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GeForce GTX 980 vs Radeon RX 6700 XT

Intro

The GeForce GTX 980 has core clock speeds of 1126 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 2048 SPUs as well as 128 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 6700 XT, which uses a 7 nm design. AMD has set the core frequency at 2321 MHz. The GDDR6 RAM runs at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this specific model. It features 2560 SPUs along with 160 TAUs and 64 Rasterization Operator Units.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 980 165 Watts
Radeon RX 6700 XT 230 Watts
Difference: 65 Watts (39%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 6700 XT is 76% quicker than the GeForce GTX 980 overall, due to its higher data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 393216 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 980 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 169216 (76%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6700 XT should be a lot (about 158%) more effective at texture filtering than the GeForce GTX 980. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 371360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 980 144128 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 227232 (158%)

Pixel Rate

If running with lots of anti-aliasing is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6700 XT is superior to the GeForce GTX 980, and very much so. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 148544 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 980 72064 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 76480 (106%)

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 6700 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 March 2021
Code Name GM204-400 Navi 22
Memory 4096 MB (Unknown) MB
Core Speed 1126 MHz 2321 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 4000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 165 watts 230 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 393216 MB/sec
Texel Rate 144128 Mtexels/sec 371360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 72064 Mpixels/sec 148544 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 2048 2560
Texture Mapping Units 128 160
Render Output Units 64 64
Bus Type GDDR5 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 192-bit
Fab Process 28 nm 7 nm
Transistors 5200 million 17200 million
Bus PCIe 3.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 11.2 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.5 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the max amount of data (counted in megabytes per second) that can be moved over the external memory interface within a second. It's calculated by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the bandwidth is, the better the card will be in general. It especially helps with anti-aliasing, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum texture map elements (texels) that can be processed in one second. This is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the graphics card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels that 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 colour ROPs by the clock speed of the card. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - aka Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel output rate is also dependant on many other factors, especially the memory bandwidth - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the maximum fill rate.

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GeForce GTX 980

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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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