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GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon RX 5500 XT

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 features a GPU core clock speed of 1126 MHz, and the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM is set to run at 1750 MHz through a 256-bit bus. It also is comprised of 2048 Stream Processors, 128 Texture Address Units, and 64 Raster Operation Units.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 5500 XT, which features a GPU core clock speed of 1717 MHz, and 8192 MB of GDDR6 RAM set to run at 1750 MHz through a 128-bit bus. It also features 1408 SPUs, 88 Texture Address Units, and 32 Raster Operation Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 130 Watts
GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
Difference: 35 Watts (27%)

Memory Bandwidth

In theory, the Radeon RX 5500 XT should perform a little bit faster than the GeForce GTX 980 overall. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 229376 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 5376 (2%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 5500 XT will be a small bit (more or less 5%) more effective at AF than the GeForce GTX 980. (explain)

Radeon RX 5500 XT 151096 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 6968 (5%)

Pixel Rate

If running with a high resolution is important to you, then the GeForce GTX 980 is the winner, by a large margin. (explain)

GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
Radeon RX 5500 XT 54944 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 17120 (31%)

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 980 Radeon RX 5500 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 December 2019
Code Name GM204-400 Navi 14 XTX
Memory 4096 MB 8192 MB
Core Speed 1126 MHz 1717 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 3500 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 165 watts 130 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 229376 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144128 Mtexels/sec 151096 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72064 Mpixels/sec 54944 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 1408
Texture Mapping Units 128 88
Render Output Units 64 32
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 128-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 7 nm
Transistors 5200 million 6400 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 ×16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Memory bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (measured in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory speed. In the case of DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses 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 amount of texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This figure is calculated by multiplying the total amount of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher this number, the better the video card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels in a second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels the graphics card can possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The number is calculated 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 outputting the pixels (image) to the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on many other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to get to the max fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980

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Radeon RX 5500 XT

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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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