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GeForce GTX 980M vs Radeon RX 560

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980M makes use of a 28 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core frequency at 1038 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM is set to run at a speed of 1000 MHz on this specific model. It features 1536 SPUs as well as 96 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

Compare all that to the Radeon RX 560, which has a clock speed of 1175 MHz and a GDDR5 memory frequency of 1750 MHz. It also features a 128-bit memory bus, and uses a 14 nm design. It is made up of 1024 SPUs, 64 TAUs, and 16 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 560 80 Watts
GeForce GTX 980M 100 Watts
Difference: 20 Watts (25%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 980M should be a small bit faster than the Radeon RX 560 overall. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 128000 MB/sec
Radeon RX 560 114688 MB/sec
Difference: 13312 (12%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 980M will be much (approximately 33%) more effective at AF than the Radeon RX 560. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 99648 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 560 75200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 24448 (33%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high screen resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980M is superior to the Radeon RX 560, and very much so. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980M 66432 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 560 18800 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 47632 (253%)

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.

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 980M Radeon RX 560
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year October 7 2014 May 2017
Code Name GM204 Baffin
Memory 4096 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1038 MHz 1175 MHz
Memory Speed 4000 MHz 7000 MHz
Power (Max TDP) 100 watts 80 watts
Bandwidth 128000 MB/sec 114688 MB/sec
Texel Rate 99648 Mtexels/sec 75200 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 66432 Mpixels/sec 18800 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1536 1024
Texture Mapping Units 96 64
Render Output Units 64 16
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR5
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 14 nm
Transistors (Unknown) million 3000 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 3.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12.0
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the largest amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be transported across the external memory interface in one second. It's calculated by multiplying the interface width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the bandwidth is, the better 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed per second. This is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The better this number, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels processed in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics card can possibly write to its local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is worked out by multiplying the amount of Raster Operations Pipelines by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes 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 of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the ability to get to the max fill rate.

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