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GeForce GTX 970 vs Radeon RX 6700 XT

Intro

The GeForce GTX 970 has clock speeds of 1050 MHz on the GPU, and 1750 MHz on the 4096 MB of GDDR5 RAM. It features 1664 SPUs as well as 104 Texture Address Units and 64 ROPs.

Compare those specs to the Radeon RX 6700 XT, which comes with clock speeds of 2321 MHz on the GPU, and 2000 MHz on the (Unknown) MB of GDDR6 RAM. It features 2560 SPUs along with 160 TAUs and 64 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Power Consumption (Max TDP)

GeForce GTX 970 145 Watts
Radeon RX 6700 XT 230 Watts
Difference: 85 Watts (59%)

Memory Bandwidth

Theoretically speaking, the Radeon RX 6700 XT should be 76% quicker than the GeForce GTX 970 in general, because of its greater data rate. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 393216 MB/sec
GeForce GTX 970 224000 MB/sec
Difference: 169216 (76%)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6700 XT is quite a bit (approximately 240%) more effective at anisotropic filtering than the GeForce GTX 970. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 371360 Mtexels/sec
GeForce GTX 970 109200 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 262160 (240%)

Pixel Rate

If running with high levels of AA is important to you, then the Radeon RX 6700 XT is the winner, by far. (explain)

Radeon RX 6700 XT 148544 Mpixels/sec
GeForce GTX 970 67200 Mpixels/sec
Difference: 81344 (121%)

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 970

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Specifications

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Model GeForce GTX 970 Radeon RX 6700 XT
Manufacturer nVidia AMD
Year September 2014 March 2021
Code Name GM204-200 Navi 22
Memory 4096 MB (Unknown) MB
Core Speed 1050 MHz 2321 MHz
Memory Speed 7000 MHz 4000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 145 watts 230 watts
Bandwidth 224000 MB/sec 393216 MB/sec
Texel Rate 109200 Mtexels/sec 371360 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 67200 Mpixels/sec 148544 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 1664 2560
Texture Mapping Units 104 160
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 maximum amount of data (in units of MB per second) that can be transferred past the external memory interface in one second. The number is calculated by multiplying the card's bus width by its memory clock speed. In the case of DDR RAM, it should be multiplied by 2 once again. If it uses DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. 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 is calculated by multiplying the total number of texture units of the card by the core speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at handling texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum amount of pixels the graphics 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 colour ROPs by the the core 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 rate also depends on many other factors, most notably 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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GeForce GTX 970

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Radeon RX 6700 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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