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GeForce GTX 1070 vs Radeon RX 5500

Intro

The GeForce GTX 1070 uses a 16 nm design. nVidia has clocked the core speed at 1506 MHz. The GDDR5 RAM runs at a speed of 2000 MHz on this card. It features 1920 SPUs along with 120 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 5500, which comes with a core clock speed of 1670 MHz and a GDDR6 memory speed of 1750 MHz. It also features a 128-bit bus, and makes use of a 7 nm design. It is comprised of 1408 SPUs, 88 TAUs, and 32 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the GeForce GTX 1070 is 14% faster than the Radeon RX 5500 overall, because of its higher bandwidth. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 262144 MB/sec
Radeon RX 5500 229376 MB/sec
Difference: 32768 (14%)

Texel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 should be quite a bit (more or less 23%) better at AF than the Radeon RX 5500. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 180720 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 146960 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 33760 (23%)

Pixel Rate

The GeForce GTX 1070 should be quite a bit (more or less 80%) faster with regards to FSAA than the Radeon RX 5500, and also capable of handling higher screen resolutions without losing too much performance. (explain)

GeForce GTX 1070 96384 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 53440 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 42944 (80%)

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 1070 Radeon RX 5500
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year June 2016 October 2019
Code Name GP104-200 Navi 14 XT
Memory 8192 MB 4096 MB
Core Speed 1506 MHz 1670 MHz
Memory Speed 8000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 150 watts 150 watts
Bandwidth 262144 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 180720 Mtexels/sec 146960 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 96384 Mpixels/sec 53440 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1920 1408
Texture Mapping Units 120 88
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 16 nm 7 nm
Transistors 7200 million 6400 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 12.0 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the max amount of data (measured in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface in a second. It is worked out by multiplying the card's interface width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by 4 instead. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, 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 applied in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the video card can possibly write to the local memory in a second - measured in millions of pixels per second. Pixel rate is worked out by multiplying the number of Render Output Units by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - sometimes also referred to as Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel rate also depends on lots of other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the memory bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 1070

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Radeon RX 5500

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