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GeForce GTX 1070 vs Radeon RX 590

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 comes with a GPU core speed of 1506 MHz, and the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory runs at 2000 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also features 1920 SPUs, 120 TAUs, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare all of that to the Radeon RX 590, which comes with core speeds of 1469 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the 8192 MB of GDDR5 memory. It features 2304 SPUs along with 144 Texture Address Units and 32 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 1070 150 Watts
Radeon RX 590 175 Watts
Difference: 25 Watts (17%)

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have exactly the same bandwidth, so in theory they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 590 should be a bit (approximately 17%) faster with regards to AF than the GeForce GTX 1070. (explain)

Radeon RX 590 211536 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 1070 180720 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 30816 (17%)

Pixel Rate

If using a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 1070 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 96384 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 590 47008 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 49376 (105%)

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 1070

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 1070 Radeon RX 590
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2016 November 2018
Code Name GP104-200 Polaris 30
Memory 8192 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1469 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 8000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 175 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 262144 MB/sec
Texel Rate 180720 Mtexels/sec 211536 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96384 Mpixels/sec 47008 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 2304
Texture Mapping Units 120 144
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 12 nm
Transistors 7200 million 5700 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.5

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transported 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, the result should be multiplied by 2 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 anti-aliasing, High Dynamic Range and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be applied per second. This number is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better the texel rate, the better the video 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 most pixels the video card could possibly record to its local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the core clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate is also dependant on quite a few other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the ability to reach the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1070

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Radeon RX 590

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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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