vs Radeon R9 295X2

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 features clock speeds of 1506 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1920 SPUs along with 120 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon R9 295X2, which comes with GPU core speed of 1018 MHz, and 4096 MB of GDDR5 memory set to run at 1250 MHz through a 512-bit bus. It also is made up of 2816 SPUs, 176 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

Radeon R9 295X2 21205 points
GeForce GTX 1070 18174 points
Difference: 3031 (17%)

Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1070 150 Watts
Radeon R9 295X2 500 Watts
Difference: 350 Watts (233%)

Memory Bandwidth

The Radeon R9 295X2 should theoretically be a lot faster than the GeForce GTX 1070 overall. (explain)

Radeon R9 295X2 640000 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 1070 262144 MB/sec
Difference: 377856 (144%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon R9 295X2 will be a lot (more or less 98%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 1070. (explain)

Radeon R9 295X2 358336 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1070 180720 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 177616 (98%)

Pixel Rate

The Radeon R9 295X2 is a lot (more or less 35%) more effective at FSAA than the GeForce GTX 1070, and also able to handle higher screen resolutions without slowing down too much. (explain)

Radeon R9 295X2 130304 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 1070 96384 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 33920 (35%)

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.

One or more cards in this comparison are multi-core. This means that their bandwidth, texel and pixel rates are theoretically doubled - this does not mean the card will actually perform twice as fast, but only that it should in theory be able to. Actual game benchmarks will give a more accurate idea of what it's capable of.

Price Comparison

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GeForce GTX 1070

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1070 Radeon R9 295X2
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2016 April 2014
Code Name GP104-200 Vesuvius
Memory 8192 MB 4096 MB (x2)
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1018 MHz (x2)
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 5000 MHz (x2)
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 500 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 640000 MB/sec
Texel Rate 180720 Mtexels/sec 358336 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96384 Mpixels/sec 130304 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 2816 (x2)
Texture Mapping Units 120 176 (x2)
Render Output Units 64 64 (x2)
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 512-bit (x2)
Fab Process 16 nm 28 nm
Transistors 7200 million 6200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 11.2
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.3

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of information (in units of megabytes per second) that can be transferred across the external memory interface within a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's bus width by the speed of its memory. If it uses DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The better the card's memory bandwidth, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

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

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly record to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is worked out by multiplying the amount of Render Output Units by the clock 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 is also dependant on quite a few other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1070

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Radeon R9 295X2

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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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